Five Asian Albums Worth Buying

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Anoushka Shankar

With a Grammy nomination in 2003, sitar prodigy Anoushka Shankar, daughter of Ravi, has already made her mark on Indian classical music. For her fourth album, Shankar has allowed Midival Punditz's Gaurav Raina, acting as producer, to jettison the traditional sound of her earlier work in favor of something altogether less orthodox, just as her father teamed up with Beatle George Harrison a generation ago. The album's anchor remains Shankar's dreamy sitar, but it also draws on electronica, jazz, rock, and African rhythms. Best track: the mesmerizing Red Sun.