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Anoushka Shankar

Opening performance by Faiz Ali Faiz

The queen of the sitar shared an evening of her deeply expressive music – which draws on India’s centuries-old culture, while creating something dynamic and refreshingly new.=.

Queen of the sitar Anoushka Shankar is a global musical star – performing to worldwide adulation for her breathtaking sitar virtuosity, and releasing numerous critically acclaimed albums. She grew up playing alongside her father, the legendary Ravi Shankar.

Opening the evening Qawwali legend from Pakistan Faiz Ali Faiz, with his sublime transcendental vocals, expertly performs exhilarating songs of intoxicating devotion and ecstasy.

Anoushka Shankar's music takes the ancient Indian instrument firmly into the contemporary world – into pop, electronica, classical music and flamenco. Though she makes her sitar speak in many tongues, Anoushka Shankar’s music remains rooted in the Indian classical traditions.

Here she faces the world head on with works from her album, Land of Gold, created in the context of the humanitarian plight of refugees and a searing cry against injustice.

Join her for an evening of her deeply expressive music – which draws on India’s centuries-old culture, while creating something dynamic and refreshingly new.

Part of the International Festival and British Council season Spirit of '47

The advertised time is approximately when the performance will start. Doors will open at least 30 mins prior to this time. 

We are delighted that BBC Arts Digital collaborated with us, making many of the events from Spirit of ’47 available live and on demand to a global audience online. Visit BBC Arts Digital for more information.

Anoushka Shankar Sitar

Faiz Ali Faiz Vocal

More information about the artists

Anoushka Shankar
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Faiz Ali Faiz

16 August 2017

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2019 programme is now available to browse and book. Visit What's On to see the programme

One of the best sitar players in the world

The Guardian

as spirited as it is spiritual

The National on Land of Gold

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