The service began at 10 a.m. at the Self-Realization Fellowship and included tributes and prayers for family and invited friends, said Stuart Wolferman, who served as a family spokesman following Shankar’s death.
The 20-year Encinitas resident, whose collaboration with George Harrison led the late Beatle to play the sitar in a couple of songs by the “Fab Four,” died Dec. 11 following surgery at Scripps Mercy Hospital to replace a heart valve.
He had suffered from heart and upper respiratory problems for about a year, according to his publicist.
Shankar is survived by his wife of 23 years, Sukanya; two daughters, Anoushka Shankar, a sitar musician who was recently nominated for a Grammy Award, and five-time Grammy winner Norah Jones; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Ravi Shankar Foundation at JustGive.org.