There was a time when Anoushka Shankar’s music fell under her father’s shadow—how could it not, when you play the sitar and your father, Ravi Shankar, just happens to be the most famous sitar master in the world? But Anoushka has established herself as an extraordinary musician in her own right, with her own distinct voice. In London she has just won the Songlines Music Award for Best Artist of 2012. Her new album, “Traveller,” finds her exploring the common roots of Indian classical music and Spanish flamenco. She says the technical challenges were formidable, but the music explodes with an intensity that makes it all sound natural—and beautiful.
And as she explains to SOUND TRACKS reporter Arun Rath, she managed to get it all done through the pregnancy and birth of her first child, who now travels with her on tour.
The album version of “ISHQ” features a vocalist singing in Hindi, “My body is an instrument, my heart is a melody.” Here, Sanjeev Shankar takes on the vocal role on the shehnai, a double-reed instrument rather like a cross between an oboe and a soprano sax. This all-instrumental version shows off some great percussion.
Anoushka Shankar, sitar
Sandra Carrasco, vocals
Sanjeev Shankar, shehnai
Pirashanna Thevarajah, mridangam & ghatam (traditional Indian percussion)
Melón Jimenez, flamenco guitar
Bernhard Schimpelsberger, cajon and Spanish percussion
Filmed at the City Winery in New York.
Anoushka Shankar’s website: http://www.anoushkashankar.com/
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