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Anoushka Shankar
Genres: World Music, Classical
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It's hard to imagine this record's release if Anoushka were not the sitar-playing daughter of superstar Ravi Shankar. The package emphasizes Anoushka's moneyed glamour, with everything from her instrument (one of Dad's) to...  more »


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All Artists: Anoushka Shankar
Title: Anoushka
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Angel Records
Original Release Date: 10/20/1998
Release Date: 10/20/1998
Genres: World Music, Classical
Styles: Reggae, India & Pakistan, India
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724355672926, 0724355672957, 724355672940, 724355672957

It's hard to imagine this record's release if Anoushka were not the sitar-playing daughter of superstar Ravi Shankar. The package emphasizes Anoushka's moneyed glamour, with everything from her instrument (one of Dad's) to the material--five relatively short ragas written by her guru father--a testament to her gene pool. Anoushka's not a horrible sitar player by any stretch; she's simply nowhere near as proficient, subtle, or exploratory as most of the younger generation of classical sitarists currently recording. Tabla virtuosos Bikram Ghosh and Arup Chattopadhyay keep things moving, and the album's most honest moments arrive during Shankar's steadfast accompaniment of their solos. Nevertheless, a world of promise lies in these tracks. Richard Gehr

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Reviewers' Tough Love Words Missing the Mark
Yoga Sponge | Pittsburgh, PA United States | 02/02/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Your (collective) words are tough love, it's true... I think the reviewers here are correct that she has a world of growing up to do, but no need to be so harsh towards her. It is not her fault that her father is so famous, it is circumstance-- and it's not her fault that the big music corporations want to cash in on her legacy (much like sister Norah.) Both young women show promise, and over-exposure of an unmatured talent can negatively affect it... granted.But the hostility here is merely so that "others" stop giving Anoushka and her music good ratings without having greater understanding of the process behind the music. And yet... if the music moves someone who doesn't "understand"... well, then... it has still served its purpose, hasn't it? Music, like all art forms, like poetry and prose, cannot dictate who is allowed to enjoy or not enjoy. It is a two-way contract between giver and receiver. And if the receiver feels the magic, and has his or her emotions stirred, then the music (via the performer) has been true to its mission.Soon, Raviji will be gone, and if Anoushka is serious about her music and the sitar, it will be reflected in her career. For now, her "light" sound could be a blessing for those not so versed in classical Hindustani music; they could grow with her! I would urge anyone intrigued by Anoushka to continue to explore. Ustad Ali Akbar Khan or Pandit Nikhil Banerjee would be great places to continue your 'education.'It *should* be understood that young people cannot truly be "virtuosos" within this style of music... they simply lack the depth of experience and feeling to properly convey the nuances in the very complex musical forms. Perhaps this is why we see so many young stars in the West, where traditionally-popular music requires no such similar depth of expression. But with Indian classical music, even more so than western-style classical music, that depth is critical to a trained listener's ear. In this style of music, not only something so subtle as the weather or time of day affects the raga, but the very mood and character of the performer. It goes without saying that the more seasoned the human being, the greater gift they will have to give to the music in this case.I would say-- Do not be angry with her that she has been pushed by the machine. Be angry with her if someday she lets it ruin her chances to be a great sitar player. But wait... why be angry at all? It will have been her loss if she goes that road. And one cannot control what others will think of Indian classical music or Indian culture; if they are interested, they will begin that journey. But coming to a public place and harshly criticizing a young person's dress and face, etc. shows any reader something about the person who is so judgmental. Briefly: I won't hold it against one's *culture* if one chooses to be inflexibly unforgiving, or lacks tact and decent manners. However, I do hold the individual very responsible.Om Shanti"
Beware of darkness
Boxodreams | district of columbia | 09/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"beware those who would dictate what Anoushka needs and doesn't need. The only thing she needs is to be herself and listen to the wisdom that grows inside of her. I find it pathetic, those who question the integrity of anyone who buys her music. Who cares what else I have on the shelf, or whether I know what a raga is (I do)? Anoushka is not cheating anyone here. Her music and talent are affecting and beautiful. She is beautiful as well, and certainly has experienced the West. Maybe she likes being beautiful. I first was exposed to her watching her performance on the DVD "Concert for George," in which she performs magnificently a piece her father Ravi (oops, wrote it the old Western way!) wrote for the event. She and the music were entrancing, and whether we know anything about what it was or who it compares to or not does not matter. What matters is whether we are moved, and if we are, then the music has done something vital. Anoushka should not mind her minders; she should rise above their demands and frustrations and opinions and try to find her place in the world. I miss the decency of George Harrison."
She could go places, someday
Kevin Conare | Philadelphia, PA USA | 02/02/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Through this album, we can witness an age old Indian phenomenon-- students with great innate talent who are nurtured in music by master-musicians in their families (Raviji). Do not expect mastery, though, because she is not there yet."