5. Anoushka Shankar
Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is a phenomenon artist in the Indian classical and progressive world music. Starting from the age of 13, she bagged six Grammy Award nominations, recognition as the youngest and first female recipient of a British House of Commons Shield, credit as an Asian Hero by TIME Magazine, and a Songlines Best Artist Award. She recently became one of the first five female composers to have been added to the UK A-level music syllabus. Adding to that she is the first Indian artist to perform at the Grammy Awards. She has performed at various international platforms such as Carnegie Hall, Barbican Centre, Sydney Opera House, Vienna Konzerthaus, Salle Pleyel, Royal Festival Hall, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Palais des Beaux-Arts and the KKL Luzern. Few of her event performances were at the Verbier Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, Boom Festival and the London Proms. Her latest album on Deutsch Grammophon, Land of Gold, is her personal response to the humanitarian trauma of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty.