Anoushka Shankar, mu­si­cian, on play­ing, lis­ten­ing and danc­ing

India Today - - INSIDE - —with Anees Sai­gal

Q:Are you do­ing any­thing new for your ‘Land of Gold’ show?

A:More tech­no­log­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity. I have a full pedal set-up, like a gui­tarist. I re­trained to play sit­ting with my feet down rather than cross-legged.

Q:How does that af­fect your per­for­mance?

A:I can make live loops of my own play­ing and cre­ate myr­iad sound ef­fects. It re­ally broad­ens my way of thinking when I play, as it makes my in­stru­ment’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties less lin­ear and more im­mer­sive. I love it.

Q:Top three al­bums of 2016?

A:These weren’t all re­leased in 2016, but: Ibeyi’s de­but al­bum; ‘Car­rie and Lowel’ by Suf­jan Stevens; and the in­cred­i­ble EP col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Nils Frahm and Ola­fur Ar­nalds.

Q:Does danc­ing to Goa trance still have a place in your life?

A:Yes! I found my spirit on the dance floor of trance fes­ti­vals when grow­ing up. It’s so much about danc­ing freely in re­sponse to mu­sic.

Q:A typ­i­cal day at home in Lon­don with your hus­band (Joe Wright)?

A:In winter, I love to stay in, watch­ing movies and cook­ing. In the sum­mer, we love hav­ing peo­ple over or get­ting out to one of the parks.

Copy­right Yu­val Hen / DG

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