America's Hindu leaders are urging Oscars bosses to follow the example of their Grammy Awards peers and honour the late Ravi Shankar at the 2013 Academy Awards.

The sitar player passed away late on Tuesday (11Dec12) just hours before the world learned he was to be awarded a special Grammy accolade in February (13). That honour will now be presented posthumously.

And Hindus now feel Shankar's life should be honoured at the Oscars.

Rajan Zed, the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, tells Wenn, "Ravi Shankar gave so much to the world in his lifetime through music and he will continue to do so in the coming decades. He was highly revered in the world of music for his intense, distinct and deeply moving music and was known for rhythmic novelties.

"We urge the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to grant him a Special Oscar at the Academy Awards on February 24th and we'd also like to extend that wish for next year's Kennedy Center Honors, so that Ravi Shankar can be further celebrated for his unparalleled contributions to world of music."

Shankar's music has featured in almost 20 films and he was Oscar nominated for his work on Gandhi.