The Wire - 10/00, pp.73-4
"...She's only 18 for God's sake, and dealing bravely with impossible expectations..."
CMJ - 8/28/00, p.27
"...A vivid interplay of tones and ideas....[She] is off to a fascinating and promising start."
JazzTimes - 10/00, p.74
"...Stands to repeat the cultural service that her father did over 30 years ago: making the world's ears safe for the sublimity of Hindustani music..."
Personnel: Anoushka Shankar, Ravi Shankar (sitar); Barry Phillips, Anthony Karasek, Sukanya Shankar (tanpura); Bikram Ghosh (mridangam, tabla); Tanmoy Bose (tabla).
Recorded at Big Fish Studios, Olivenhain, California on November 29 & 30 and December 1 & 2, 1999.
On Anourag, Anoushka Shankar's follow-up to her North American debut, she shows how much she has matured under the tutelage of her father, sitar master Ravi Shankar. The elder Shankar adapted six ragas for his daughter to play on this album, and the selection of music suits her very well. Sitar can take a lifetime to master, but she shows that she is well on her way, especially on the album's final track, "Pancham Se Gara," where she duets with her famous father. ~ Stacia Proefrock