Under the tutelage of her father, the sitar paragon Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar established herself as one of the world’s best classical sitarists when she was barely a teenager. At twenty, she became the first Indian woman and the youngest person ever to be nominated for a World Music GRAMMY. On a series of exceptional albums and tours, Shankar’s dynamic and visionary music has made it clear she lives under the shadow of no name, mentor, genre, or strict tradition. “Shankar is a good deal more than just a great man’s daughter,” affirms The Guardian. “She is one of the best sitar players in the world, if not, now that her father has passed away, the best.”
Though Shankar has continuously thought outside of convention and beyond her pedigree, her mastery of the Carnatic tradition and its intricacies is absolute, giving her the tools and flexibility to move within and beyond heritage. At Duke Performances, surrounded by traditional Indian percussion and the drone of a tanpura, Shankar uses the melodic versatility of her sitar to build patterns that slowly open and unfold, while piano, cello, and electronics weave a radiant tapestry to support her acoustic virtuosity. Shankar’s performances are an ongoing celebration of the spirit of classical Indian ragas, expressed through a captivating cross-cultural vision. Instead of settling for a single region, category, or style, Shankar has — like her father, a half-century earlier — forged her own creative path.
“It goes without saying that Anoushka Shankar is a virtuoso sitar player.” – The Guardian
“Shankar moves beyond the classical tradition of her father, mixing up a broad range of world music styles and instruments. The result is a sensual, ethereal sound.” — NPR
“Sitar for a new day.” — The Washington Post
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