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Anoushka Shankar: The Legacy of the Sitar

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She owes her robust knowledge of classical Indian music to her father, the legendary virtuoso Ravi Shankar. It is from that she inherited the mastering of the sitar, an instrument she got to know when she was nine years old. On Wednesday, September 26, Anoushka Shankar captivated Mauritius during a unique electroacoustic concert which was largely dedicated to her latest album ‘Land of Gold’. Anoushka Shankar checked in at Dinarobin Beachcomber before her first Mauritian concert featuring Eric Triton as opening act, at the Trianon Convention Centre.
 


 

Born in London on June 9, 1981, daughter of Ravi Shankar and Sukanya Rajan, sitarist and international composer, Anoushka Shankar is a leading figure of Indian classical music and progressive music. Stepsister of American singer Norah Jones, her father initiated her to the sitar at the age of nine. Four years later, she became a professional classical sitarist. At the age of 20, she already had signed four recordings with EMI-Angel and was nominated for the Grammy Awards, thus becoming the first Indian and youngest artist to be nominated in the World Music category. In 2005, she released her self-produced album ‘Rise’ which took her to new heights and opened doors to a second nomination for the Grammys. She was the first female artist to perform during the prestigious ceremony. Her dynamic and spiritual music conquered. She won numerous prizes including, ten nominations for the Grammy Awards. Anoushka Shankar was also recognised as the youngest and the first woman to win the award of the British House of Commons. Tagged by Time magazine as the Asian heroin, Anoushka Shankar also won the trophy of Best Artist by Songlines. More recently, she became one of the five female composers to feature in the British music education curriculum at upper secondary education level.
 

 

Symbiosis

 

Anoushka Shankar has performed alongside world-famous artists including Madonna, Sting, Elton John and Peter Gabriel. She also tried new forms of music: jazz, flamenco, electro, pop, soft rock, blues and country. Her album ‘Traveller’ released in 2011, represents the perfect symbiosis between flamenco and Indian music. In 2013, she pays tribute to her father who passed away at the age of 92 in her album ‘Traces of You’. She recorded three songs in duet with Norah Jones. Mother of two sons, author, composer, performer, sitarist, and editor for several newspapers, Anoushka Shankar is also an activist on numerous fonts including for women’s rights.  

 

Anoushka Shankar spends her time between the United States, Great Britain and India. In October 2010, she married the British producer Joe Wright.