Two months after his death, Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones, daughters of great sitar maestro Ravi Shankar Monday remembered him while accepting the posthumous Grammy lifetime achievement award. Anoushka, who was also nominated in the same category, was happy to lose to her father, who died, aged 92, in California.
Talking about the award, Jones said, “We know he was very excited to be receiving this award. We really miss him. He lived and breathed music. I remember him drumming on the breakfast table, trying to get me to learn to play seven (beats) over five. I’m still trying to learn that. We are very happy to accept the award for him.” Even Anoushka said that while it was sad for her to be standing on the stage instead of her father, it was good to know that he knew of the award before he passed away.
Shankar won for The Living Room Sessions Part 1, while his daughter was nominated for “Traveller”. He was one among seven other legendary artists to be nominated for the award. Shankar's wife Sukanya Shankar was also present among the audience but she refrained from taking to the stage to accept the award.