Anoushka Shankar w/ Priya Darshini

WMI PLUS At Home experiences bring music from around the world into the comfort of your home. Renowned artists share their lives, instruments, and stories from their personal environments, bringing an intimacy and uniqueness to each event. These talks are led by fellow musicians, journalists, and ethnomusicologists. Live captioning will be provided during the event.

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Thursday, April 29, 2021 – 12PM EDT


WMI PLUS At Home Experiences are free of charge, but you must register to reserve your space. You will receive an order confirmation once your registration is complete that includes the link to the event. Only registered participants will receive email instructions on how to join the event via Zoom online. 

Join world-renowned Grammy Award-nominated composer and sitarist Anoushka Shankar in an intimate conversation with her friend and fellow Indian Grammy Award-nominated musician Priya Darshini. Anoushka will share music and stories about her career and her instrument and will talk about continuing her family’s musical legacy, not only as a musician but also as a humanitarian and activist. Anoushka has recorded and released over 15 albums as a solo artist in addition to the collaborations with her late father, sitar master Ravi Shankar. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with attendees posting their questions electronically for live answers.

Anoushka Shankar is Grammy Award-nominated recording artist, composer and musician. She first began learning sitar from her famed father Ravi Shankar at a very young age. She is also an accomplished pianist and singer. Anoushka has recorded and released over 15 albums as a solo artist or in collaboration with her father. Anoushka has collaborated with an incredible wide range of artists such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Josh Bell, Sting, Herbie Hancock, Lenny Kravitz, Karsh Kale, Thievery Corporation, Rodrigo y Gabriela and of course her half-sister Norah Jones as just a small example of diversity in her choosings. On Shankar’s most recent album, ‘Love Letters’, Anoushka leads collaborations with French-Cuban singers Ibeyi and Turkish/German composer and musician, Alev Lenz with her most personal recording to date. 

Priya Darshini is a Chennai born, Bombay raised Indian singer, voiceover artist, composer, actress, athlete, and entrepreneur living in Brooklyn, NY, USA. Known for her musical recordings in Bollywood and western film productions, Priya has collaborated with a diverse range of artists, including Pearl Jam, Roy “Futureman” Wooten, Karsh Kale, Alam Khan, and many others. In 2020, she released her debut album, Periphery, which was nominated for Best New Age Album at this year’s 63rd annual Grammy Awards. Additionally, Priya is on the board of Jana Rakshita, a Mumbai-based NGO that works with underserved pediatric cancer patients, and building education facilities for Adivasi and other marginalized communities in India. Priya was also the first Indian woman to complete a 100-mile Himalayan Ultra Marathon. 

WMI PLUS At Home experiences are supported by a grant from Con Edison. WMI PLUS At Home experiences are supported by a grant from Con Edison.

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