Anoushka Shankar in concert

  • on 8 Nov 2013
  • Guerry Auditorium
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Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is one of the leading figures in World Music today. She is deeply rooted in the Indian classical music she studied from the age of nine under her father and guru, the legendary Ravi Shankar. Shankar will perform as part of Sewanee's Performing Arts Series.

As a classical sitarist Anoushka Shankar debuted professionally at the age of 13 and has performed in prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall. Before turning 20, she made three classical sitar records and received her first Grammy® nomination, thereby becoming the first Indian female and youngest-ever nominee in the World Music category. In her twenties, she began thriving as a composer, exploring fertile ground in the crossover between Indian music and a variety of genres including flamenco, jazz, electronica and Western classical music. Following three breakthrough experimental albums, Shankar’s recent music exists in an undefinable space between genres, always with the Indian music she loves so dearly at its roots. Hear NPR's review of her new (Oct. 22 release) album, Traces of You.

“Blending ragas with the intense rhythms of Andalusia, Shankar carves passages of rare beauty.”
- Sunday Times

“… an infectiously heady blend of flamenco and classical Hindustani music”
- BBC Music magazine