- Released: October 20, 1998
- Label: Angel Records
Dirty Linen - 8-9/99, p.59
"...the quintet of pieces...have one foot in the traditional past and another in the structures of modern worldbeat music. With ANOUSHKA, Shankar should delight both camps..."
Melody Maker - 4/3/99, p.383 stars (out of 5)
"...the delicacy of her playing is mesmerising..."
- 2.Tilak Shyam
- 5.First Love (Prathem Prem)
Personnel: Anoushka Shankar (sitar); Bikram Ghosh, Arup Chattopadhyay (tabla).
Includes liner notes by Ravi Shankar.
Personnel: Anoushka Shankar (sitar); Noah Lifschey (recorder).
Audio Mixer: Bruce Botnick.
Liner Note Authors: Sukanya Shankar; Ravi Shankar.
Recording information: P.O.P Sound, Santa Monica, CA; P.O.P. Sound.
Photographer: Dorothy Low.
While the sitar is usually taught master to student in a male to male tradition, this beautiful daughter to renowned sitar master Ravi Shankar has been given access to the art. Debuting in 1994 and touring with Ravi since, this album of five compositions, four of which are Ravi Shankar's, is a fitting recording debut. The pieces begin with a slow introduction of fluid rhythm (alap or aochar) and build in crescendo to a spirited display of virtuosity with tabla accompaniment. It appears Anoushka, who appears on the J card in stunning traditional garb but in the booklet in more Western clothes, including white, feathery boas, has chosen compositions that build to multi-note runs. These "sitar leads" are less like the traditional, serene raga collection usually heard from traditional Indian masters and more like the effect gotten by rock guitarists employing sitar for timbre difference. Perhaps it is that she is just choosing a faster tempo on this material, as speed is up to the player in this music tradition. Of course, whatever Anoushka's stylistic direction, she is overtly masterful on the 20-string instrument. Poetic texts, in English, are provided for the instrumental tracks. A detailed glossary and track-by-track notes further elucidate the musical science behind these fascinating, exotic sounds. ~ Tom Schulte