Anoushka Shankar: A Sitar Player In Andalusia

Anoushka Shankar is the daughter and protege of the renowned Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar, who is credited with introducing Indian classical music to Western audiences. Now, Anoushka Shankar carries on this tradition in more ways than one. On her new album, Traveller, she goes back in time to make the connections between India and Spain.

The younger Shankar took the stage at an industrial Berlin nightclub late one Tuesday night. It’s not where one might expect to find the sitar, but she loves clubs and she loves electronic music. On previous albums, Shankar has often pushed her classical training into slithering digital soundscapes.

“I do think evolution is an important aspect of keeping a tradition alive,” Shankar says. “If it freezes and remains very static in its form, it dies, and so a natural evolution has to occur.”

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