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NEETI SARKAR
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Chat Norah Jones on fulfilling her father’s desire and her musical influences

S he is one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful artistes in the world and despite being the daughter of one of India’s most illustrious musicians Pandit Ravi Shankar, she will perform live in India for the first time ever this month. Nine-time Grammy winner, Norah Jones first emerged on the world stage a decade ago with the 2002 release of ‘Come Away with Me’ that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a phenomenon, sweeping the 2003 Grammy Awards and signalling a paradigm shift from the prevailing synthetic pop music of the time. Since then, the talented artiste has sold over 40 million albums worldwide Norah speaks to MetroPlus about her maiden India tour, her music and what she’s got on the cards.

How did this performance come about?

I’m excited to come to India. It’s also bittersweet because my dad just passed away. I’ve never played in India, so that’s one reason to do it, and also my dad has always wanted me to perform here. It’s just been a matter of timing, and adding on to tours. It’s just never worked out in the past. I’m usually so tired by the end of the tour that I never want to add the faraway places. This time I planned it a while ago and my dad was really asking me to do it, and I thought it would be nice for him and for me. So it’s very sad that he’s gone now.

Who are your biggest musical influences?

Every year I change and get inspired by different things. I find inspiration in all kinds of places. It’s really hard to put into words.

Your music appeals to a wide range of audience. How did you achieve it?

It’s great. It’s totally random. Sometimes there will be older people, sometimes there will be college kids, and sometimes there will be people my age.

If there was an Indian artiste/band you could collaborate with, who would it be?

At this point in the tour, there’s not going to be a lot of room for anything other than the shows, but I’m always open to things. I’m mostly familiar with my dad and sister (Anoushka). They’re my personal favourites. I’ve heard a lot of music from them over the past few years that I love and I never remember other names. I have a good old Bollywood soundtrack compilation that I listen to sometimes. I love old Bollywood music which is so good.

Norah Jones will be performing in Bangalore on March 8. Tickets are available at www.nh7.in/asummersday and BookMyShow.com.

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