Whether it’s love or anger, sitarist Anoushka Shankar has always been very expressive. So, while on one hand, she creates magic with those dainty strings, on the other, she has dedicated a track in her new album, Traces of You, to the Delhi gangrape victim.
“Sexual violence is something that has always left me deeply saddened and angry. I turned to this song as an expression of my sadness, anger and solidarity with people who have experienced violence. The raga this song is based on is the incredibly challenging, compelling and powerful ‘Shree’,” elaborates the 32-year-old Grammy nominated musician, who will perform in the Capital today — just two days before it’s a year to the horrific gangrape of a paramedic, who later succumbed to the brutalities.
Shankar, who had launched a campaign earlier this year demanding an end to crime against women, is herself scared to step out in India. “I feel scared to go out alone in the night in India because if I am in a problem, and I go to the police, I’m scared they will rape me instead of helping me,” Shankar had recently said at the HT Leadership summit.
On a lighter note, the sitarist, who’s just toured Hyderabad, Pune and Mumbai with her concert, says that her new album was inspired by the three men in her life — her father, late Pt Ravi Shankar, her husband, filmmaker Joe Wright and her two-year-old son, Zubin. “You know I was looking at influences and that obviously led me to look at my father. And then, I recently got married and had a child. So, I felt that kind of sense of these very strong relationships that were very different from each other, and they were quite key to my writing influence,” she says.
Catch her here
What: Traces of You concert
When: December 14
Where: Talkatora Stadium
Nearest metro station: Patel Chowk on the Yellow Line