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Anoushka Shankar, musician

Anoushka Shankar was just eight years old when she started to master the sitar. The hypnotic sounds of this complicated instrument were in her blood through her father – and teacher – Ravi Shankar, the world-famous Indian musician.

Although only in her mid-twenties, Shankar has already enjoyed notable success across the world in the years since her recording debut at the age of 13. In 2000, Anoushka was the youngest person ever nominated for a Grammy in the World Music category for “Live at Carnegie Hall.”

She also received a nomination for the 2005 album "Rise." Her talent shines beyond the recording studio and she has released a book about her father “Bapi: The Love of My Life."

She also earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the India National Film Awards in 2004 for her debut role in Dance Like a Man. Shankar is now extending her energy beyond the entertainment industry, and she is offering her support to the world’s hungry through WFP.

She says, "Feeding the world's poor and hungry children directly affects their ability to learn and to grow, and educated, healthy children become adults who can positively impact their society. Hunger is therefore not a remote problem, but an urgent one that affects the world as a whole."

"Hunger is therefore not a remote problem, but an urgent one that affects the world as a whole."  -Anoushka Shankar

Profession: Internationally renowned sitar player and the first Indian celebrity to lend support to WFP’s mandate to help the hungry poor and especially the children.
WFP Partner since: February 2007