See saw: Roll of Honour
Growing up in the US and India and learning from her father — legendary sitar player Pandit Ravi Shankar — Anoushka Shankar has constantly worked towards justifying her illustrious lineage. But even she would not have factored in a Grammy nomination in a category where she is pitted against her father for the hallowed gramophone. Both Anoushka and Pandit Ravi Shankar are in the fray in the Best World Music Album Category this year. While Pandit Ravi Shankar has been nominated for The Living Room Sessions Part-1 — an album that comprises a recorded session with tabla player Tanmoy Bose in his living room last year, Anoushka has been nominated for her album Traveller, in which she has experimented with foot-tapping flamenco music. Others vying for the trophy in the category include Hawaiian producer-songwriter Daniel Ho, South African musician Hugh Ramopolo Masekela and Mali-based music duo Amadou & Mariam. The awards will be announced on February 10.
Gotye's Turn Now
Brazilian-Australian singer-songwriter Wouter "Wally" De Backer, better known as Gotye, has just announced his first concert in India. He will perform at Blue Frog in New Delhi, on February 6 next year, for the finale of the ongoing Oz Fest. With his hit single, Somebody That I Used to Know, turning out to be the biggest selling song of the year, Gotye has three Grammy nominations in his bag this year, including one for Record of the Year. Interestingly, his concert in India will take place just five days prior to the awards ceremony.