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Anoushka Shankar

Sun 14 May 2023
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World-leading sitar player combines tradition with modern fusions

Anoushka was first taught to play aged nine by her father, preeminent 20th century sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar. Yet after making her professional debut aged 13 and touring with her dad and mentor worldwide, for the past 25 years Anoushka Shankar has blazed her own trail across the music world, breaking barriers along the way: alongside many other successes, Anoushka was the first Indian musician to perform live and present at the Grammy Awards, for which she has been nominated seven times.

Anoushka has released celebrated albums that showcase her command of traditional ragas, though also an ability to meld with sounds ranging from Spanish flamenco to electronica. Along the way she has collaborated with artists including Sting, Patti Smith and Herbie Hancock, while also composing film scores. Anoushka is also an impassioned activist, as proved by last year's single In Her Name, which focused on violence against women. Support comes from Petit Oiseau, a boundary-breaking project that brings together Indian classical musician Jatinder Sing Durhailay, graceful master of the dilruba, a 300-year-old bowed instrument, with synthesised accompaniment from Suren Seneviratne.

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