The half-sister of indie crooner Norah Jones and the daughter of iconic world musician and guru Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar has more than a little pressure on her musical shoulders. Shankar is a gifted sitar player and composer who was schooled under the extraordinary influence of her father Ravi from as early as age nine. She found her way into global music on the world stage in her early twenties where she began blending traditional Indian rhythms and chords with a range of western influences including jazz, electronica, and Western classical music.
With three Grammy nominations under her belt, Anoushka continues to pave the way for female musicians and elevate the conversation about innovations in global music. In 1999 she became the first woman to be awarded the highly prestigious House of Commons Shield from the British House of Parliament.
Anoushka's albums have explored the relationship between classical Indian and Western music. Her most recent disc, Traces of You continues this tradition with a personal twist: She was in the process of writing and recording the album when her father, Ravi, passed away. There is unmistakable grief and mourning on this album, but also an expansive sense of joy, hope, and healing. Anoushka's team notes on her website: "Three forms of love, love for her father, her husband, and her son, proved to be the ultimate inspiration for some of the deepest and most personal music Anoushka has yet written."
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