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Anoushka Shankar Wishes For A “Land Of Gold” Through Her Upcoming Album

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  •  December 16, 2015


Sitarist Anoushka Shankar has been working on her ninth album that shall be called “Land of Gold.” What do you think that means? The world where there are peace, freedom and harmony. The album focuses on talking about the ongoing refugee crisis.

Touring India currently, she emphasizes on the influence the situation has imprinted on her.

“My current album, which I am working on now, is very focused on the refugee crisis. That is something that has been influencing me a lot. It’s important to remember that what happened in Paris is a tragedy, Syria is also a tragedy. There are so many tragedies all over,” she told PTI.

The upcoming project will surprisingly not be a classical one. It is no secret that her latest album “Home” has earned a Grammy nomination.

She has visited India after a gap of two years and is moved to see people being aware and voicing their concerns.

“It’s great that people are debating. It’s fantastic. If people don’t speak up then, it becomes a little dangerous. I think people should protest and argue when they don’t like something… If they are arguing that’s a big point in a democracy,” she said.

She believes transforming phase of Indian classical music has enabled its longevity.

“Indian classical music has amazing musicians. Classical music always has an audience, but it has been niche. But that doesn’t worry me. It is developing and changing the way it has been performed, and that makes our music last,” she said.

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