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!