Two years ago on December 11, every Indian music lover must have woken up to an absence. Pandit Ravi Shankar had bid adieu to the world and India had lost the most luminous star in her musical universe. On that very day in 2012, the maestro’s "best disciple", daughter and sitar exponent Anoushka Shankar was busy recording Traces of You - the album that got her a fourth Grammy nomination this year in the World Music category – in London. It was then when she received the news of her father’s demise.
It has always been the World Music Category where our musical bests achieve recognitions. When asked why they don’t get to enjoy such a privilege at Grammys, Anoushka says, “I think it's a shame that something positive has to constantly turn into something negative. Instead of celebrating that anyone from India has been nominated, this question is instead about why others haven't been nominated! I'd rather focus on my own gratitude for being nominated for the fourth time, which is a rare achievement that hardly any other Indian has managed, and take some time to feel happy and proud about it.” Rightfully so.
Anoushka is scheduled to perform with legendary conductor Zubin Mehta on December 13 in Florence. Not only is the maestro a close friend of the Shankar family, but is also the reason behind Anoushka's first child's name - Zubin. This will be the final concert before Anoushka takes a maternity break to give birth to her second child, due in the same month as the Grammy Awards ceremony. "Since I am due to give birth in London just a couple of weeks after the awards ceremony, unfortunately, I won't be attending the Grammys this time. After the performance with maestro Mehta, at nearly seven months pregnant, I'm going to spend the remaining months of my pregnancy in London working on my next recording and spending time with family,” concludes the Breathing Under Water hitmaker.