Unlike a certain other daughter of legendary Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar who made a household name for herself superficially singing breathy interpretations of standards and elevator jazz, Anoushka Shankar is a multi-faceted musician whose talent is limited only by her imagination. Those of us who follow her father’s career know that it is Anoushka who alternates playing lead and second sitar in Ravi’s ensemble, paying strict attention to the extraordinary demands of his style of Indian classical music. But on her own, Anoushka’s music owes as much to the West as it does to the Indian tradition, and hers is truly a unique fusion of ambient music with an Indian sensibility as her newest album “Rise” (Angel/EMI) attests. A special DJ set by Karsh Kale will open this third and final concert in the City of Chicago’s new world-music series. (Dennis Polkow)
August 13 at Pritzker Pavilion.