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Song sisters at Grammys

New York, Dec. 9 (PTI): Playback legend Asha Bhonsle and Pandit Ravi Shankar’s daughters Anoushka and Norah Jones are in the running for this year’s Grammy awards.

Asha is in the race for her album You’ve stolen my heart ' Songs from R.D. Burman’s Bollywood, in collaboration with the Kronos Quartet, and Anoushka for her album Rise.

Norah has been nominated for Virginia Moon, a collaborative album with Foo Fighters.

Asha and Anoushka have been nominated in the Best Contemporary World Music Album category while Norah, Anoushka’s half sister, is in contention for the Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.

The nominations were announced last night. The awards function will be held in Los Angeles in February 2006.

Asha said today she was “delighted” she had been nominated for the second time. Her album Legacy, with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, had been in the running in 1997.

“I am delighted. I thank my fans and well-wishers for their support,” she said from Pune, where she was busy attending some programmes.

On her birthday on September 8, she had said she had “high expectations from the album she was doing with the Kronos Quartet”.

She performed in the US and the UK with the quartet the same month. The concert, India Calling, had Asha singing remixed versions of some of her late husband R.D. Burman’s compositions.

BBC Radio 3 also named Asha and the Kronos Quartet as nominees for its 2006 Awards for World Music in the Boundary Crossing category. The award winners will be unveiled on February 18.

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