Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is one of the leading figures in Indian classical and progressive world music today. She is deeply rooted in the Indian classical tradition having studied exclusively from the age of 9 under her father and guru, the legendary Ravi Shankar. In her twenties, she began thriving as a composer, exploring fertile ground in the crossover between Indian music and a variety of genres including flamenco, jazz, electronica and Western classical music. As a classical sitarist, she made her professional debut at the age of 13. Since then, she toured extensively and performed in prestigious venues and festivals around the world as a solo artist and accompanying renowned orchestras and conductors, earning a stellar reputation for her experimental innovative style. By the age of 20, Anoushka already had a string of highly acclaimed experimental classical sitar recordings, Traveller, an exploration of Indian classical music and Spanish flamenco, Grammy-nominated Rise, Breathing Under Water, a collaborative venture with Karsh Kale, and Traces of You, a daring and intimate reflection cast in a progressive style with Indian classical music at its root. Among her various accolades are three Grammy awards and Songlines Best Artist Award (2012). She is also and was the youngest and first female recipient of the House of Commons Shield from the British House of Parliament in 1999.