Her latest single ‘Lovable’ reveals Shankar delving into a more intimate, stripped back mode. Her upcoming body of work Love Letters documents a time of profound flux for the artist: health issues, heartbreak, domestic upheaval. Writing and recording Love Letters has been an exercise in catharsis for Shankar, a “gentle, organic process” that saw her collaborating almost exclusively with female peers.
Ultimately, ‘Lovable’ and its sister songs on Love Letters are about more than heartbreak or loss; they pull from various wellsprings – nostalgia, regret, pain, hope – and mark a quiet metamorphosis for the artist. “They’re really about rising through the pain, rather than shutting down.” And rise she has: 2020 will see Shankar touring her new music, alongside special gala performances to commemorate the centenary of her father Ravi Shankar’s birth. Loves may come and go, change may be the only constant, but Shankar’s purpose as an artist, a campaigner and a survivor remain unshakable.