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Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka ShankarAnoushka Shankar, born on the 9th of June 1981 in London, England is a Bengali/Tamil sitar player and composer. She is the daughter of the renowned Ravi Shankar and half-sister to Norah Jones.

Anoushka Shankar was born into a Bengali/Tamil Hindu family, and her childhood was divided between staying in both London and Delhi. She is the daughter of Sukanya Shankar and Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar.

Through her father, she is also a half-sister of American singer Norah Jones, who was born Geetali Shankar, and Shubhendra "Shubho" Shankar, who died in 1992.

As a teenager, Shankar lived in Encinitas, California and attended San Dieguito High School Academy, a school in Encintas that nurtures individualism, celebrates creative. expression and explores varied pathways. to success. . A 1999 honors graduate, Shankar decided to pursue a career in music rather than attend college.

Anoushka Shankar began training on the sitar with her father when she was a child, with practice consisting of just a couple of sessions a week at the age of seven. Shankar gave her first public performance at the age of 13 at Siri Fort in New Delhi, India. By the age of fourteen, she was accompanying her father at concerts around the world, and signed her first record contract, with Angel Records - a division of EMI at just 16 years of age.

Anoushka ShankarShe released her first album, Anoushka, in 1998, followed by Anourag two years later. Both Shankar and her half sister, Norah Jones, were nominated for Grammy awards in 2003 when Anoushka became the youngest-ever as well as the first woman nominee in the World Music category for her third album, Live at Carnegie Hall.

The release of her fourth album RISE occurred in 2003, getting her another Grammy nomination in the Best Contemporary World Music category.

In February of 2006 she became the first Indian of either sex to perform at the Grammy Awards.

Shankar, in collaboration with Karsh Kale, released Breathing Under Water on the 28th of August 2007. The album is a mix of classical sitar and electronica beats and melodies. Notable guest vocals included her paternal half-sister Norah Jones, Sting, and her father, who performed a sitar duet with her.

Shankar has made many guest appearances on recordings by other artists, among them Sting, Lenny Kravitz and Thievery Corporation. Duetting with violinist Joshua Bell, in a sitar-cello duet with Mstislav Rostropovich, and with flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal, playing both sitar and piano.

Most recently Shankar has collaborated with Herbie Hancock on his latest record The Imagine Project.

Anoushka ShankarShankar has given solo performances of her father's 1st Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra worldwide.

In January 2009 she was the sitar soloist alongside the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for the series of concerts premièring her father’s 3rd Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra, and in July of 2010 she premiered Ravi Shankar's first symphony for sitar and orchestra with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at London's Barbican Hall.

Shankar has also ventured into acting in Dance Like a Man filmed in 2004 and writing. She wrote a biography of her father, Bapi: The Love of My Life, in 2002 and has contributed chapters to various other books.

As a columnist she wrote monthly columns for India's First City Magazine for three years, and spent one year as a weekly columnist for India's largest newspaper, the Hindustan Times.

Shankar recorded her next album in Madrid, Spain and released it in autumn of 2011. The album called Traveller is an exploration of what's common and the differences between classical Indian music and Spanish flamenco.

This album features musicians Shubha Mudgal, Tanmoy Bose, Pepe Habichuela, Sandra Carrasco and Duquende among others.

Shankar lives between the United States, the United Kingdom, and India. She is married to British director Joe Wright and their first child, Zubin Shankar, was born on the 22nd of February 2011.

Anoushka ShankarOn the 29th of November 2002, Anoushka Shankar was the opening act at the Concert for George - a posthumous tribute to the life and music of George Harrison, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

She was the principal performer in the entire first set or - Indian portion of the concert. She opened the show by playing a solo sitar instrumental titled Your Eyes. Also on the sitar, she performed George Harrison's "The Inner Light" with Jeff Lynne doing vocals and playing guitar.

In the end, she conducted a new composition called Arpan, written by her father. The composition featured Eric Clapton playing acoustic guitar. The concert was modelled after Ravi Shankar's benefit concert with Harrison, the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh.

Anoushka Shankar was invited by Richard Gere and Philip Glass to perform in a concert at the Avery Fisher Hall in 2003 in aid of the Healing the Divide: A Concert for Peace and Reconciliation.

Shankar and Jethro Tull postponed a concert scheduled for the 29th of November 2008 in Mumbai after the 2008 Mumbai attacks. They reorganised the performance as A Billion Hands Concert, a benefit performance for victims of the attacks, and held it on the 5th of December 2008.

Shankar commented on this decision stating that:

"As a musician, this is how I speak, how I express the anger within me - our entire tour has been changed by these events and even though the structure of the concert may remain the same, emotionally perhaps we are saying a lot more."

Anoushka ShankarActivism

Shankar is a supporter of animal rights and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

She and her father appeared in a thirty-second public-service announcement against animal suffering.

Anoushka is also the spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Programme in India.

Anoushka Shankar, has thrown her weight behind an online campaign One Billion Rising on Change.org, demanding an end to crime against women in the wake of the Delhi gang rape.

The campaign invites one billion women and those who love them to walk out, "Dance, rise up, and demand" an end to this violence.

As part of the campaign, she released a video in which she revealed she had been sexually abused by a family friend.

Anoushka ShankarDiscography

Studio albums

-Anoushka (1998)
-Anourag (2000)
-Rise (2005)
-Rise Remixes (2006)
-Breathing Under Water (2007)
-Traveller (2011)
-Traces of You (2013)
-Live and compilations(2013)
-Full Circle: Carnegie Hall 2000 (2000)
-Live at Carnegie Hall (2001)
-Concert for George (2003)
-Healing the Divide: A Concert for Peace and Reconciliation (2007)
-Live in Concert at the Nehru Park, New Delhi (2005)

Anoushka ShankarFeatures

Variant Moods – Duet For Sitar & Violin. Written by Ravi Shankar, At Home With Friends by Joshua Bell 2009

Charu Keshi Rain – Co-written by Nitin Sawhney and Anoushka Shankar, London Undersound 2008

Mandala – Featuring Anoushka Shankar on sitar. Co-written by Hilton Garza, Radio Retaliation

Beloved – by Anoushka Shankar remixed by Thievery Corporation – Versions 2006

Rebirth – Co-written by Gaurav Raina, Tapan Raj and Anoushka Shankar. MIDIval Times 2005

Sacred Love – by Sting 2003

8 classical ragas performed on ShankaRagamala composed by Ravi Shankar 2005

Chants Of India – Ravi Shankar; George Harrison, featuring Anoushka as Conductor & Assistant 1997

Adarini – In Celebration composed by Ravi Shankar 1995

Anoushka ShankarAwards

  • British House of Commons Shield, 1998
  • Voted Homecoming San Dieguito High School, Class of 1999
  • Woman of the Year (shared with Kareena Kapoor, Ritu Beri, and Rhea Pillai) awarded on International Women's Day 2003
  • Named as one of 20 Asian Heroes by the Asia edition of Time in 2004
  • Nominated for a Grammy award in 2003 in the World Music category for her third-album, Live at Carnegie Hall
  • In 2005 she was nominated for another Grammy, in the Best Contemporary World Music category for her fourth album RISE
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  • In 2012 she won Best Artist in the Songlines Music Award for her album Traveller


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