Grammy Nominated Composer Anoushka Shankar to Score “An Officer and His Holiness”
World renowned Composer and Artist Anoushka Shankar is to Score “An Officer and His Holiness”, a film about His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama and how he escaped into exile, currently being produced by Illumina Studios & Media Ltd. Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is a singular figure in the Indian classical and progressive world music scenes. Her dynamic and spiritual musicality has garnered several prestigious accolades, including six Grammy® Award nominations, recognition as the youngest – and first female – recipient of a British House of Commons Shield, credit as an Asian Hero by TIME Magazine, and a Songlines Best Artist Award. Most recently, she became one of the first female composers to have been added to the UK A-level music syllabus.
Deeply rooted in the Indian Classical music tradition, Anoushka studied exclusively from the age of nine under her father and guru, the late Ravi Shankar, and made her professional debut as a classical sitarist at the age of thirteen. By the age of 20, she had made three classical recordings for EMI/Angel and received her first Grammy® nomination, thereby becoming the first Indian female and youngest-ever nominee in the World Music category. In 2005, Anoushka released her self-produced breakthrough album Rise, which earned her a second Grammy® nomination. Anoushka
score for the An Officer and His Holiness based on her extensive experience with Indian Classical music with a modern twist.
Her shining ability and stunning creative insights are sure to add a depth of emotion to the storytelling and enable audiences around the world to be thrilled and entertained by the lm.