The questionnaire: Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar, 19, is the daughter of sitar master Ravi Shankar. She grew up in London, New Delhi and California, and became her father's student aged nine. Still the only sitarist trained solely by Ravi, she made her performing debut at 13. She recently released her second album, Anourag.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Lots of travel and performing, lots of close friends and pets, and a wonderful man to go home to - that last part is a bit down the road.

What is your greatest fear?

Being lonely.

Which living person do you most admire?

My father - aside from being an incredible musician, he's also the most caring, loving, humorous man.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

I lose my temper when I'm stressed.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

It's difficult to have relationships with people who can't compromise.

What is your most unappealing habit?

People get really annoyed at how often I crack my fingers and my neck.

What makes you depressed?

Because of how much I travel, it's easy to make friends, but difficult to make close friends. So it hurts me when I grow away from people I've been close to, even though I know how natural that is - I never really get over it.

What is your favourite smell?

I love to smell the few people that I'm very close to. It's incredibly comforting.

What is your favourite fantasy?

I have dreams about flying really often. It took me until I was nine or 10 to realise that I couldn't actually fly! It still disappoints me, because I know the feeling so clearly.

Have you ever said 'I love you' and not meant it?

Never, but I hate that sometimes I feel pressured to say, 'I love you, too'.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

A driver's licence!

What would your motto be?

Live in the moment, love without holding back, and have a job you enjoy.

What keeps you awake at night?

Things I said that I didn't mean; things I should've said and didn't.

How would you like to be remembered?

I would hate for people to say that I didn't live up to my father's name. And, aside from music, I want people to look back and say they were happy to have known me.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

You don't get away with hurting people: somehow or other it comes back to you.


Compiled by Rosanna Greenstreet

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