Flautist Ian Anderson, frontman of Jethro Tull and sitar player Anoushka Shankar have teamed up for a jugalbandi of sorts with their Indian tour titled ‘The Piper and The Princess’. They have been touring around the country and completed their journey yesterday after performing in Mumbai.. They have performed in Kolkatta, New Delhi, Blore, Hyderabad and Mumbai..

New Delhi: The piper Ian Anderson and the sitar princess Anoushka Shankar struck the right note with their Delhi fans on Sunday evening as they performed to a packed Hamsadhwani Theatre in Pragati Maidan.


After belting out some classic Jethro Tull numbers like Thick as a Brick and Mother Goose, Anderson was joined by Anushka for a Jugal bandi of the flute and the sitar. For Anderson, it was like coming home to India.

“We have toured the country about 10 times. India has a magnetic pull with fresh faces and ideas and no matter where we perform in the world there are always some Indian fans sitting in the audience,” says Anderson.



Mumbai hosts first concert after deadly attacks
Fri Dec 5, 2008 5:42pm IST

By Shilpa Jamkhandikar

MUMBAI (Reuters) – British rock band Jethro Tull and Indian musician Anoushka Shankar hope to get Mumbai back on its feet with a concert on Friday, barely a week after at least 171 people were killed in militant attacks in the city.

It will be the first major concert in India’s financial capital since 10 Islamist gunmen went on a three-day rampage at top luxury hotels, a railway station and a Jewish centre.

The Live Earth India concert on Dec. 7, another event featuring international artists, was called off in the wake of the attacks.

“Some people might consider it disrespectful that we are having a concert but hopefully a majority will realise what this is about and what it says,” Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson said at a press conference.

The band, on a tour of New Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore, was scheduled to perform in Mumbai last week. The Nov. 29 event was postponed following the attacks.

Proceeds from the Mumbai concert would go to a charity set up for victims of the attacks.

For Shankar, going ahead with the concert was a message in itself.

“As a musician, this is how I speak, how I express the anger within me,” she told reporters.

“Our entire tour has been changed by these events and even though the structure of the concert may remain the same, emotionally perhaps we are saying a lot more.”