Anoushka Shankar

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Anoushka Shankar
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Cosmopolitan with classical roots

Anoushka Shankar is a musical bridge builder. Beginning with Indian classical music, she has steadily expanded her stylistic repertoire on the sitar – the instrument that made her father Ravi Shankar so famous. She has played with pop stars like Sting and recorded albums with everyone from Andalusian flamenco ensembles to London-based electronic producers. Most recently, she curated a Reflektor Festival at the Elbphilharmonie. And now Anoushka Shankar is returning to the Grand Hall with her band.

The current band line-up once again reflects her versatility. Something that was already very much in evidence at the festival she staged at the Elbphilharmonie. Alongside bass, drums and percussion, there is also Arun Ghosh on clarinet. A Brit originating from India, he combines Bengali melodies with jazz.

Anoushka Shankar was aged 9 when she had her first sitar lessons from her father and her debut performance followed at aged 13. She soon developed her own sound language on the lute-like North Indian instrument, with its long neck and 21 strings. And her own distinctly cosmopolitan style, with a wide variety of influences and collaborations. Her projects all revolve around mutual respect – for her own Indian heritage and for the other musical styles.


Anoushka Shankar sitar

Arun Ghosh clarinet

Tom Farmer bass

Yusuf Ahmed drums

Pirashanna Thevarajah percussion

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Promoter: HamburgMusik

From the Mediatheque : Videos, Podcasts, Articles

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: Reflektor Anoushka Shankar

A look back at four colourful days full of Indian music curated by the star sitar player.

Elbphilharmonie Talk with Anoushka Shankar

The star sitar player talks about her »Reflektor« festival at the Elbphilharmonie, about the music of southern Asia and the Hindu festival of light Diwali.

Anoushka Shankar: A Citizen of the World with Roots

How the sitar player found her way between India and the pulsating cities of Europe.

5 Questions to Anoushka Shankar

The sitar virtuoso about her European-Indian homeland and cross-border music.

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