WBEZ | Anoushka Shankar http://www.wbez.org/tags/anoushka-shankar Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar talks with Tony Sarabia http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-28/sitar-virtuoso-anoushka-shankar-talks-tony-sarabia-97678 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-28/2616312278_22551094dc.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-28/2616312278_22551094dc.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" title="(Flickr/Woonie Chong)"></p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to Anoushka Shankar on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em></span></p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/120328 seg b mp3.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-128624" player="null">120328 seg b mp3.mp3</span></p></div></div><p>The old saying “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” couldn’t more true when it comes to sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar. When your teacher is Ravi Shankar - perhaps the greatest sitar player of the 20th century - how can you not pick up some pointers?</p><p>Anoushka started playing music at an early age; first taking up the Indian drone instrument called the tempura. Her father Ravi then presented her with a specially built sitar that conformed to her small stature.&nbsp;</p><p>This wasn’t a case of over-bearing parents wanting their kid to take on the family business. As a matter of fact, both dad and mom (who, by the way, is a master of the Carnatic vocal style of southeastern India) told Anoushka she didn’t have to study sitar-- but if she did, she’d have to be serious about the craft.</p><p>That she was, and by the time she was 13 years old, she was performing with her father onstage.</p><p>Anoushka recorded her first album three years later and since then has released six other albums; the latest,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.anoushkashankar.com/albums/traveller/">Traveller</a>,</em>&nbsp;is an exploration of the connection between Indian classical music and Spanish flamenco.</p><p>In Indian culture sitar players are usually men, while women play the role of singer and dancer. Anoushka has been a trailblazer in that regard. In 2006, she became the first Indian to play at the Grammy Awards.</p><p>You might be thinking her success was made easier because her father is who he is, and she would agree.</p><p>But she also acknowledges the challenges of coming out from under the shadow of Ravi Shankar and getting recognition for her talents.&nbsp; And even though she has met those challenges, she remains down to earth and has great respect for the ancient craft of sitar.&nbsp;</p><p>Anoushka will join us on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about her new album, her family and her unique work.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-28/anoushka 1.JPG" style="width: 600px; height: 338px; " title="Shankar prepares for her interview with Tony Sarabia (WBEZ/Kate Dries)"></p></p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-28/sitar-virtuoso-anoushka-shankar-talks-tony-sarabia-97678