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October 11, 2002
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts welcomes sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar
Saturday, November 2, 8:00 p.m.

Fairfax, Virginia, October 8, 2002—It’s traditional for great masters of Indian classical music to pass on their art to specially selected students. The students are often the progeny of the gurus, but they are not often female. Breaking the traditional mold is Anoushka Shankar, daughter of sitar legend Ravi Shankar. Making it look easy to be the supremely talented daughter of a famous musician, Anoushka Shankar performs on Saturday, November 2 at 8 p.m., at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. An artistic discussion takes place on the Hall’s Grand Tier 45-minutes prior to the curtain.

The only classical sitarist in the world to be trained completely by Ravi Shankar, Anoushka carries on the legacy that her father began with his first stage appearance in 1932. There is possibly no other non-Western musician to have exerted such a profound influence on Western music than Ravi Shankar. Anoushka, whose concentration remains classical, but whose talent could take her – and raga – to new realms, brings the ancient artistry she has mastered to new generations. Being profiled in a diverse group of media, from Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, Elle and even New Age magazine, to mainstream music press like Billboard and the cream of national classical reviews, has aided Anoushka in bringing Indian ragas into the 21st century, and introducing them to a 21st century audience.

Aside from winning accolades as a young classical musician, Anoushka also stands apart as a female player. The British Parliament recently presented her with a House of Commons Shield in recognition of her musicianship -- she was the youngest as well as the sole female recipient of this tribute.

For this performance, Tanmoy Bose and Bikram Ghosh join Ms. Shankar onstage; two of the world’s most respected tabla players. Their virtuosity becomes apparent during their rapid-fire interplay on the ancient drums. Tanmoy Bose was born into a musical family. Early on, he received both vocal training from and learned harmonium. With his balanced, unrestrained Tanmoy has carved a niche for himself as a sought after tabla player both as a soloist and an accompanist. Tabla virtuoso Bikram Ghosh had his main training of tabla from his illustrious father, Shankar Ghosh, and has accompanied all the stalwarts of vocal and instrumental music. Since 1995, he has accompanied Ravi Shankar at many major concerts in India, Europe, the U.S.A. and the Far East.

Tickets for Anoushka Shankar, Saturday, November 2, 8 p.m., are $34-$17. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.