Internationally acclaimed sitar player Anoushka Shankar will perform at Alcheringa 2012, the annual fest of IIT-Guwahati, on 2nd February 2012.
The musician, who is the daughter of the legendary Ravi Shankar, will perform during "Saaz" - the main Indian Classical musical night. Anoushka, who has seven studio albums to her credit, some of them critically acclaimed, will take part in a programme of an educational institution of a country for the first time.
"We are proud of the fact that we are able to invite such an internationally recognized artist to Guwahati. All we can say is that the musical event will be a treat to all those who savour classical music, especially sitar. She will treat us to the musical rendition from her latest studio album TRAVELLER, which explores different contours of Indian Classical Music along with Spanish Flamenco. She will arrive here on 1st February and will leave on 3rd February," said Srikanth Jayaraman, the convener of Alcheringa and a sixth semester student of chemical science and technology.
After being nominated for a Grammy, the highest musical accolade in the world in 2003 for her third album LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL, she became the first female and the youngest nominee in the world music category. In 2005, she was again nominated in the "contemporary world music" category for her album RISE.
In 2006, Anoushka became the first Indian to perform at the Grammies. At the age of 13, Anoushka gave her first performance started accompanying her father in world tours when she was 14. She signed the first contract when she was 16.
The fest, which draws thousands of people, has also initiated some new events this year. "We will, for the first time, giving away internships instead of cash prize for the event 'Our Stage Your Dreams' in which the finalists will be given a chance to intern under Barry John and Bob Lyngdoh. This year, for the Rock Music concert, we have invited Israeli band ORPHANED LAND," added Jayaraman.
For more information, visit Alcheringa 2012's FaceBook page.
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