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Anouska Shankar: hungry for change

Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar's daughter talks to Mallvika Nanda about her new humanitarian missions on hunger.
By Malvika Nanda | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2008 07:14 PM IST

She has just about surfaced from her new album Breathing Under Water. And now she has hunger and food on her mind. Meaning her upcoming concert to raise funds for United Nations' World Food Programme.

Anoushka Shankar, daughter of sitar maestro, Ravi Shankar will perform a series of concerts, titled Music For Hunger. The singer has also recorded two songs with Grammy-winning singer-guitarist Lenny Kravitz.

Kravitz is popular for his songs Are you gonna go my way and American woman. The first single Bring it on from his album, It is Time For a Love Revolution, has been released in the US.

Shankar says, "I've played some basic basic sitar lines for Lenny.. the kind that anyone could play. But, that's how he wanted it. I followed his request.. it was his album anyway." Just for friends Shankar and Kravitz met two years ago and started hanging out in New York. "He's a sweetheart. He often attended my shows".

"He grew fond of the sitar. He wanted it in his album too. We recorded the next day. He was working on a rock-and-funk album simultaneously. I've recorded a piece for each."

Shankar says, "One can have concerns over charity shows and how funds are used after them. But when it's the UN, nothing can go wrong."

Anoushka reasons that she chose to focus on the food problem because in India, "it's elementary!"

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