Internationally acclaimed sitarist Anoushka Shankar, who has been nominated for a Grammy award this year, is coming up with a new album Land of Gold, which will release on April 1. The album 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. It also offers an uplifting message of hope for dark times. The album contemplates the common thread of humanity and its power to reconnect people divided by hatred and fear. Anoushka had, on several instances, emphasised that “the seeds of Land of Gold originated in the context of the humanitarian plight of refugees.” She has been nominated at this year’s 58th Annual Grammy Awards for her album Home.