Anoushka has been nominated for the ‘Best Television Soundtrack’ award for the BBC TV series ‘A Suitable Boy.’ She co-composed the music for entire series alongside Alex Heffes during lockdown. The Ivor Novello Awards are presented to celebrate British and Irish songwriting and screen composition, and are one of the most prestigious UK awards.
Tuesday, September 14th, 2021
Monday, June 7th, 2021
Opening, Flowering, Drinking Out Now!
It is with huge excitement that Anoushka can finally share that her sister Norah Jones is the featured vocalist on a brand new song “Opening, Flowering, Drinking.” The song was released as part of the extended release “Love Letters PS,” available on all listening platforms.
Listen here to “Opening, Flowering, Drinking”
Composed and Produced by Anoushka Shankar and Alev Lenz
Vocals: Norah Jones
Sitar: Anoushka Shankar
Background Vocals: Anandi Bhattacharya
Cello and Cello Arrangement: Ayanna Witter-Johnson
Bass: Nina Harries
Ghatam: Pirashanna Thevarajah
Mixed by Matt Robertson Music
Mastered by Heba Kadry
Released on Mercury KX
Monday, March 22nd, 2021
Sister Susannah Out Now!
'Sister Susannah’ is the new single taken from Anoushka Shankar’s forthcoming release, Love Letters P.S., out on June 4th on Mercury KX. Co-written with Alev Lenz, the song also features a spoken word poem by renowned poet Nikita Gill.
Speaking about the track Anoushka says “‘Sister Susannah’ highlights the ways in which victims of abuse and domestic abuse are verbally and physically broken down by their abusers. Over the last year the world has experienced so many collective traumas, whilst many individuals have also suffered personal traumas. Victims of domestic in particular were put into the most horrendous of situations as lockdowns came into place around the world. Right now, after the tragic murder of a young woman in London and on hearing the statistic that 97% of young women have experienced sexual harassment, women are again feeling a collective sense of anger, pain and loss. I hope that Sister Susannah can add in any way to the discussions that so deeply need to be had.”
Music and Lyrics by Anoushka Shankar and Alev Lenz
Spoken Word Lyrics by Nikita Gill
Sitar and Spoken Word - Anoushka Shankar
Vocals - Nina Harries, Alev Lenz, Anandi Bhattacharya
Percussion - Manu Delago
Produced by Anoushka Shankar and Alev Lenz
Mixed by Matthew Robertson
Mastered by Heba Kadry
Thursday, November 26th, 2020
Anoushka couldn’t be prouder be have been asked to be an ambassador for a truly amazing artistic and humanitarian project called ‘The Walk’ which is presented by Good Chance Theatre, Stephen Daldry, Tracey Seaward and Handspring Puppet Company. Other ambassadors include Waad Al-Kateab, Gillian Anderson, Noma Dumezweni, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anish Kapoor, Gary Lineker, Magid Magid, Michael Morpurgo, Philippe Sands QC, Juliet Stevenson and V (formerly Eve Ensler).
‘The Walk’ will be done by a 3.5m tall puppet of a 9-year-old girl called Little Amal. She will be travelling over 8000km between Turkey and Europe in search of her mother. Little Amal is an emblem of the millions of displaced refugee children around the world – many of whom are separated from their families.
To find out more or offer a donation of any size please visit: https://www.walkwithamal.org
Wednesday, November 25th, 2020
2021 Grammy Awards
Anoushka has been nominated for a Best Global Music Album Grammy for her latest EP Love Letters! This is her 7th nomination and follows previous nominations for her albums Live at Carnegie Hall (2002), Rise (2005), Traveller (2012), Traces of You (2014), Home (2015) and Land of Gold (2016). To listen to Love Letters please click here
Monday, November 23rd, 2020
Anoushka is thrilled to share the news of being appointed as the inaugural president of ‘The F-List CIC’ which launches on Monday 23rd November. The F list is the first directory of its kind to feature female musicians, songwriters, composers, and bands, all in one place. There has never been a better opportunity for festival promoters and commissioners to find or hire female talent and ensure we create a more equal industry after covid19. Check out the full list here: https://thef-list.uk
Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
Anoushka recently performed a memorable show at the iconic BBC Proms which was live-streamed from the Royal Albert Hal. First was the UK Premiere of her duet Variations with electronic musician Gold Panda, and then orchestrated versions of her songs alongside Manu Delago, Jules Buckley and the Britten Sinfonia. The show can be streamed within the UK via BBC iPlayer or listened to globally through the BBC sounds app for just a few more weeks! Find the links below.
Thursday, August 27th, 2020
Anoushka’s first show back after lockdown will be live-streamed from the beautiful Royal Albert Hall for The Proms on Friday 4th September. To tune in please click here
Following this she will be showcasing her Reflektor Tour in Hamburg, Germany from the 5th – 8th November at the amazing Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. If you’d like to spend a long weekend with her and hear lots of different music please click the link below which will show you all her upcoming performance dates along with ticket links.
For all tour dates: https://www.anoushkashankar.com/tour
Tuesday, August 25th, 2020
Those Words Music Video
Throughout lockdown Shilpa Rao, Ayanna Witter-Johnson and Anoushka Shankar managed to pull together and create a new music video for the song Those words. They shot this video entirely during lockdown with the help of the gorgeous dancers Guro Nagelhus-Schia and Vebjørn Sundby to mirror the nostalgic and bittersweet feeling of the song.
Watch it here
- Opening, Flowering, Drinking 3.50
Released: June 4, 2021
℗ 2021 Mercury KX, a division of Decca Music Group Limited
To read a list of Anoushka Shankar’s accomplishments is to read many life stories in one: masterful sitarist; film composer; impassioned activist; the youngest and first female recipient of a British House of Commons Shield; the first Indian musician to perform live or to serve as presenter at the Grammy® Award with seven nominations under her belt, and the first Indian woman to be nominated; one of the first five female composers to have been added onto the UK A-level music syllabus.
Immersed from a young age on the world stage, with over a quarter-century’s performing behind her, she is a singular, genre-defying artist across realms - classical and contemporary, acoustic and electronic.