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April 15, 2014

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 …