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Anoushka Shankar


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Anoushka Shankar (अनुष्का शंकर) (b. 1981), is a sitar player and composer from India. She is the daughter of Ravi Shankar, Indian sitar player, and Sukanya Shankar. She began playing sitar under her fathers guidance at the age of nine and blossomed into a wonderful musician. She is becoming increasingly known for not only her recital work but for her own classical Indian compositions.

Born on 9th June 1981, when Shankar was eight years old her father began training her in the sitar. She gave a public performance at the age of thirteen; since then she has become a world famous sitar artist. Through her father, she is the half-sister of Grammy Award winner Norah Jones. After her parents reuinited, from age seven on she lived in Encinitas, California, USA, where she gave several charity performances as a teenager and graduated from the local public high school.

Her album Rise was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Contemporary World Music category; this was her second Grammy nomination. She also became the first Indian woman to perform at the Grammy Awards when she performed during the pre-telecast ceremony of the forty-eighth awards.


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  • DrStrangeIove

    Live at carnagie Hall is awesome. I also love "Rise". Im wondering how the newer albums are... she started with relatively sophisticated music and now she seem to make pop?

    13 Nov 6:28pm Reply
  • LalooPandey

    Pandit Ravi Shankar not only gave wonderful music to the world,but also created two beautiful sisters from two ladies.One from the east and the other from the west and both are remarkable performers of music in their respective fields.Hats off to the great master.

    10 Nov 5:48pm Reply
  • Sofijach

    <3 love you!!!

    17 Apr 6:02pm Reply
  • Patrizia_Hyou

    Es encantadora y muy talentosa igual que su padre, su música es hermosa!!!

    21 Jan 8:57pm Reply
  • microchocochip

    Love the fact that Traces of You has more instrumental songs. She is experimenting with so many contrast ragas on this one.

    6 Jan 12:02pm Reply
  • piacharlottepia

    super impressive

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • patykol

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  • aldyshekoski

    Red sun <3

    2 Dec 2012 Reply
  • COG_Master

    Literally perfect.

    12 Nov 2012 Reply
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    2 Jul 2012 Reply
  • pitchan

    That guest performance in 'Ixtapa' on Rodrigo y Gabriela's new album was awesome.

    13 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Txyafalowne

    I lv you...

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • theSANTOS

    my muse

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Vulfhart

    "Si no puedo Verla" is so damn catchy!

    7 Apr 2012 Reply
  • chobits909

    @cadaver11 George was inspired by Ravi, not the other way around.

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • adarutoshoppu

    i love you anoushka <3

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • aldyshekoski

    Traveller <3

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • noeuropaaqui

    Close your curtains, make "Mahadeva" at maximum volume and dance from the whole your soul! Thats absolutelly amazing! =)

    9 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ASSMan316

    New album is awesome

    2 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Imajika

    I was lucky enough to see Ravi Shankar live during his final tour. Anoushka was on the tour with her father so we got to see her perform solo and with her father. Her and Ravi together were AMAZING! (and I got both of their autographs!). It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I'll never forget it. <3

    2 Dec 2011 Reply
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