Anoushka Shankar
British musician
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.
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 3 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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India's finest musicians light up the Albert Hall with tribute to Ravi Shankar
Guardian (UK) - 9 months
Stars of the Indian classical music world – including Hariprasad Chaurasia and Anoushka Shankar – gathered for a long and festive night of virtuosity For all the echt-English setting of the Royal Albert Hall, this was largely a south Asian affair – musicians and audience both ­– and certain norms had therefore to be upheld. So we run late, of course, although only modestly behind schedule. The “felicitations” of artists, that flower-strewn staple of Indian performances, begin in promising chaos with the stage crowded with sponsors, organisers and hangers-on, but are cut mercifully short. And if the night winds up almost an hour or so after the ushers had promised, at least it’s enough to save some face. Continue reading...
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Engineering A Cooler Climate, Robo-Roaches, Anoushka Shankar
NPR - over 3 years
In this weekend's podcast of All Things Considered, host Arun Rath investigates the controversial practice of engineering the planet's climate with man-made chemicals. Plus, music from Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Anoushka Shankar And Norah Jones: Half-Sisters Collaborate At Last
NPR - over 3 years
The sitar-playing daughter of the late Ravi Shankar discusses teaming up with her half-sister, Norah Jones, on the new album Traces of You. Hear how their collaboration elicited an unexpected echo of their father's work, a sign that they were meant to work together. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Anoushka Shankar, Norah Jones Bond on 'The Sun Won't Set'
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
Anoushka Shankar suffered a heartbreaking loss while recording her new album she lost her father sitar legend Ravi Shankar She wasn't alone though and turned to family for support – so much so that for her track "The Sun Won't Set" she recruited her half-sister Norah Jones Anoushka Shankar Norah Jones...
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Do Dolphins Prefer Radiohead?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Thought to be one of the most intelligent species on the planet, dolphins have been shown to possess self-awareness and complex communicative abilities, as well as the capacity to use tools, recognize and remember "names," and problem-solve. This week, rumors are swirling that yet another incredible skill could be added to the marine mammal's seemingly bottomless bag of tricks: music appreciation. In an interview with RadarOnline, yoga instructor Willow Withy said the dolphins she interacts with at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat in Las Vegas seem to have the ability to appreciate certain kinds of music. Specifically, Withers said, they seem to have a particular love for English rock band Radiohead. Withy, who hosts "Yoga with the Dolphins" classes at the dolphin enclosure at the Mirage Hotel, said: Our dolphins seem to really resonate with Radiohead music, and especially the song 'Lotus Flower. As soon as I put it on, they come up to the window and the ...
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Dana Holmes: 5 Father's Day Bonding Destinations
Huffington Post - over 3 years
While Father's Day is a great excuse to buy something expected for dad, like a new bottle of his favorite cologne or that cast iron pan he's been hinting at for weeks, it is also an opportunity to bond with the old guy! If you ask me, making a memory is worth more than a dust collector any day. I think that the ultimate Father's Day consists of an activity to do together whether it's something you love, he loves, or both of you are passionate about. It'll give him the quality time with his kids that he wants but never asks for. If you're stumped about how to plan an epic Father's Day adventure, read on to get started. I'll Drink to That If there's one thing most dads appreciate, it's booze. And lucky for you both, there's no shortage of tipsy activities to experience. For beer lovers, an outing to a new beer hall might do the trick or get on a plane to Dublin for the ultimate Guinness Tour. But if he's more of a whiskey fan, you can go all out and take a road trip to Lo ...
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Anoushka Shankar Reveals Childhood Sexual, Emotional Abuse
ABC News - about 4 years
Late sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar's daughter says she was abused by a man her family trusted.
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I was sexually harassed: Sitarist Anoushka Shankar
The Times of India - about 4 years
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Brangelina at Anoushka’s b'day bash
The Times Of India - over 4 years
Ahead of starting work on her new album, Anoushka Shankar talks about her b’day bash that had Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in attendance, Dhani Harrison’s wedding and more
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Daughter of Sitar Legend Fuses Indian Songs With Spanish Rhythms
Voice of America - almost 5 years
Shivan Sarna WASHINGTON - Sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar, daughter of the renowned Indian sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar, explores the unlikely pairing of the rapturous songs of India and the fervid rhythms of Spanish flamenco in her latest album titled “Traveller.”    The musician continued an international tour in support of her seventh album with a performance in Washington, DC.   “The music has a really fresh sound to it, while ...
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Gypsy roots, desert blues, bluegrass top world music
Canada - almost 5 years
Sitar player Anoushka Shankar, whose album Traveller takes a journey through the music of India and Spanish flamenco to explore their shared Gypsy roots, was named Best Artist in Songlines magazine's annual world music awards.
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Anoushka Shankar links songs of India and Spanish flamenco
LATimes - almost 5 years
A tip from Jackson Browne exposed Ravi Shankar's daughter to flamenco. She delves deeper into those sounds on her album 'Traveller.' For legendary Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar's 75th birthday, a very special guest was invited onstage to perform with the onetime Beatles cohort.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anoushka Shankar
  • 2015
    In July 2015 Shankar released Home, her first purely classical album of Indian Ragas.
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  • 2014
    Self-composed and produced, Home was recorded over a week in October 2014 in Shankar’s new, purpose-built home-studio.
    More Details Hide Details Shankar has made many guest appearances on recordings by other artists, among them Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Thievery Corporation and Nitin Sawhney. Recently, Shankar has collaborated with Herbie Hancock on his latest record The Imagine Project, and with Rodrigo y Gabriela on their album 11:11. Duets with artists such as violinist Joshua Bell, in a sitar-cello duet with Mstislav Rostropovich, and with flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal, playing both sitar and piano, Shankar has championed her father’s compositions. Shankar is also the sole performer of Ravi Shankar’s 1st and 2nd Concertos for Sitar and Orchestra, performing multiple times under legendary conductors such as Zubin Mehta. In January 2009 she was the sitar soloist alongside the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra premiering her father’s 3rd Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra, and in July 2010 she premiered Ravi Shankar's first symphony for sitar and orchestra with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at London's Royal Festival Hall.
  • 2013
    In 2013, responding to the horrific gang-rape of Jyoti Singh Pandey in Delhi, whom the Indian media referred to as Nirbhaya, Shankar threw her weight behind an online campaign One Billion Rising on, demanding an end to crime against women.
    More Details Hide Details As part of the campaign, she released a video in which she revealed she had been sexually abused for many years as a child.
    In 2013 she released a personal album called Traces of You, which was released several months after the passing of her father Ravi Shankar.
    More Details Hide Details Produced by Nitin Sawhney, and featuring her half-sister Norah Jones as the sole vocal performer, Traces of You earned Shankar a fourth Grammy nomination in the World Music category.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As Shankar had begun to do with Rise, she created a specially handpicked ensemble of musicians with whom to perform this cross-genre music, and played over a hundred concerts worldwide in support of Traveller.
  • 2011
    In 2011 Shankar signed with record label Deutsche Grammophon as an exclusive artist.
    More Details Hide Details This marked the beginning of a prolific recording and creative period for Shankar, during which time she continued to refine the sitar sound and musical ideas she had become known for.
  • 2009
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Their first son, Zubin Shankar Wright, was born on 22 February 2011, followed by a second son, Mohan Shankar Wright, on 17 February 2015.
  • 2008
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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." Shankar is a supporter of animal rights. She and her father appeared in a thirty-second public-service announcement against animal suffering for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Anoushka is also the spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Programme in India.
  • 2007
    Shankar, in collaboration with Karsh Kale, released Breathing Under Water on 28 August 2007.
    More Details Hide Details It 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.
  • 2006
    In February 2006 she became the first Indian to play at the Grammy Awards, playing material from RISE.
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  • 2005
    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.
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  • 2003
    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.
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  • 1999
    In 1999 Shankar graduated from high school with honors, but decided against university in favour of beginning to tour as a solo artist.
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  • 1998
    She released her first album, Anoushka, in 1998, followed by Anourag in 2000.
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  • 1995
    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.
    More Details Hide Details For this solo debut, she was accompanied by tabla maestro Zakir Hussain. Her first experience in the recording studio came that same year when Angel Records released a special four-CD box set called In Celebration, to mark her father’s birthday. By the age of fourteen, she was accompanying her father at concerts around the world. At fifteen, she assisted her father on the landmark album Chants of India, produced by George Harrison. Under both their guidance, she was in charge of notation and eventually of conducting the performers who took part in the record. After this experience, the heads of Angel Records came to her parents' home to ask to sign her, and Anoushka signed her first exclusive recording contract with Angel Records (EMI) when she was sixteen.
  • 1992
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As a teenager, Shankar lived in Encinitas, California, and attended San Dieguito High School Academy. A 1999 honors graduate and Homecoming Queen, Shankar decided to pursue a career in music rather than attend college. Shankar began training on the sitar with her father Ravi at the age of seven. As part of her training, she began accompanying him on the tanpura at his performances from the age of ten, soaking up the music and becoming acclimatised to the stage.
  • 1981
    Born on June 9, 1981.
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