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Los Angeles: Anoushka Shankar, acclaimed sitarist, said that it was ”fun” being backstage with the people she has admired at the 58th annual Grammy awards. She also presented at the awards ceremony.

“It was really fun being backstage with people I admire and getting to be a part of what many call the ‘real’ Grammys in the daytime, where a truly global and diverse group of artists are represented,” Anoushka, had earlier shared that she is the “first ever Indian musician” to present at the ceremony, said in an email interview.

Anoushka was also nominated for an award in the Best World Music Album category for her solo album “Home” but she couldn’t grab the coveted trophy. This was the fifth time that Anoushka was nominated for the Grammy Awards.

She lost out to Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo.

“I teased Angelique to stop beating me in that category! She’s an amazing artist and woman and deserves every win though,” Anoushka sportingly said about her defeat.

However, she praised Indo-British filmmaker Asif Kapadia for winning Best Music Film award for “Amy”, a documentary on the life of late singer Amy Winehouse.

“Oh, without doubt he deserved that win. ‘Amy’ is an incredible documentary into the life of a unique artist and the trials of an addict. Recovery is something very close to my heart for personal reasons and therefore, the film impacted me greatly,” she said.

The daughter of late sitar player Ravi Shankar said that she enjoyed rapper Kendrick Lamar’s performance the most. Lamar won big with five trophies for his album “To Pimp a Butterfly” at the Grammy Awards, which was held here on Monday.

“Without a doubt, Kendrick Lamar’s visceral and politically-charged performance was my favourite. In the face of controversy around how white the Oscars have been, I felt proud in that moment,” she said.

Anoushka, who is ready with her new album “Land of Gold”, says she is going to tour India later this year to promote it.

“Yes, I will be touring, although not until later in the year. We begin the tour in North America before travelling through Europe and finally India and the Middle East late-autumn onwards,” she added.

The album, which will release on April 1, is said to be her response to the trauma and injustice being experienced by refugees and victims of war, taking inspiration from recent news images of people fleeing civil war, oppression, poverty and unbearable hardship.(IANS)(image-youtube)

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia
FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)