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(Exclusive) Anoushka Shankar: Composing for a silent movie is the toughest thing I’ve done

Grammy-nominated musician Anoushka Shankar is making her debut as a Bollywood music composer with a very unusual movie. She has given background score to Shiraz: A Romance of India, a silent movie made in 1928 by Himanshu Rai that has now been restored by the British Film Institute. Anoushka spoke to Born of Web exclusively on the process of creating music for the film as she announced her multi-city tour at British Council, Delhi.

Presented by BFI and British Council to mark the UK/India 2017 Year of Culture, the film will be screened in four Indian cities with Shankar performing live in front of the audience. “What was rather more challenging was making music in a format that could also be performed non-stop like a concert,” said the musician, who’s also the daughter of legendary Pt Ravi Shankar.

In the video below, she speaks about her favourite from her father’s film compositions and challenges as a music composer of Shiraz.

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