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Anoushka Shankar's Traveller, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
Me with Red Ribbon
rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly
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Photo credit: http://www.vulture.com/2009/01/anoushka_shankar_on_her_father.html

Tonight (Saturday 13 April) I saw Anoushka Shankar perform at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre.

Cut and pasted from the Southbank Centre's Website:

Anoushka Shankar's Traveller, part of Alchemy
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

Following her 2011 sold out concert, Anoushka Shankar returns to Queen Elizabeth Hall.

The only artist in the world to be trained completely by her father, Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar is carrying forward his legacy while carving out for herself a much-acclaimed solo career.

Having accompanied Ravi Shankar at many concerts from the age of just 13, she has also shared the stage with many of the world's top artists, including Sting, Madonna, Nina Simone, Herbie Hancock, Elton John, Peter Gabriel and James Taylor.

Her latest album 'Traveller' traces the roots of Flamenco music back to Rajasthani gypsies, earning her Songlines Magazine's Best Artist Award (2012) and a nomination for a Grammy Award in the Best World Music Album category.

This performance of 'Traveller' features a special group of Rajasthani dancers accompanying the music.

Raks's Reaction

Just to prove to everyone that I do experience and enjoy art forms other than theatre, tonight I saw Anoushka Shankar live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

My reaction to her gig is going to be very short and sweet.

I chose the photo above to illustrate this piece because, although it is not taken from tonight's gig, it really captures and conveys the joy that Anoushka feels in her music and the amount of fun and energy that she brings onto the stage.

Anoushka Shankar was absolutely amazing. Simply out of this world! Bravo!

Her set was totally magical. I was completely absorbed and mesmerised throughout. It was heaven on earth. And you cannot give an artist higher praise than that!

I have seen Anoushka perform live a few times now, and each and every time both she and her musicians have all been simply superb. If you can get to any of her future gigs I would thoroughly recommend that you do!

Official Website: http://www.anoushkashankar.com/
Twitter: @ShankarAnoushka
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnoushkaShankar

If you want to get a feel for Anoushka's music I am recommending these three CDs all of which I have:

1) Anoushka
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Anoushka-Shankar/dp/B00000DCI0/ref=ntt_mus_dp_dpt_7
2) Anourag
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Anourag-Anoushka-Shankar/dp/B00004W47N/ref=ntt_mus_dp_dpt_3
3) Traveller
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Traveller-Anoushka-Shankar/dp/B0057ZEMF2/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1365900423&sr=1-1&keywords=anoushka+shankar

Anoushka was performing as part of the Southbank Centre's Annual Alchemy Festival. Follow the link for further details on Alchemy:
http://mycroft-brolly.livejournal.com/391484.html

To get a flavour of Anoushka and her music, check this out!

Anoushka Shankar, legendary sitarist, performs live at City Winery in NY
"Si No Puedo Verla" | Anoushka Shankar | Sound Tracks Quick Hits | PBS
Credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUehEuyyEqo
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