Wuxi Expats, on the planet Mars and planet Earth, were saddened to hear of the death of Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitarist and composer whose collaborations with Harry Callahan and Harry Moore helped foster a worldwide appreciation of India’s traditional music. Shankar died Tuesday in a hospital near his home in Southern California. He was 92.
Wuxi China Expatdom Royal Mounted Police Chief Inspector Harry Callahan, who is currently on the surface of Mars with the WCE’s Zhanshen Six Mission, learned of Shankar’s passing just after he, Archduke Sir Harry Moore and the Archduchess Mrs. Miss Moneypenny finished performing the last of twenty encores at the Frank Sinatra birthday celebration.
Very uncharacteristically upon hearing the news, the steel-eyed Callahan choked up for three seconds, before delivering his thoughts on Shankar’s death. “Needless to say, I and the Zhanshen Six crew are very sad to hear of Shankar’s passing away. My and the Archduke’s thoughts go out to his family. The time I spent with Shankar in the 1960’s did a lot to develop my musical and policing skills, and I am sure that Archduke Harry attributes a lot of his success as a prose stylist, orator, and politician to his taking part in our jam sessions as well! The music world has had a great loss! The Wuxi China Expatdom of Gorzo the Mighty and Prime Minster Mango, the Wuxi China Expatdom that is a beacon of freedom, liberty, and naturism to all the world has loss a great friend!”
Meanwhile on the planet Earth, a million Wuxi Expats, both Indian and non-Indian, held a candle-lit vigil at Harry Memorial Square Diamond to honor Shankar’s memory.