Sitar player Anoushka Shankar – daughter of maestro Ravi Shankar – will headline this weekend’s Diwali Festival at Trafalgar Square.
Shankar, 32, will play a set that will include tracks from her latest album “Traces of You” which was co-produced by iconic British-Indian composer Nitin Sawhney as well as Shankar’s multiple-Grammy winning half-sister Norah Jones.
Anoushka is part of an exciting line-up being brought for the free event on Sunday 27 October by famous Indophile Mayor Boris Johnson.
“I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful event and am excited about performing for the multi-cultural crowds of London during this beautiful festival,” she said.
“It feels really special to me to be connected to Diwali in London especially as I was born here and recently moved back to the city.”
With Zing TV presenter Asad Shan compering, events will kick off at 2pm with the traditional Garba and dancing in the middle of the square, accompanied by live music from Bali and Angrez.
Other performers will include the singer-songwriter Chirag Rao, who will be performing a range of Hindi music.
Londoners from all communities and visitors to the British capital have been invited to attend the celebrations, which feature traditional and contemporary music and dance. Stalls selling food and drinks and activities for children are also part of the event.
Mayor Johnson said: “London would not be the exciting and dynamic city that it is without the many communities that contribute to its dynamism and prosperity, something that is reflected in festivals like our Diwali celebrations.
“It has a powerful message about peace, mutual respect and the victory of light over evil, which is important for Londoners as well as to Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. I wish everyone celebrating in London and beyond a happy and prosperous Diwali.”