“It was always very frustrating to be told I’d had a perfect life when people never had a clue.” Musician Anoushka Shankar on speaking out and feeling hope
“THE thing I want to know. Anoushka,” I ask the woman on the other end of the line, “is this. How bloody difficult is it to learn to play the sitar?”
Anoushka Shankar’s laughter glissandos down the scale. “It’s really hard,” she finally says as the ripples of amusement fade from her voice. “Obviously I haven’t played every other instrument to compare it to but people who play other instruments tell me that it’s way harder than other string instruments.”
Well, yes, given that your average sitar is on average 4ft tall, and has somewhere in the region of 20 strings, that doesn’t surprise me.
“It’s just difficult, to start with, to hold the instrument right, to get the positioning right,” Shankar…
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