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The album version of ISHQ features a vocalist singing in Hindi, My body is an instrument, my heart is a melody. Here, Sanjeev Shankar takes on the vocal role on the shehnai, a double-reed instrument rather like a cross between an oboe and a soprano sax. This all-instrumental version shows off some exceptional percussion.
Anoushka Shankar is a sort of musical gypsy, having grown up in London, Delhi and southern California, and touring the world in performances with her father, Ravi Shankar. Now she’s repeating the pattern by traveling with her child on her own concert tours. As she tells Arun Rath, she was pregnant when she recorded the album, and the song “Inside Me,” is about her unborn son dancing inside her.
The album version of “ISHQ” features a vocalist singing in Hindi, “My body is an instrument, my heart is a melody.” Here, Sanjeev Shankar takes on the vocal role on the shehnai, a double-reed instrument rather like a cross between an oboe and a soprano sax. This all-instrumental version shows off some exceptional percussion.
This song renders the lyrics of a medieval Sufi mystic into Spanish: “If I cannot see her, at least I can think of her, and so, be happy.” But you don’t need to understand the words to hear the beautiful sense of longing.
The featured singer in this piece, Sandra Carrasco, is a traveler herself, crossing the globe as an evangelist for Andalusian flamenco singing. The words she sings are Anoushka’s, translated into Spanish by her collaborator, Javier Limon: “I deserve to spend my life dancing while leaning on my true love’s shoulder, dancing.”
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