Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain and ‘Breathless’ musician Shankar Mahadevan bag Grammy awards


Our Bureau

Los Angeles, CA

Indian musicians Shankar Mahadevan and Zakir Hussain’s fusion band ‘Shakti’ bagged the Grammy’s award for ‘Best Global Music Album’, at the much anticipated event held at Arena in Los Angeles, on February 5. The award was for their latest album ‘This Moment’.

Facing stiff competition at the Grammys from artists like Susana Baca, Bokante, Burna Boy, and Davido, Shakti emerged victorious, securing the Grammy for Best Global Music Album. This triumph underscores their enduring influence and global acclaim for their distinctive musical fusion.

In an acceptance speech, Mahadevan said, “Thank you boys. Thank you God, family, friends, and India. India, we are proud of you…Last but not the least, I would like to dedicate this award to my wife whom every note of my music is dedicated to.” The musician’s speech evoked a loud cheer from the crowd.

The album ‘This Moment’, released on June 30 last year, features eight songs created by John McLaughlin (guitar synth), Zakir Hussain (tabla), Shankar Mahadevan (vocalist), V Selvaganesh (percussionist), and Ganesh Rajagopalan (violinist). They were nominated for the Grammys with other artists like Susana Baca, Bokante, Burna Boy, and Davido.

Meanwhile, Zakir Hussain also secured the ‘Best Global Music Performance’ Grammy for his contribution to ‘Pashto’ alongside Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer, featuring Rakesh Chaurasia – a virtuoso flute player. While Hussain won 3 Grammys in one night, Chaurasia bagged 2 awards.

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