Anoushka Shankar, daughter of legendary sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar, says she is not at all surprised that her father's album The Living Room Sessions Part 2 has received a posthumous nomination at 56th Grammy Awards.
The 32-year-old sitarist, who was very closed to her
father, said that all his albums were incredibly
"It's amazing and at the same time not surprising at all.
It's overwhelmingly incredible as it is his first album since
his death and it got the Grammy nod. All his albums were
incredibly beautiful," Anoushka told PTI.
The sitar maestro, who died last December at the age of
92, won the World Music album award last year for the first
part of the album The Living Room Sessions Part 1.
The Grammy also honoured him with a posthumous lifetime
achievement award, which was received on his behalf by
daughters Anoushka and Norah Jones.
Anoushka, 32, feels the kind of albums his father made in
his last days are made by only few people in the world as they
are with no editing and layering.
"My dad hadn't recorded many albums recently. The last
album was 14 years ago. Finally, he called Tanmoy Bose (tabla
player) at our home in San Diego and in our living room he
played with him over a couple of days. One of my dad's student
did the recording. Those seven ragas that my dad played were
split into two albums," she added.
The musician, who collaborated with her father many times,
is sad that she was not involved in any of his last works.
"I wish I would have been because all these were solely
music. I am hopeful that it wins a Grammy this year too," she
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on January 26,
2014, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.