In a heartening gesture, Bharat Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his congratulations to renowned musicians Shankar Mahadevan, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Rakesh Chaurasia, Ganesh Rajagopalan, and Selvaganesh V for their exceptional victories at the Grammy Awards. The Prime Minister took to social media to express his joy, praising their phenomenal success and acknowledging their talent and dedication to music. He emphasized that these achievements are not only a source of pride for Bharat but also serve as inspiration for aspiring artists.
Congratulations @ZakirHtabla, @Rakeshflute, @Shankar_Live, @kanjeeraselva, and @violinganesh on your phenomenal success at the #GRAMMYs! Your exceptional talent and dedication to music have won hearts worldwide. India is proud! These achievements are a testament to the hardwork…
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 5, 2024
The Grammy-winning tabla player and music composer, Ustad Zakir Hussain, secured the prestigious award in the ‘Best Global Music Performance’ category for his contribution to ‘Pashto.’ During his acceptance speech, he expressed gratitude to the Academy and his fellow musicians, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Rakesh Chaurasia. Hussain highlighted the importance of family and love in their musical journey.
Hussain also celebrated another victory at the Grammys, as the collaborative album ‘As We Speak’ with Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Rakesh Chaurasia won in the ‘Best Contemporary Instrumental Album’ category. The tabla maestro’s diverse contributions across genres were recognized at the esteemed awards ceremony.
The Grammy-winning album ‘This Moment,’ featuring the musical prowess of Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, V Selvaganesh, Ganesh Rajagopalan, and John McLaughlin, earned the ‘Best Global Music Album Award.’ The album consists of eight songs and was in competition with artists such as Susana Baca, Bokante, Burna Boy, and Davido.
The Shakti band, comprising Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, John McLaughlin, V Selvaganesh, and Ganesh Rajagopalan, clinched victory in their category at the 66th edition of the Grammys, held in Los Angeles. The group’s collaborative efforts in ‘This Moment’ showcased their musical synergy and innovation.
The achievements of these Bharatiya musicians on the global stage underscore their dedication and contribution to the world of music. Prime Minister Modi’s congratulatory message not only recognizes their success but also aims to inspire the next generation of artists to dream big and excel in their musical pursuits. The Grammy wins serve as a testament to the hard work and harmony these artists bring to the world through their music.