Anoushka Shankar is a two-time Grammy nominated sitar player and composer. She is the daughter of legendary musician Pandit Ravi Shankar and half-sister to American singer, Norah Jones and, musician and composer, Late Subhendra “Shubho” Shankar.
Anoushka was born in 1981 in London. She began her musical journey with her father at the age of ten. Her first music concert was at the age of 13. By the time she turned 16, she had signed a record contract with Angel records (EMI).
In 2003, she became the youngest-ever and first woman to be nominated for a Grammy in the World Music category for her third album “Live at Carnegie Hall”. Her next Grammy nomination came in 2005 in the Best Contemporary World Music category for her album, “Rise”.
She has to her credit, six studio albums and five compilations. Other than her father and her sister, she has collaborated with artists like Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Thievery Corporation, violinist Joshua Bell, cello player Mstislav Rostropovich, flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal and Herbie Hancock among others.
She has also ventured into acting, with the film, “Dance Like a Man” (2004) and writing, with her father’s biography, “Bapi: The Love of My Life” (2002). She is married to director, Joe Wright and they have a son named Zubin.