Indian music entered a new era after independence. The turning point came in 1960s. This was the time when classical Indian music took a definite term. With world becoming a closer place for musicians, Indian musicians started making mark for themselves in the western countries. The trend was started by Pandit Ravi Shankar who was gaining popularity in USA. His moment of fame arrived in form of his collaboration with legendary musical band “The Beatles”. Pandit Ravi Shankar played sitar for Beatles’ album which went on to become a huge hit. He later shifted to United States. Thus began a new chapter in Indian music. Western students started learning Indian classical music. Another great musician Sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan also gained popularity in USA and subsequently he settled there.


Another factor which contributed in the development of Indian classical music in the western world was renowned movie director Satyajit Ray. He was the first Indian director to attain world wide recognition. He was an institution in meaningful art cinemas. To his credit, he collaborated with Ravi Shankar and Vilayat Khan, who composed music for some of his movies. Vilayat Khan is one of the greatest Sitarist India has ever produced. Combination of these greats also helped in bringing Indian music to the attention of advanced world.