Anoushka recently served as a guest curator on Qwest TV, a global hub for music and culture created by Quincy Jones. You can watch amazing concerts, documentaries, interviews and archive films. Anoushka's selection reflects a diverse mix of different artists such as Robert Glasper, Ella Fitzgerald, Shabaka Hutchings, Paco de Lucia, Oumou Sangare and Anoushka’s father Ravi Shankar.
Monday, November 1st, 2021
Monday, October 18th, 2021
Anoushka’s rescheduled Reflektor Festival will be taking place at Hamburg’s iconic Elbphilharmonie from 4th to 7th November 2021. Anoushka has curated the festival to feature a diverse array of South Asian art forms and artists dear to her. She is also performing twice: the live score to ‘Shiraz’ alongside the film on Friday 5th and music from her latest EP ‘Love Letters’ on Sunday 7th.
Tickets and more information here
Tuesday, September 14th, 2021
The Ivor Novello Awards
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.
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.
- Opening, Flowering, Drinking 3.50
Released: June 4, 2021
℗ 2021 Mercury KX, a division of Decca Music Group Limited
28.01.2022Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Celtic Connections 2022)
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.