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Awards for World Music 2007 - Asia Pacific
Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar album cover
Having someone as legendary as Ravi Shankar for a father, and the mega-selling Norah Jones for a half-sister has meant great expectations have been a constant background noise during Anouskha Shankar’s very public growing up. Yes, she did take sitar lessons from her dad, and no she didn’t have to struggle to break into the music industry. But nor has she stayed within the strict confines of the Hindustani classical tradition that she is a natural heir to. Then again, neither did Ravi…

She began her training at the age of nine under her father, starting with the tanbura drone accompaniment before progressing to the sitar. Anoushka made her first recording at only fourteen with a minor appearance on a set celebrating her father’s 75th anniversary and recorded her first album three years later, very much under the guidance of dad, and firmly within the classical tradition.

By her third album Live at Carnegie Hall (2001), she was up for a Grammy nomination. A planned ‘gap year’ following this success metamorphosed into a prolonged brainstorming quest to express her own musical identity more, and Rise (2005) was the eventual result – an adventurous chill-out album with strong New Age flavours, but still based largely around a dawn-to-dusk sequence of ancient ragas. Anouskha arranged, produced and composed all the tracks except ‘Solea’, a collaboration with Spanish pianist Pedro Ricardo Miño that explores the common ancestry between Indian music and flamenco. Elsewhere, there are guest appearances from the great VM Bhatt on mohan veena, vocal percussion by long-term collaborators Bikram Ghosh and Tanmoy Bose, and even the sound of a duduk. Anoushka sings and plays piano … and even a little sitar.

Onstage in a peacock green dress, she sits cross-legged, her bare right foot tapping to beats programmed from an Apple Mac laptop, and when she addresses the crowd, her accent is as much Hollywood as Bollywood. She does after all spend part of her year in Delhi and much of the rest in San Diego. That’s roots music for you.

Jon Lusk

Anoushka Shankar's website
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Bruce Lucas, New Jersey USA
Although I have no idea who is Debashish Bhattacharya, I find it hard to believe that Anoushka is a novice. She did perform at the equivalent of Carnegie Hall in India. She did learned from a master sitarist, her father. What ever you think, Indians are more the critic of jealously, that both of Rave Shankar's daughters are musical geniuses. Get over it, Anoushka is fantastic. What I have listen to of her music, it is Mesmerizing and Tantalizing.

Preethi Nair, Malaysia
Anoushka UR THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THE SONG 'Mahadeva'Its really nice:)

Mirielle, Europe
Beautiful, intellectual and sensitive, and rich, she is lucky !

Anoushka is Image, Merchandising and family name. A little of sitar playing comes along but...a little poor for an award like this isn't it?

Sukanya Kolkata
I am sorry Anoushka, but I Think that Debashish Bhattacharya is a more better musician than you and V.M. Bhatt.So I would support yo Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya.

Pluby Gomes kolkata
She is quite ok in playing sitar as she got the traditional gharana where as debashish plays something extraordinery specialy his perfect tune with accurate note and excellent mood of raga.

Animesh Chatterjee, kolkata
Anoushka plays sitar beautiful but Debashish bhattacharya plays his guitar with heavenly touch.Actually it is possible for his excellent research work on guitar with unique string arangement.

Simran Lobo,Shimla
Could have Vishwamohan shone just by votes and comments?No doubt he had won accolades but one should acknowledge the pioneer of tarafdari guitar-Pt.Debashish Bhattacharya even though it is too late.He deserves this award.

Anjum Seth,Jaipur
Does Anoushka play in India as a soloist? No true listener would vouch for her.Forget any awards here.

Milind Shankar,Jabalpur
Anoushka is only visual material but her music is nowhere near her father's or any other contemporary Indian classical musician's.Pt. Debashishji is a true musician and should be given the award.

Sorry Anoushka!I understand she needs her father's history to bank upon.But among the other nominees Pt.Debashish Bhattacharya deserves this award by dint of sheer merit and mastery.

S Shekhar,New Delhi
Even "a little sitar" playing qualifies her for such a prestigious music award? Should family lineage matter only? I don't think she qualifies in the same category where an artist like Pt.Debashish Bhattacharya is nominated.The award should sound fair like Debashish's superb music!

Susmita Das Kolkata
Anoushka Shankar is not bad but I think Debashish Bhattacharya is much better as he plays the guitar very lovingly and emotionally and through his music we can understand how much he loves music.

Golapendu, Malaysia
Anoushka is brilliant. her music is so accessible. She is never boring. Come Anoushka we wish you all the best

Anoushka really deserves this award. She has worked so hard and is brilliant

Fiona Mccabe
I dont see why there should be a comparison with anyone. Anoushka has taken Indian classical music to a new height.

Simon, Japan
It is enchanting, alluring, entrancing and mystical. Though only a listener, Ravi Shankar was my sitar teacher too. What a tremendous tradition he commenced by bringing the riches of Hindustan to the West...

mishka pertenava from georgia
i can only say thank you anushka and ravi

Jennifer Holland
She is a true genius and deserves much more than she has got. She is a complete musician.

Ron White
Lovely, but bland backgroundish sort of music. Doesn't seem to me to be in the same league as Debashish Bhattacharya.

matthieu - geneva switzerland
She build a bridge with occident, with a strong indian taste. I love it !!

Cynthia from Minnesota USA
Beautiful music. Very entrancing.

Lida fron Denmark
This music is very beautifull og peacefull. It's very nice to hear.

Sukhendu Patra,Nabagram,West Bengal
Wow she plays the sitar just like the Piano and even not knowing it! That's really something.

revaerand joe
fresh, spiritual,and beautiful. thank you anoushka

Gareth Howell England
What can you say about such a family tradition except to listen entranced..by India?

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