Probably the most well-known sitarist and the man who made the instrument itself famous in the Western world, Ravi Shankar (www.RaviShankar.org), played at Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival back in the 1960s. Shankar influenced Beatle George Harrison to learn the sitar and perform it on few songs, thus bringing Western attention to the sitar and to Indian classical music. Harrison called Shankar, now 92, “the Godfather of world music.”
Now the Indian-born Shankar’s daughter is continuing his legacy. Anoushka Shankar (www.AnoushkaShankar.com) has become an accomplished sitarist and composer in her own right. Combining jazz, flamenco, and electronic musical styles with Indian classical music, Anoushka has been nominated twice for a Grammy–the first woman to be nominated in the World Music category.
Here’s the latest story about Anoushka written by a staff writer at www.salon.com:
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 03:00 PM EDT
Legendary sitarist and daughter of Ravi Shankar performs live at New York’s City Winery
By Salon Staff
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 recently 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.
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