Sitar player and composer ANOUSHKA SHANKAR is a singular figure in the Indian classical and progressive world music scenes. Her dynamic and spiritual musicality has garnered several prestigious accolades, including five Grammy nominations, recognition as the youngest – and first female – recipient of a British House of Commons Shield, credit as an Asian Hero by TIME magazine, and a Songlines Best Artist Award.
Deeply rooted in the Indian classical music tradition, Shankar studied exclusively from the age of nine under her father and guru, the late Ravi Shankar, and made her professional debut as a classical sitarist at the age of 13. By the age of 20, she had made three classical recordings and received her first Grammy nomination, becoming the first Indian female and youngest-ever nominee in the World Music category. In 2005, she released her self-produced breakthrough album Rise, which earned her a second Grammy nomination and she became the first Indian artist to perform at the Grammy Awards.
In 2011, Shankar signed to Deutsche Grammophon and received three further consecutive Grammy nominations for Traveller, Traces of You, and Home.
As a composer, Shankar has encouraged cross-cultural dialogue while demonstrating the versatility of the sitar across musical genres. As a result, she has created a vital body of work with a prominent roster of artists such as Sting, M.I.A, Herbie Hancock, Pepe Habichuela, Karsh Kale, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Joshua Bell.
Her new album, Land of Gold, Shankar’s response to the humanitarian trauma of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty, was released on Deutsche Grammophon in March 2016, followed by tours of North America (April 2016), Europe (summer and autumn 2016), and India (winter 2016). The 2016/17 season sees tours of India, Europe, and Dubai performing music from Land of Gold, as well as North America with her classical ensemble in support of Home. Forthcoming concerto performances include the New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, and Luxembourg philharmonics.