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Anoushka to release new album in NY

Sitarist Anoushka Shankar is all set to release her new album Breathing Under Water with a premiere concert in New York.
By Parveen Chopra | IANS, New York
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2007 11:55 AM IST

Sitarist Anoushka Shankar is all set to release her new album Breathing Under Water with a premiere concert here next week.

Anoushka's album, made in collaboration with musician Karsh Kale, blends Indian classical, electronica and folk. London born and New York raised, Kale balances his Indian heritage with rock 'n' roll, hip-hop and atmospheric pop.

Renowned musicians like Sting, Norah Jones, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Medieval Punditz and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt are among the featured guests on the album being released by Manhattan Records.

Her first album Rise (Angel Records) got her a Grammy nomination in the Best Contemporary World Music category.

Anoushka is Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar's daughter. After Rise, which was released two years ago, she has been experimenting with forms far beyond those of Indian classical music to reach a wider audience.

"I'm pushing the envelope on a personal level and trying to see how far I can go," Anoushka said. "It means so much to me to explore the Indian classical music my father taught me, yet I am so deeply excited to be discovering my own creative voice."

Anoushka will also accompany her father for a concert at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York October 20.

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