Anoushka Shankar

Friday, October 6, 2023, 8:00 PM

Fri, Oct 6, 8:00 p.m.
The Music Center at Strathmore

Since making her professional debut at 13, sitarist Anoushka Shankar has spent a quarter-century shattering expectations on the world stage. She is the youngest and first female recipient of a British House of Commons Shield and the first Indian woman nominated for a Grammy. Performing with a new quintet of musicians representing the very best of the thriving London music scene,  Shankar leads the way in pioneering a new sound through inventive arrangements, sensitive virtuosity, and a neoclassical approach to the Indian music tradition. The quintet, featuring clarinetist Arun Ghosh, drummer-composer Sarathy Korwar, Carnatic percussionist Pirashanna Thevarajah, and bassist Tom Farmer, performs music from Shankar’s newly released mini-album alongside thoroughly shaken-up, reinterpreted gems from her previous albums.

This performance is co-presented with Strathmore.

Our Partners

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Gordon and Lisa Rush.

Her Excellency Dame Karen Pierce DCMG, His Majesty’s Ambassador to the U.S. British Embassy Washington, is the honorary patron of this engagement.

This is one of fourteen 2023-24 season performances included in Washington Performing Arts’s The World in Our Cityinitiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and cultural diplomacy via the presentation of international visiting artists, globally inspired local programming, and the award-winning Embassy Adoption Program, a partnership with D.C. Public Schools.

Special thanks to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; and the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.

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