‘Moth­er­hood has changed my mu­sic’

I have be­come a lot more sen­si­tive as an artist now, and I ex­press a lot more through my mu­sic

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Ruchika Kher ruchika.kher@hin­dus­tan­times.com

She has rein­vented the sound of the sitar and per­formed around the world in her 20-year ca­reer. How­ever, si­tarist Anoushka Shankar says that moth­er­hood that has changed her mu­sic. “I think I have be­come a lot more sen­si­tive as an artist now. That means that there are a lot more feel­ings and much more to ex­press through my mu­sic now,” says Shankar, whose son, Zu­bin, is now four.

Her latest al­bum, Home, is ded­i­cated to her late fa­ther. Her last al­bum in 2013 was also ded­i­cated to him. Back then, she had said that talk­ing about him was tough. Does she feel the same way even now? “This al­bum was very dif­fer­ent. It’s two years on (since my fa­ther’s death). Last time, it just so hap­pened that my fa­ther passed away while I was mak­ing an al­bum. Ev­ery­one in the world was mak­ing that as­so­ci­a­tion and ask­ing me about it all the time while I was still griev­ing. So, that was a very painful process. But this al­bum is like an of­fer­ing to him be­cause I’m play­ing clas­si­cal ra­gas in an al­bum af­ter a long time,” she says.

And as she ded­i­cates her al­bum to her fa­ther, also her guru, she re­mem­bers that it wasn’t easy to break away from his shadow, ini­tially. “It was very chal­leng­ing. The one thing that I al­ways did was to be hon­est as an artist, and try to be my­self. That helped me through the whole process be­cause I was never try­ing to es­cape my fa­ther’s legacy. But at the same time, that wasn’t all that I was,” she shares.

Talk­ing of how her mu­sic has evolved over the years, she says, “When I play my mu­sic now, I feel that I know my voice a lot bet­ter. And so, the mu­sic I make now is also stronger.”


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