Monday 17 May 2010 (7.30pm)


Phenomenally gifted sitar player Anoushka Shankar returns to Town Hall Birmingham on Monday 17 May with her new acoustic project Sudakshini, loosely translated as ?A Beautiful Journey Southwards?. The supremely talented musician, daughter of the legendary Ravi Shankar, will perform newly composed ragas interspersed with traditional South Indian music, exploring the relationship between the North and South Indian traditions. She will be joined by leading musicians Tanmoy Bose (tabla), Ravichandra Kulur (flute, kanjira), Pirashanna Thevarajah (mridangam, kanjira, ghatam) and Nick Able (tanpura).

Anoushka Shankar is the only musician in the world to be entirely taught by the legendary sitar virtuoso and composer, Ravi Shankar. She began studying with him at the age of nine and made her debut at thirteen in New Delhi. It was the launch in 2005 of her fourth album Rise that marked a turning point for her: she composed her own music using traditional Indian ragas as a starting point, added new-age style electronics, and selected a group of master musicians to join her. Her latest CD Breathing Under Water was released in 2007 and was nominated for a BBC Radio 3 World Music Award. She continues to champion the music of her father, and premiered his Sitar Concerto No 3 in 2009 to great acclaim. She made her Town Hall Birmingham debut in 2008 with the Anoushka Shankar Project and has appeared previously at Symphony Hall with Ravi Shankar.

Her wider influence is also assured: in 2003 she was chosen as one of four Women of the Year in India by the Indian Television Academy, Asmi and India Times, and in 2004 she was proclaimed an Asian Hero by the Asia edition of TIME magazine. More recently, she has been appointed by the World Economic Forum as one of their Young Global Leaders for 2008 in recognition of her professional accomplishment, commitment to society and potential to contribute to the shaping of the future of the world. She now spends much of the year giving solo performances in Europe, America and Asia.

Anoushka Shankar: Sudakshini is at Town Hall Birmingham on Monday 17 May. Tickets are available from the Box Office on 0121 780 3333 or via The concert is supported by sampad and is presented in association with Radio XL.


Notes to Editors


Monday 17 May 2010, 7.30pm, Town Hall Birmingham
Anoushka Shankar (sitar)
Tanmoy Bose (tabla)
Ravichandra Kulur (flute, kanjira)
Pirashanna Thevarajah (mridangam, kanjira, ghatam)
Nick Able (tanpura)
Tickets: £14.50-£22.50*
Supported by sampad. In association with Radio XL.

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Issued 10 May 2010