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Anoushka Shankar

For Anoushka Shankar, there is legacy and then there is destiny. She is equally respectful of both, but bound to neither. Her ever-growing audience cannot help but acknowledge the familial roots of the young woman coaxing spellbinding spiritual sounds from her sitar, but neither can they deny that she is an innovator in her own right. Her name may have brought her to the stage for the first time as a young girl, but it is her talent and vision that have kept her there.

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”Most people are musicians simply because they play a certain instrument; when they play that instrument, the music appears. But Ravi--to me, he is the music; it just happens to be that he plays the Sitar. And it's like that with Anoushka. She has that quality--She is the music. --George Harrison - 1997

”Ms. Shankar, sounding utterly different from her father, improvised against tablas, using aggressive geometric ideas, ramming home her improvisations; the crowd cheered her loudly, and Mr. Shankar, beaming, was as proud as Ms. Coltrane had been of her son.” --The New York Times - June 16, 1998

”...I am waiting for the time when I will be called Anoushka's father..

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