Anoushka Shankar: Quick Hits

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 recent 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.

The Musicians:

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:

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