India Today - - LEISURE -

Not long af­ter the birth of her sec­ond child, sitarist Anoushka Shankar is up for a Grammy Award for the sixth time on Fe­bru­ary 12, with Land of Gold—a col­lab­o­ra­tion with artistes such as Bri­tish-Sri Lankan hip hop star M.I.A., jazz bassist Larry Gre­nadier and ac­tress Vanessa Red­grave. Will she break her los­ing streak? The tie-in to the global refugee cri­sis puts a bit of po­lit­i­cal weight be­hind the al­bum—al­ways a fac­tor in a World Mu­sic cat­e­gory that il­lus­trates the parochial na­ture of the Grammy Awards even as it at­tempts to show the op­po­site. But the al­bum faces stiff com­pe­ti­tion from leg­endary sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian Brazil­ians Gil­berto Gil and Cae­tano Veloso, who to­gether have won three Grammy Awards; 17-time win­ner Yo-Yo Ma; four­time win­ners Lady­smith Black Mam­bazo, from South Africa; and debu­tante Celtic Woman, an all-woman Ir­ish ensem­ble. With such heavy­weights in the field, the smart money says Shankar will once again be forced to say, “It’s an honour just to be nom­i­nated”—a tru­ism that surely tastes more bit­ter ev­ery time it’s re­peated.

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