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An Indian woman with short, curly black hair wears big silver hoop earrings and a beige long sleeve top. She has a sitar placed across her knee - this is a guitar-like instrument with a short round body and a very long neck and many tuning knobs.

Anoushka Shankar

12 January 2024

In the Concert Hall

Contemporary Music

Achingly beautiful Indian classical and contemporary music, from the queen of sitar and her hotshot London five-piece. 

A triumph of atmosphere, songcraft and feeling, which had the audience entranced throughout

The Telegraph

The world’s finest sitar player returns

A virtuoso musician and composer, Anoushka Shankar and her hotshot quintet will fill the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall with a sublime and dynamic neoclassical approach to Indian music.  

A world music superstar with nine Grammy nominations to her name, Shankar studied sitar under the instruction of her father – the maestro Ravi Shankar – and has captivated audiences since the age of 13.  

Back in Sydney after her 2018 standout shows, she brings new material from mini-album Chapter I: Forever, For Now, alongside reinterpreted gems from her previous releases.   

Shankar leads the way in a five-piece of London instrumentalists, all startlingly talented solo artists in their own right, to perform hypnotic and achingly beautiful contemporary music that draws deeply from Indian classical roots and the lived experience of a global diaspora.

Presented by Sydney Festival

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