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Triumph for Indian Artists: A Resounding Victory at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards

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In a momentous victory at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards, Indian artists made their mark by clinching six prestigious Grammys, showcasing the extraordinary talent within the nation’s diverse music scene.

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The legendary tabla maestro Zakir Hussain emerged as a standout winner, securing three awards, while Shankar Mahadevan and their fusion band Shakti added to the glory with the Best Global Music Album for “This Moment.”

The award-winning album, released on June 30, marks a triumphant return for Shakti after a 46-year hiatus since their last studio release in 1977. Comprising eight remarkable tracks, the ensemble, featuring John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, V Selvaganesh, and Ganesh Rajagopalan, overcame competition from musicians of African, Caribbean, and Peruvian origins.

Shankar Mahadevan’s first-ever Grammy win adds a new feather to his cap, while Zakir Hussain continues to build on his illustrious career with his fifth Grammy, having previously triumphed in 1991 and 1996.

The celebration doesn’t end there, as Indian flautist Rakesh Chaurasia claimed two Grammys, contributing to the victory in the Best Global Music Performance category for the enchanting composition “Pashto.”

The captivating song “Pashto” features Zakir Hussain, Rakesh Chaurasia, Bela Fleck, and Edgar Meyer, and is part of the award-winning album “As We Speak.” This album, crowned with the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album award, weaves a melodic tapestry of banjo, tabla, double bass, and bansuri, blending Indian classical, Jazz, and Bluegrass influences seamlessly.

Expressing joy and admiration for this remarkable achievement, multiple Grammy winner Ricky Kej lauded the winners in a heartfelt post. Kej, who secured his third Grammy last year, celebrates the triumph of Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, Rakesh Chaurasia, V Selvaganesh, and Ganesh Rajagopalan.

This triumph at the Grammys further solidifies India’s prominent presence on the global music stage, with roots dating back to Ravi Shankar’s win in 1968.

With a total of 19 Grammys, excluding the latest wins, across diverse categories, Indian artists continue to leave an indelible mark, showcasing their prowess in Best New Age Album, Best Song Written for Visual Media, Best Compilation Soundtrack Album, and Best Classical Vocal Performance.

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The 66th Annual Grammy Awards stand as a testament to the rich tapestry of India’s musical heritage, celebrated and honored on the world’s stage.

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