Center for the Arts Welcomes Anoushka Shankar Saturday

Posted: November 1, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

It’s traditional for great masters of Indian classical music to pass on their art to specially selected students. The students are often the progeny of the gurus, but they are not often female. Breaking the traditional mold is Anoushka Shankar, daughter of sitar legend Ravi Shankar. Anoushka Shankar performs tomorrow at 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts. An artistic discussion takes place on the Grand Tier at 7:15 p.m.

The only classical sitarist in the world to be trained completely by Ravi Shankar, his daughter carries on the legacy that her father began with his first stage appearance in 1932. Shankar brings the ancient artistry she has mastered to new generations. Being profiled in a diverse group of media, from Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, Elle and New Age magazine, to mainstream music press like Billboard, has aided Shankar in bringing Indian ragas into the 21st century, and introducing them to a 21st century audience.

For this performance, Tanmoy Bose and Bikram Ghosh, two of the world’s most respected tabla players, join Shankar onstage. Their virtuosity becomes apparent during their rapid-fire interplay on the ancient drums.

Tickets range from $34 to $17. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit

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