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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Anoushka Shankar is Single & Pregnant!

Anoushka Shankar is Single & Pregnant!
Aug 27, 2010
When sitarist Anoushka Shankar confessed to media last year that she sees herself pregnant by 2014, no one had guessed that she would put her five-year plan into place so soon.
But the media has learnt that the daughter of Pandit Ravi Shankar is expecting her first child with London-based filmmaker Joe Wright by spring next year.
Anoushka began dating Joe since December 2009. In an interview to DT at that time, she'd confessed about her relationship, saying, "It's unexpected and it's gone really fast, but I'm fully in it." And, the news of her pregnancy at the moment is like déjà vu as she had said then that it's not necessary to be married to have children.

At the same time, Anoushka had added, "I do believe in marriage, very much, but I also don't believe it's the only route. Love and relationships have to be defined by the people who're in them."

Reportedly, after conceiving, Anoushka replied to congratulatory messages by close ones saying, "We are so happy. It feels so ridiculous... I hope and pray everything goes well with this baby and ask for everyone's blessings." It's being said that Anoushka will make a formal announcement very soon.
While Pandit Ravi Shankar is currently in California and couldn't be contacted, Anoushka's manager, on being contacted, said, "It's no secret that Anoushka is seeing Joe. But, we can say nothing else at the moment. As and when there's something to share, we will."

But for a while now, Anoushka's been giving interviews about the "wonderful relationship" that she shares with Joe and the joys that she's getting from little things like tending to his house. In fact, earlier this year, she was reported as saying, "I'm loving nesting and traveling with Joe. I love doing the dishes and cleaning the house... It just feels right. I'm very happy."

>> Ravi Shankar and his dangerous liasions
Shankar was born 7 April 1920 in Varanasi to a wealthy and conservative Brahmin family of cultured Bengalis as the youngest of seven brothers, of whom four lived when he was born. Shankar's Bengali birth name was Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury. His father, Shyam Shankar, an administrator for the Maharaja of Jhalawar, used the Sanskrit spelling of the family name and removed its last part. Shyam was married to Shankar's mother Hemangini Devi, but later worked as a lawyer in London. There he married a second time while Devi raised Shankar in Varanasi, and did not meet his son until he was eight years old. Shankar shortened the Sanskrit version of his first name, Ravindra, to Ravi, for "sun".

Shankar married Allauddin Khan's daughter Annapurna Devi in 1941 and a son, Shubhendra Shankar, was born in 1942.
Shankar separated from her in the 1940s and had a relationship with Kamala Shastri, a dancer, beginning in the late 1940s .

An affair with Sue Jones, a New York concert producer, led to the birth of Norah Jones in 1979.

In 1981, Anoushka Shankar was born to Ravi Shankar (in an existing marriage and at least 2 more relationships) and Sukanya Rajan (while she was in an existing marriage), whom Shankar had known since the 1970s.

After separating from Kamala Shastri in 1981 Shankar lived with Sue Jones until 1986 and married Sukanya Rajan in 1989 (when Anoushka Shankar was 8 years old).

>> Hard to say no to Free Love

Shankar married Annapurna Devi, the daughter of his guru Ustad Allauddin Khan, when he was 21, but they were ill matched and broke up after a few years. Annapurna granted him divorce decades later. They had two children.

The ensuing years were wild. In his autobiography, Raga Mala, he said: "I felt I could be in love with different women in different places. It was like having a girl in every port - and sometimes there was more than one!"

From the late 1940s, however, his main companion was a dancer, Kamala Shastri, and from 1967 until 1981 they lived together 'as man and wife'.

In 1972, he met the 18-year-old Sukanya Rajan, who played the tanpura at his concerts.

In 1978, although she, too, was married, they became lovers. In 1981 Anoushka was born.

Meanwhile, in America, Ravi Shankar was having an affair with the New York concert producer Sue Jones, who gave birth to Norah (or Geetali, as she was originally known) in 1979.

For the first two years of her life, he divided his affections between them and Kamala until Kamala, after three decades, finally quit him.

The next year his divorce from his wife came through.

At first he chose to be with Sue. But in 1986 their relationship ended, although he remained close to Norah. In 1989, after much prevarication, he decided to marry Sukanya, at which point Sue banned him from seeing Norah.


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