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INTERVIEW

Anoushka Shankar: Music Makes the World a Better Place

Read "Anoushka Shankar: Music Makes the World a Better Place" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Esoteric, eclectic and prolific, the Indian sitarist and composer Anoushka Shankar has mapped out an intriguing artistic path by delivering intriguing music that has veered between the modern and the traditional. Her ambitious, progressive and multicultural musical world view has been growing exponentially from a record to record and has taken her on a path of creating music without borders. For the past 20 years, she has been crossing border after border and culture with culture, and most of the ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Anoushka Shankar: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Over twenty years, Anoushka Shankar has grown into one of the world's leading sitarists. She has long been omnivorous in her musical tastes and this has resulted in a journey without borders. A daughter and student of the late Ravi Shankar, who almost single handedly introduced Indian music to Western musicians and audiences, she has nonetheless pursued her own muse, one which has been as adventurous and multi-faceted as that of her father. Some of her achievements are compiled in ...

INTERVIEW

Anoushka Shankar: A Celebration of Joy

Read "Anoushka Shankar: A Celebration of Joy" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

Anoushka Shankar is one of the rare artists whose attitude and creativity reflects her love, respect and appreciation for all people and cultures in the world today. This is contrary to traditional teachings and beliefs, which have historically taught patriotism for one's country and culture specifically. But Anoushka Shankar is not your typical contemporary artist. Certainly growing up in the presence of Yehudi Menuhin, George Harrison and her father, Ravi Shankar--three of our greatest humanitarian artists--didn't hurt. But Shankar is ...

LIVE REVIEW

Anoushka Shankar: New York City, NY, April 6, 2012

Read "Anoushka Shankar: New York City, NY, April 6, 2012" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Anoushka ShankarCity Winery New York, NY April 6, 2012Touring in support of Traveller (Deutsche Grammophon, 2012), Indian-born sitarist Anoushka Shankar kicked off the show at the Manhattan venue with a traditional raga backed by Sanjeev Shankar (shehnai) and Pirashanna Thevarajah (mridangam, ghatam, kanjira, moorsing ). The trio was then joined by Melón Jimenez (flamenco guitar), Sandra Carrasco (vocals) and Bernhard Schimpelsberger (cajon, Spanish percussion) for the material from Traveller, an experiment in bringing together Indian ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Anoushka Shankar and Karsh Kale: Breathing Under Water

Read "Breathing Under Water" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Anoushka Shankar learned the Indian classical music tradition from perhaps its best teacher--her father, Ravi Shankar. She made her recording debut on In Celebration (Angel Records, 1995), George Harrison's four-CD retrospective tribute to her father, and her debut as a solo artist with Anoushka (Angel, 1998). Anoushka's first album of original material, Rise (Angel, 2005), was nominated for the Best Contemporary World Music Grammy Award. On Breathing Under Water, she merges her sitar, piano and keyboards with ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Anoushka Shankar / Karsh Kale: Breathing Under Water

Read "Breathing Under Water" reviewed by Bhasker Gupta

The Shankar family has always been credited for bringing Indian music to the forefront of Western audiences. Although it was Pt. Ravi Shankar who brought sitar to the limelight of western avant-garde instrumentalists, the most experimental fusion work remains of that of the lesser known Ananda Shankar. Following along the same lines, and after two years of delivering Rise (Angel Records, 2005), Anoushka Shankar has collaborated with Karsh Kale for this masterful album, elegantly fusing Indian classical sitars with electronic ...


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