The daughter of ‘The godfather of world music” Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar began learning the ropes under her father at age nine, making her performing debut four years later. Appearing alongside her father as he toured the world, her career was international from the start. She made her debut performance in 1995 in New Delhi at the age of thirteen. She was born in London in 1982, and spent her early years shuttling back and forth between London and New Delhi. She is a dedicated disciple of her father who has immersed herself in classical Hindustani music. Anoushka has forged a sovereign identity by collaborating with a vast assortment of artistes from jazz icon, Herbie Hancock and violinist, Joshua Bell to the DJ duo, Thievery Corporation, rock band, Jethro Tull and Asian Underground pioneer, Karsh Kale. Her latest project is her most artistically ambitious, tracing the Roma people’s diaspora from their forgotten homeland in Rajasthan to Spain, where Gypsy culture mixed with Judaic and North African currents to form the passionate sound of flamenco. Anoushka displays not only an impressive technical command, but a flair for making the sitar speak a number of musical tongues.
Anoushka was the first Indian musician to perform at the Grammy Awards in 2006 when she was nominated for Rise, soon after becoming the youngest-ever nominee and the first woman nominated in the World Music category, for her album Live at Carnegie Hall in 2002. At sixteen she signed an exclusive recording contract with Angel/EMI and released three classical recordings: Anoushka (1998), Anourag (2000) and Live at Carnegie Hall (2001), all to great critical acclaim. On Rise (2005), Anoushka composed, arranged and produced her own music, influenced by East and West, employing both acoustic and electronic instrumentation. The positive response for Rise turned into a second Grammy nomination and a global tour of over ninety concerts, and Anoushka formed the Anoushka-Shankar Project to maintain a distinction between this more experimental work and her classical sitar concerts.
Norah grew up In a modest home in Dallas with her mother, waitressing and playing the piano in bars. Recently after reuniting as long lost sisters, Anoushka and Norah accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award for their father, Ravi Shankar at the 55th Annual Grammy as well.Anoushka has developed a strong bond with Western classical music; as a teenager she had the good fortune of performing in duet with legends such as cellist Mstislav Rostropovich (2000), and flautistJean-Pierre Rampal (1998). She has also appeared as a soloist with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, and premiered her father’s 3rd Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra with th