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Ravi Shankar ensures show goes on

Ravi Shankar (left) and his daughter Anoushka Shankar performing in Lebanon on 7 July 2005
Ravi Shankar was performing with his daughter Anoushka

Sitar star Ravi Shankar performed at a concert in France, despite two of his treasured instruments being broken during a flight from Lebanon.

New instruments arrived in time for his performance at the World Music festival in the southern French town of Arles on Sunday evening.

A festival spokeswoman said he was able to tune up the instruments before putting on a "wonderful" performance.

Mr Shankar, 85, said of the sitars: "I feel like I have lost two relatives."

He had played them for years.

'Wonderful concert'

A replacement sitar flown specially from London was declared "unusable" by the musician, who was born in India but now lives in California.

But his instrument-maker arrived from India with two sitars, enabling the concert with his daughter Anoushka Shankar to go ahead.

A spokeswoman at the festival told BBC News the sitars arrived at lunchtime on Sunday and he was able to test them out before the performance.

"It was perfect. It was an absolutely wonderful concert," she said.

Mr Shankar's family are blaming Air France for breaking the sitars.

A spokesman for the airline said: "The company is seeking a evaluation of the damage and the harm done."

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