Everyone is searching for their own Land of Gold :


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Everyone is searching for their own Land of Gold, says Grammy-nominated sitar player and global composer Anoushka Shankar, who returns to the Indian sub-continent this December after performing to full houses in Europe, North America, UK and United Arab Emirates throughout 2016.

Exactly a year ago, Anoushka Shankar broke hearts of music enthusiasts in Chennai, when she visited Bengaluru as part of her four-city tour of the Indian sub-continent, in support of her new album Home that had been nominated for the 58th Grammy Awards for Best World Music Album – 2016 but could not make it to the namma city. But the global musician is all set to make up for it this year. Starting from Chennai, Anoushka will perform in Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad on December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 respectively. She is here to promote her new album, Land of Gold .

“Land of Gold is the culmination of my journey to the interior, channeling my distress at the situation in a constructive way, exploring the stories of the voiceless and dispossessed. The central message of Land of Gold is the recognition of the resilience of the human spirit and of our capacity to find the place where enduring hope resides. Everyone is, in some way or another, searching for their own Land of Gold — a journey to a place of security, connectedness and tranquility, which they can call home, says Anoushka. Synonymous with Indian classical melodies and music, Shankar makes it a custom to integrate India on her annual global touring calendar every winter. Following the success of her 2013 album, Traces of You , and 2015s classical album Home, Anoushka returns with an innovative, cutting-edge programme addressing themes of movement, asylum, refugees; a topic that deeply inspired the creative process whilst composing the music for Land of Gold .

“The idea of millions of people being driven out of their homes, and of children not having safe shelter or passage, is not a political issue, its a humanitarian issue. Im not pretending I can change the world, or to be an expert on social and political affairs. But I certainly have a right to say when something is wrong. Its important to be a part of a culture and community, and to be a positive influence in every aspect of my life that I can, she says.

Shankar will present the album live with an exemplary quartet of instrumentalists comprising of herself, hang-player and percussionist Manu Delago, Shahani exponent Sanjeev Shankar and Londons top bassist/pianist Tom Farmer. The performance will be held on Dec 2 at Sir Mutha Venkatasubbha Rao Au ditorium in Lady Andal school, Chetpet.


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