People around the world are mourning the legendary Indian musician Ravi Shankar, who died earlier this week. In Chicago, that group includes fans, presenters and performers of his music.
Musician Lyon Liefer doesn't play the sitar, he plays the bansuri, a North Indian side-blown flute. Still, he says he comes from the "school" of Shankar.
By school Liefer doesn't mean an actual building or registered institution, but a particular approach to performance. In Liefer's case, the connection to Shankar is deep. His guru or teacher was taught by Allaudin Khan, the same man who trained Shankar.
Liefer never met Shankar, though he was actually in India when the Beatles were there. He says he has great admiration for Shankar's "personality, charisma and ability to relate to audiences.