Anoushka Shankar, her step-sister Grammy-winning singer Norah Jones, Olivia Harrison.
Former Beatle George Harrison's widow Olivia joined hundreds of fans and family of Pandit Ravi Shankar on Thursday (December 20) at an open-air memorial to the Indian sitar legend near his California home.
Anoushka Shankar, daughter of the late musician who died last week near San Diego, and her step-sister Grammy-winning singer Norah Jones also paid their last respects at the service in a palm tree-lined meditation center.
Tributes were read out from fellow musicians and artists who had been inspired by Shankar, labeled The Godfather of World Music by the Beatles and compared to Mozart by violin maestro Yehudi Menuhin.
Ms Harrison, whose late husband learned sitar from Pandit Ravi Shankar and collaborated with him notably on the ground-breaking Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, said the former Beatle had learned so much from their friendship.
"They were like father and son as well as brothers... they made each other laugh as if they shared a secret. And I'm sure they did," said the 64-year-old, whose husband died of cancer in 2001.
Pandit Ravi Shankar "laid the stepping stones from West to East, that led George to new concepts, alternative philosophies and completely transformed his musical sensibilities," she said.
"They exchanged ideas and melodies until their minds and hearts, East and West, were entwined, like a double helix," she added in Encinitas, where Pandit Shankar had a home.
Pandit Shankar's 31-year-old daughter Anoushka -- also a sitar player, and just nominated for a Grammy -- told the audience that her father would have approved of the memorial's venue, the Self-Realization Fellowship spiritual center.
"My father loved spending time here so much, so it feels so right for us to be here celebrating his journey," she said, before tributes were read out from singer Peter Gabriel and film director Martin Scorsese.
Peter Gabriel said: "Ravi Shankar opened the door to non-Western music for millions of people around the world."
"His music has such power, seeming ancient and immediate, impassioned and meditative, full of sorrow and joy. He was a true master," said Scorsese. "From the first time i met him ... his brilliant sitar playing has mesmerized me."
Pandit Ravi Shankar died last Tuesday at the age of 92, after failing to recover from surgery at a hospital in La Jolla, near San Diego. His family was at his bedside.
Private memorial services were announced both in the United States and India, where Panidt Shankar also had a home.
Jazzy soul singer Jones, Pandit Ravi Shankar's daughter from an affair with a US concert producer, was dressed in black and kept a low profile at Thursday's event in Encinitas, up the coast from San Diego.
His widow Sukanya was also at the California memorial, which started with prayers chanted by M.N. Nandakumara of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan institute for Indian art and culture in London.
Mr Nandakumara said that Mr Shankar's music "brought people of various countries, communities together to his soul-stirring music, which was matchless.
"I do not know another musician who has understood the Eastern and Western music the way (Pandit Shankar) understood it, and interpreted it in such a way that people around the world were mesmerized by it," he said.
As well as Indian family and friends, Thursday's event -- at which speakers were flanked on stage by photos of Pandit Ravi Shankar at various stages of his life -- was attended by locals and other fans and followers.
"He's local, he's part of the community here," said Eddy Jimenez, a musician and trumpet player from Encinitas, comparing Shankar's influence and music to that of George Harrison's fellow Beatle John Lennon.
"He's a bridge between humanity, really, not just East and West. I'm just here to pay my respects," the 61-year-old told AFP.