Maestro Anoushka Shankar can’t wait to share her music with Singapore after 15 years

One of India’s brightest and most talented musical performers, Anoushka Shankar returns to Singapore after 15 years for Kalaa Utsavam 2022. With over a quarter century of performing experience behind her, Anoushka is a singular artist, defying genres, who crosses multiple fields, from classical to contemporary, from acoustics to electronics.

Carrying on the legacy of her father, the legendary Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar is considered one of the most renowned sitar players in the world. Photo courtesy: Laura Lewis

“It has been many years since I performed in Singapore, but the Esplanade is a truly unique venue and I look forward to performing there again. I also remember eating the best food of my life in Singapore,” Anoushka told Connected to India.

The masterful sitarist will be joined by her longtime collaborator Manu Delago, a master composer and performer in her own right, as well as the Orchestra of the Music Makers, one of Singapore’s leading symphony orchestras. The show will be conducted by Joshua Tan and will take place at the Esplanade Concert Hall on November 19 and 20.

Orchestra of the Music Makers, one of Singapore's leading symphony orchestras

Orchestra of the Music Makers, one of Singapore’s leading symphony orchestras, will also join Anoushka at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Photo courtesy: Yong Junyi

Carrying on the legacy of her father, the legendary Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar is considered one of the most renowned sitar players in the world. His genre-defying music reflects his Indian origins as well as his life in London and California.

Anoushka began studying the sitar and Indian classical music from the age of 9 under the intensive tutelage of her father, a then master of the instrument and made her professional debut at age 13. She began touring the world alongside her father, then embarked on a successful touring career at the age of 18.

The masterful sitarist will be joined by her longtime collaborator Manu Delago

The masterful sitarist will be joined by her longtime collaborator Manu Delago. Photo courtesy: Simon Rainer

She released her first album, “Anoushka”, in 1998, followed by “Anourag” in 2000. In 1999, Shankar graduated from high school with honors, but decided not to go to university in favor of starting a tour as a solo artist. Shankar and his half-sister Norah Jones were nominated for the Grammy Awards in 2003 when Anoushka became the youngest nominee in the World Music category for her third album, “Live at Carnegie Hall.”

Anoushka has toured the world over the past two decades, at one point playing an average of 50-60 gigs a year. She was also frequently invited to perform for benefit concerts around the world.

“It is a great joy and a privilege to be able to share live music with the public again and I always cherish every performance. As I return after a hiatus of about 15 years, I would like to think and hope that I am now a very different musician than I was before, and I would be honored to share my music and my performances with people in Singapore,” added Anoushka.

The three movements of Concerto trace the journey of a young girl, from the joys of childhood to the first love of adolescence, and finally into the adventure and confidence of young adulthood.

The three movements of the Concerto trace the journey of a young girl, from the joys of childhood to the first love of adolescence, and finally into the adventure and confidence of young adulthood. Photo courtesy: Laura Lewis

His next show has two parts; Ravi Shankar’s Sitar Concerto No 3, of which Anoushka has been the sole performer since she premiered the work alongside the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 2009; the second half of the concert features music from Anoushka’s recently released live album ‘Between Us…’

“It’s a unique show because it will be the first time we’ve paired two very different programs into one. During the first half, OMM and I will perform my father’s beautiful Sitar Concerto No. 3, which is a very classical exploration of sitar and orchestra. In the second part, we will be joined by my dear collaborator Manu Delago to perform several of my own, less purely classical works, arranged by the wonderful Jules Buckley. This should hopefully be a dynamic and exciting performance!” says Anoushka.

Tickets for Anoushka’s next show are available online.