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Anoushka Shankar, Chip off the Old Block

Sitar, used widely throughout the Indian subcontinent, has become popularly known in the wider world through the work of Ravi Shankar beginning in the late 1950s, and early 1960s. The sitar saw further use in popular music after the Beatles featured the sitar in their compositions “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)”, “Within You Without You”, “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “Love You To”. Anoushka Shankar was born a Bengali Hindu, is a daughter of Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar and Sukanya Shankar. She is also the paternal half-sister of American singer Norah Jones, and Shubhendra “Shubho” Shankar, who died in 1992. Anoushka is regarded as an elite sitar player around …

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Tradition in Indian Rug Making

The Indian tradition of producing colorful, intricately designed carpets spans centuries. India is known not only for producing beautiful, handmade carpets but also for the pride and respect its artisans have for carrying on the tradition. From generations-old antiques to newly milled product, demand for carpets from India persists today. An intricacy of the design in India is not present in other areas. Indian weaving goes so far back; you’ve got this history of making classic, hand-tied carpets. The process of hand-weaving today is remarkably similar to the practice brought to India by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. Then as now, weavers swiftly knot carpets by hand …