Musician, composer and writer Anoushka Shankar is one of the popular personalities in the musical world today. Having studied under the guidance of her father, she is well versed in classical Indian music. Anoushka was born in London, England on June 9th, 1981; her early years were divided between London and New Delhi. With her father being the legendary Ravi Shankar, she was immersed in music from an early age. At the age of thirteen, Shankar gave her first public performance in New Delhi. By the time she was fourteen, Anoushka was accompanying her father at concerts; At the age of sixteen, she signed with Angel Records.

Her fist album released was “Anoushka,” followed by “Anourag” in 2000. In November 2002, Shankar was the opening act at a posthumous Concert honoring the life of George Harrison there at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Later in 2003, following the release of her third album “Live at Carnegie Hall,” both Anoushka and her half-sister Norah Jones were nominated for a Grammy award. Now in her twenties, Shankar is established as one of the foremost sitarists in the world; she is thriving as a composer, finding new ways to merge Indian music with a variety of genres. In 2005 she earned another Grammy nomination in the World Music category, with the album “Rise.”

In addition to her music, Shankar is a talented writer. In 2002 she wrote a biography about her father, “Bapi, The Love of My Life.” In addition she has served as a columnist for India’s First City Magazine and the newspaper Hindustan Times. Later in 2011, Anoushka signed with the classical music label Deutsche Grammophon, and released her sixth album, “Traveller.

This album was a critically hailed exploration of Indian classical music and Spanish flamenco. Today with her family in London, Shanhar continues to be active in the music scene. Within her, the spirit of innovation and creativity truly lives.