‘MU­SI­CIAN WANTED ME IN HIS ROOM’

More women are needed in po­si­tions of power to make things bet­ter, feels Anoushka Shankar

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee

In some way, I was pro­tected be­cause of who my fa­ther is. Even with that, a cou­ple of peo­ple [did make ad­vances] ANOUSHKA SHANKAR, MU­SI­CIAN

The furore over the al­leged sex­ual harassment of some dozens of women by Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein has co­in­cided with the #metoo cam­paign draw­ing at­ten­tion to the wide­spread sex­ual vi­o­lence against women. Now it’s the turn of Anoushka Shankar, the renowned sitar player, to say, “Me, too.” “When I was 14, I had a mu­si­cian ask me if I could go up to his room…,” says Anoushka, who’s the daugh­ter of the sitar leg­end, Pan­dit Ravi Shankar. She tweeted for #metoo with the mes­sage: “When I was six, when I was 7. 8, 9, 10. I was 11, 12, 13. 14. 17. 28. In Lon­don. Las Ve­gas. New Delhi. Cal­i­for­nia. France. New York. #metoo” (sic). It’s an eye-open­ing cam­paign, but can it lead to ac­tual change? “In my mind it’s not that we are go­ing through a dark phase right now but we are shin­ing a light on some­thing dark that has be­ing go­ing on from the be­gin­ning of time,” says Anoushka, adding, “We need more women in po­si­tions of power, so that women’s is­sues are more thought of. So just tweet­ing isn’t enough, though it’s a great start. But it has to lead to votes for peo­ple who would ac­tu­ally help to make things bet­ter.” The Lon­don based artist is in In­dia to pro­mote the re­stored ver­sion of the film Shi­raz: A Ro­mance of In­dia (1928) as part of an In­dia tour by the Bri­tish Coun­cil and Bri­tish Film In­sti­tute. Anoushka has com­posed the mu­sic for the en­tire film, which is a first for her.

PHOTO: WASEEM GASHROO/HT

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