The first Indian artist to perform on the Grammy stage will soon be gracing a stage in Gainesville.
Rooting in Indian classical and world music, sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar will perform at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Monday as part of the tour for her new album, “Reflections,” which came out March 8. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. with tickets for UF students priced at $10 and regular population prices starting at $25 with an increase based on seating arrangement.
Shankar started studying music under her late father Ravi Shankar at age 9. Her father is often referred to by the moniker "sitar maestro" and is largely credited with introducing Indian instruments into western culture. Her half-sister is the nine time Grammy award-winner, Norah Jones.
A star in her own right, Anoushka Shankar made her professional debut as a classical artist at 13 and just seven years later received her first Grammy nomination.
It was in 2005 that she released her first self-produced album, “Rise,” for which earned another Grammy nomination.
In her bio, Shankar describes her music as a reflection on her spiritual and musical journey.
Her most recent highlights include creating a Tagore Festival at the famous Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and creating her most recent album, “Land of Gold.”
The album released in spring 2016 is Shankar’s personal response to the many people in the world fleeing conflict and poverty from their home countries.
“‘Land of Gold’ is the culmination of my journey to the interior, channelling my distress at the situation in a constructive way, exploring the stories of the voiceless and dispossessed,” she said. “I believe that art can make a difference – it connects us to our hearts, bringing us back to what really matters. Music has the power to speak to the soul.”