“A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again” — Enid Bagnold
Daddy’s princess is one of the classic phrases we hear time and time again, and it perfectly describes the beautiful bond between a father and daughter. My father has been one of the most influential people in my life — from infant to tot to tween to teen.
When I heard, sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar will be performing live her latest album “Home” — a tribute to her father and guru, the late sitar exponent Pandit Ravi Shankar, at Siri Fort, Delhi on December 13, my heart was filled with joy — 1. Because I love this father-daughter duo 2. Not too many albums are available that are dedicated to fathers.
Shankar, four-time Grammy-nominated artiste, inspired by her classical upbringing and teachings by her legendary father, has come up with her solo album which has a soothing arrangement of meditative and virtuoso Indian classical ragas. Post “Traveller” and “Traces of You”, “Home” is the third release on Deutsche Grammophon, and her eighth solo album recorded at her home studio in London.
Thrilled and excited Shankar posted on Facebook, “Hi India! After two years away I’m so excited to be performing my new album Home, live in India at Siri Fort Delhi.”
With this new album, Shankar as taught to her by her father, carries on her journey exploring contemporary and new ways to reinterpret and keep alive the musical traditions of India. “I feel like returning to my roots. It is an emotional yet beautiful feeling. Moreover, ‘Home’ was recorded in my home studio,” the singer said.
With four tracks — Raga Jogeshwari Alaap, Raga Jogeshwari Jod, Jhala, Raga Jogeshwari Gat in Rupaktal, and Celebration: Raga Manj Khamaj, the album’s music gives one a sense of belonging — an emotion that is hard to capture or describe.
When: December 13
Where: Siri Fort Auditorium, Asian Games Village Complex
Tickets: Rs 500 onwards
Note: The blog first appeared on Goyano