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Anoushka set for a date with London

The month of June will see sitar siren Anoushka Shankar perform in a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

art and culture Updated: May 31, 2007 19:13 IST

Sitar siren Anoushka Shankar, daughter of India's music icon Pandit Ravi Shankar, would perform a series of live dates, including a concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall here on June 4, media reports said.

London-born Anoushka, who has lived here until moving to the United States at aged 11, returned back this week. "I love being in the country and have many close friends around London," she was quoted as saying by The London Paper today. "It's always nice to come back and I am looking forward to the concerts."

Lauding the young musician the Paper said she had given classical Indian music "a sexier edge". Anoushka, half sister of Norah Jones, has won the hearts of fans and critics around the world with her stunning live performances, critically acclaimed albums and exotic looks.

The two-time Grammy nominee admitted to being happiest when performing, because she said there was a passion on stage that was missing in the recording studio. "Music is largely a performance art, even if one does it for personal reasons. Being on stage just feels so incredibly right, somehow," she said.

Mixing soulful sound of the sitar with world music, Anoushka performs with four musicians playing tabla, flute, piano and drums. "Between us, we are able to travel through many different styles of music, from Indian classical and folk to jazz and even a little flamenco."