Interview: ANOUSHKA SHANKAR Chats with Bharati Mitra & Her Return to Washington DC with the Traveler Ensemble Presented by WPAS

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Anoushka ShankarWashington, DC, April 11, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated sitarist, composer, and conductor  Anoushka Shankar returns to DC with The Traveler Ensemble to perform live their "Raga-Flamenco Journey" concert presented by Washington Performing Arts Soceity (WPAS), Co-presented with the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium, on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8PM at GWU Lisner Auditorium. With traditional instruments from India and Spain, as well as a dancer, Shankar’s ensemble condenses Gypsy music’s thousand-year migration from India to Europe into one exceptional evening, where Andalusian flamencos and Carnatic ragas merge seamlessly. Tickets to this eagerly anticipated concert event are available online from the WPAS Website or by calling 202-785-9727.

Anoushka and the Ensemble will perform selections from her latest music album "Traveler". To begin her exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, Anoushka Shankar enlisted top players from India and Spain to record Traveller, promptly breaking new ground between South Asian classical and Spanish dance music, as befits the innovative legacy of her father and mentor, the great Ravi Shankar.

Bharati Mitra caught up with Anoushka in Pittsburgh to chat about Traveler and her music in general. In this audio interview, Anoushka shares her thoughts about the genesis and evolution of the album, her experience as a student and a daughter of Pandit Ravi Shankar and the challenges of being a touring musician and a mother of a one-year old boy. Incidentally, Anoushka and her troupe were in a somewhat challenging position when this interview was recorded - it turns out Pirashanna Thevarajah's Ghatam (clay pot) was shattered during the journey to Pittsburgh and the team was eagerly looking for a Ghatam for Pirashanna to play in Pittsburgh!

With her deep-rooted understanding of Indian classical form and the rich heritage of her father’s innovative genius, Anoushka is constantly pushing boundaries on every level.  Produced by visionary Spanish songwriter, guitarist and producer Javier Limón, Traveller fuses ancient Gypsy flamenco with classical Indian music resulting in an “inspired” (The Guardian) collection steeped in tradition while maintaining a modern sound. Shankar collaborated with many world-renowned Indian and flamenco musicians on this beautiful, ground-breaking musical journey including pianist Pedro Ricardo Miño on “Bulería Con Ricardo”, guitarist Pepe Habichuela on “Boy Meets Girl” and Concha Buika and Sandra Carrasco on vocals for the mesmerizing “Casi uno” and “Kanya” respectively.  Other highlights include “Dancing In Madness“which showcases the actual flamenco dancer Farruco’s feet furiously tapping in tune with percussion and the fast-paced title track “Traveller”.


Anoushka Shankar, sitar - Traveller: A Raga-Flamenco Journey
Sandra Carrasco, Vocals
Sanjeev Shankar, Shehnai
Pirashanna Thevarajah, Mridangam, Ghatam, Kanjira
Moorsing Melón Jimenez, Flamenco Guitar
Bernard Schimpelsberger, Cajon & Spanish Percussion

When: Friday, April 13 at 8p.m

Where: Lisner Auditorium

Tickets, priced $20-40 are available at 202-785-9727 or by going to