The Chan Centre presents sitarist Anoushka Shankar. Blazing new trails set by her later father, Pandit Ravi Shankar, the GRAMMY nominated musician will perform works from her highly anticipated ninth studio album, Land of Gold, dedicated to the plight of refugees around the world.  Here are five reasons we think you should go:

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Shankar is a five-time GRAMMY nominated artist and the daughter of legendary sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar. Upon reaching her twenties, Shankar had completed three classical recordings, and became the first Indian female and – youngest-ever musician – to be nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the world music category.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap] Possessing a desire to bring the sitar to new musical realms, Shankar has collaborated with artists across many genres, including composer Phillip Glass, Anglo-Indian producer Nitin Sawhney, and electronica visionary Karsh Kale. Shankar has also toured with British rock group Jethro Tull, and recorded with acclaimed musicians Sting and Norah Jones (her half-sister).

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]Land of Gold focuses on the refugee crisis in the world. Shankar has been vocal on the issue of refugees, not only in her music, but also through political rallying. More recently she helped coordinate a call-to-action to the UK government for greater refugee support, which was signed by more than 100 leading British cultural figures.

[dropcap]4[/dropcap] Shankar is also an outspoken advocate for gender equality and a proponent of One Billion Rising, a campaign to end violence against women. The musician’s passion for this issue inspired her to give prominent voice to female artists on Land of Gold. Such voices include the provocative M.I.A., Oscar-winning actor/activist Vanessa Redgrave, and German-Turkish songstress Alev Lenz, who sang the title track.

[dropcap]5[/dropcap] Described by Shankar herself as her “strongest album to date”, Land of Gold features renowned shehnai (indian reed) player Sanjeev Shankar, and inventive percussionist Manu Delago, who along with masterful bassist/pianist Tom Farmer, will accompany the artist at the Chan Centre.

Anoushka Shankar performs in the Chan Shun Concert Hall at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia on April 8. Visit for tickets and information.

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