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Anoushka Shankar: Anourag

She’s barely out of her teens, but Anoushka Shankar has built up a reputation as a sitarist that makes the precocity angle seem outdated. If there are any lingering doubts about her innate gifts on the instrument that her father, Ravi, gave a global profile, Anoushka goes a long way towards settling them on her second official recording, Anourag (Angel 7243556969; 53:52). She has shown an easy command of the technical challenges of the instrument, and her sense of music making and her improvisational voice grow ever more relaxed. Here she performs six relatively short but inspired ragas. On the final raga, “Pancham Se Gara,” her father joins her in a warm duet that finds them swapping extemporaneous assertions around a melodic foundation.

Anoushka stands to repeat the cultural service that her father did over 30 years ago: making the world’s ears safe for the sublimity of Hindustani music.

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