Today is the thirty-first birthday of sitarist Anoushka Shankar, daughter of Ravi Shankar (and half-sister to Norah Jones). Most of the pictures out there fall into two categories — either Hard At Work or Overly Glammed Up — so I looked for something to split the difference:
Both Anoushka and Norah were nominated for Grammy Awards in 2003; Jones won five, including Best New Artist, while Shankar’s Live at Carnegie Hall album was beaten out in World Music by Rubén Blades. Curiously, the 2002 World Music Grammy had gone to Ravi Shankar, for an album recorded live at Carnegie Hall. Go figure.
And for those of you who haven’t heard a sitar since George Harrison, here’s Anoushka playing one of her father’s compositions at the 2003 Concert for George, in memory of Harrison, who had died the year before.
This qualifies as Hard At Work.