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Daughter of Sitar Legend Fuses Indian Songs With Spanish Rhythms

Shivan Sarna

WASHINGTON - Sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar, daughter of the renowned Indian sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar, explores the unlikely pairing of the rapturous songs of India and the fervid rhythms of Spanish flamenco in her latest album titled “Traveller.”

The musician continued an international tour in support of her seventh album with a performance in Washington, DC.

“The music has a really fresh sound to it, while it’s also at times centuries old,” Shankar said. “I’ve got things like lyrics from India that I found from the 13th century that I put over a new melody being sung in Spanish.”

Shankar said producing an entire album, as opposed to one song, allowed her the opportunity to search for the ties between Indian and Spanish cultures.

In previous albums, Shankar has delved into combinations of Indian music with an array of genres that include jazz, pop, folk, and Western classical themes.