Anoushka Shankar

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Anoushka Shankar is a British-Indian-American sitarist and composer renowned for bringing her distinctively emotional yet virtuosic playing style into an incredibly diverse range of musical genres. Among her accolades are seven Grammy nominations, a House of Commons Shield, two Eastern Eye ACTA Awards and a Songlines Best Artist Award. She began studying the sitar as a child under her father, the legendary Ravi Shankar, and made her performing debut aged thirteen. Since releasing her first solo album aged seventeen, she has made 9 solo albums and numerous collaborative recordings whilst maintaining a rigourous global performing schedule over the last two decades. Anoushka is recognised for her impassioned support of women’s rights and social justice. She frequently works with organisations such as the UNHCR and Help Refugees to raise funds and awareness for the refugee crisis. She has been outspoken about her experiences as a woman and a survivor of abuse, throwing her weight behind campaigns such as One Billion Rising. In 2020 she was announced as the inaugural President of the F-List: a UK database created to help bridge the gender-gap in music. She began studying the sitar as a child under her father, the legendary Ravi Shankar, and made her performing debut aged thirteen. Since releasing her first solo album aged seventeen, she has made 9 solo albums and numerous collaborative recordings whilst maintaining a rigourous global performing schedule over the last two decades.

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