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Norah ‘Shankar’ to perform in India

February 14
22:57 2013

norah-joneswebNEW DELHI: Much to the excitement of her fans, nine-time Grammy winner Norah Jones will perform twice in Delhi. The American jazz singer-songwriter’s first ever show in India got sold out within three weeks since the tickets were thrown open. Jones will now perform on two consecutive days – March 5 and 6 – at Sirifort Auditorium.

“I’m very excited to be playing in Delhi, and I’m excited to be adding a second show. I hope that we’ll have a lot of fun at the shows, and that everyone else is as excited as I am,” said Norah Jones.

Her performance comes with a cause, as it aims to raise funds and spread awareness about breast cancer. She will kick off her three-city tour with a headlining performance at A Summer’s Day music festival in Mumbai on March 3 followed by concerts in New Delhi then in Bangalore on March 8.

“We wanted more fans to be able to hear her perform live, and so we spoke to her, and her management is adding a second show in Delhi,” says Vijay Nair, the organizer.

Norah Jones will be supported by Portland singer, M Ward, one half of indie pop duo She & Him.

Nine-time Grammy winner Norah Jones, 33, is excited about her first performance in India but says that the feeling is “bittersweet”. “I’m excited to come. It’s also bittersweet because my Dad (late music maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar) just passed away. I’ve never played in India, so that’s one reason to do it, and also my dad always wanted me to play here. It’s always just been a matter of timing, and adding on to tours. It’s just never worked out in the past,” she says.

The American jazz singer-songwriter wants to dedicate her performance to her father. “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 nice for me. So it’s very sad that he’s gone now, but I know he was very excited that I was going to be playing in India, so that’s a nice thing,” she says.

Norah to perform on Oscar night

Norah Jones will sing Everybody Needs a Best Friend, from the Ted soundtrack, during the 85th Academy Awards ceremony on February 24. The 33-year-old actress and singer will perform one of the five tunes in the Best Original Song category, during the most watched film event of the year.

Norah Jones co-wrote the lyrics for Everybody Needs a Best Friend with Seth MacFarlane, who directed the comedy she also featured in. McFarlane is hosting the Oscars ceremony.

Jones will perform along with other stars, including Adele, who will sing the Skyfall theme – nominated in the same category – live for the first time.

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