Anoushka Shankar


Anoushka Shankar is an Indian sitar player and composer who lives between the United States, the United Kingdom, and India. She is the daughter of Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar and Sukanya Shankar. Through her father, she is the half-sister of Norah Jones.… Read More

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1981 Birth Born on June 9, 1981.


1992 11 Years Old Through her father, she is also the half-sister of American singer Norah Jones (born Geetali Norah Shankar), and Shubhendra "Shubho" Shankar, who died in 1992. … Read More
1995 14 Years Old Shankar gave her first public sitar performance on 27 February 1995 at the age of 13, at Siri Fort in New Delhi as part of her father’s 75th birthday celebration concert. … Read More
1998 17 Years Old She released her first album, Anoushka, in 1998, followed by Anourag in 2000.
1999 18 Years Old In 1999 Shankar graduated from high school with honors, but decided against university in favour of beginning to tour as a solo artist.


2003 22 Years Old Both Shankar and her half-sister Norah Jones were nominated for Grammy awards in 2003 when Shankar became the youngest-ever and first woman nominee in the World Music category for her third album, Live at Carnegie Hall.
2005 24 Years Old Having released three albums of Indian classical music, Anoushka took several years away from recording and focused her energy on establishing herself as a solo concert performer outside of her father’s ensemble. In that time, she toured worldwide, playing an average of 50-60 concerts per year. 2005 brought the release of her fourth album RISE, her first self-produced, self-composed, non-classical album, earning her another Grammy nomination in the Best Contemporary World Music category.
2006 25 Years Old In February 2006 she became the first Indian to play at the Grammy Awards, playing material from RISE.
2007 26 Years Old Shankar, in collaboration with Karsh Kale, released Breathing Under Water on 28 August 2007. … Read More
2008 27 Years Old …  Shankar and Jethro Tull postponed a concert scheduled for 29 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 5 December 2008. … Read More
2009 28 Years Old Shankar grew up between the United States, the United Kingdom, and India. After beginning a relationship with British director Joe Wright in 2009 she moved to London, where they married on 26 September 2010. … Read More


2011 30 Years Old In 2011 Shankar signed with record label Deutsche Grammophon as an exclusive artist. … Read More
She earned a third Grammy Award nomination in 2013 for Traveller, an exploration of the shared history between flamenco and Indian classical music, which was produced by Javier Limón and featured artists such as Buika, Pepe Habichuela and Duquende. … Read More
2014 33 Years Old Self-composed and produced, Home was recorded over a week in October 2014 in Shankar’s new, purpose-built home-studio. … Read More
2015 34 Years Old In July 2015 Shankar released Home, her first purely classical album of Indian Ragas.
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