Anoushka Shankar: My baby needs to know India!


By Hindustan Times

NEW DELHI, Jan. 11 -- After actor Madhuri Dixit, it is sitarist Anoushka Shankar who is ready to pack her bags for the homecoming. Shankar, who is settled in London with her filmmaker husband Joe Wright, year old son Zubin and and their dog, Kansas Brown, says she wants her child to know his roots.

"We (Joe and I) do talk about that. That's likely to happen at some point. India is home, and it's important for me to raise Zubin in his country," says the 30-year-old. The artist is currently in India to promote her latest album, Traveller. She will perform in Mumbai on January 13 and in Delhi on January 15 as part of the Vh1 Handpicked concerts. Since the "record was made while he (Zubin) was being made," the daughter of sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar is making plans for both at the same time. Does she see him growing up to be a musician too? "Whatever he chooses, I want him to be happy ... he can be an accountant for that matter, I'm fine with it!"

She's sure the family effect is rubbing off, though. "The way he is being raised is definitely in a very artistic environment. So if that has an impact, then it's not for us (to stop him)." She adds: "I've been speaking to him more in Tamil because that's my mother tongue. My dad speaks to him in Bengali. I'd like him to speak Hindi."