Anoushka Shankar doesn’t buy the idea that there has to be a ‘different kind’ of music to attract today’s generation, but she does believe that each era has “a new sound”. “Every generation needs its own anthem, because every generation is defined in their own ways. But music transcends every boundary, so everyone is open to everything,” says Anoushka.
In town to give her first performance for ‘The Anoushka Shankar Project’ today, she promises some “music with substance”. “I’m looking forward to present my kind of music,” she says, adding that “playing in Delhi is always special...It’s home, after all.”
Anoushka recently performed with dad Pandit Ravi Shankar — whom she considers a “friend, teacher...and everything”, and considers herself “really lucky to be playing with him”. “Music is the biggest thing that I’ve got from him,” adds the proud daughter.
The dusky lass will soon be seen in a Hindi movie with Rahul Bose. So was Bollywood always on her mind? “See, you can’t stay without thinking about Bollywood,” admits Anoushka, who is “very excited” about the film.
She is also proud of AR Rahman’s Oscar feat. “I’m proud [for Rahman], but not jumping over the moon with it,” Anoushka sums up realistically.