Shankar Mahadevan and Zakir Hussain bring pride to India with their outstanding achievements at the Grammy Awards
Indian musical brilliance shines at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards as Shankar Mahadevan and Zakir Hussain’s fusion band ‘Shakti’ secures the prestigious Grammy for Best Global Music Album with their mesmerizing creation, ‘This Moment.
At the 66th Annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles, Indian musicians Shankar Mahadevan and Zakir Hussain’s fusion band ‘Shakti’ clinched the prestigious Grammy for ‘Best Global Music Album’ on Monday, setting a remarkable milestone for Indian music on the international stage. The accolade honored their latest masterpiece, ‘This Moment‘.
In a heartwarming scene, Mahadevan and fellow band member Ganesh Rajagopalan took to the stage to accept the award, greeted by resounding applause. The official Grammy Twitter account celebrated their win, posting, “Congrats Best Global Music Album winner – ‘This Moment’ Shakti. #GRAMMYs.”
Mahadevan, in his gracious acceptance speech, expressed profound gratitude to his bandmates, family, friends, and India, encapsulating the collective pride of his homeland. He paid a special tribute to his wife, acknowledging her unwavering support and inspiration in his musical journey, eliciting an enthusiastic response from the audience.
‘This Moment‘, the acclaimed album released on June 30 the previous year, boasts eight enchanting tracks crafted by musical virtuosos John McLaughlin (guitar synth), Zakir Hussain (tabla), Shankar Mahadevan (vocalist), V Selvaganesh (percussionist), and Ganesh Rajagopalan (violinist). Among stiff competition from renowned artists such as Susana Baca, Bokante, Burna Boy, and Davido, Shakti’s transcendent compositions stood out, earning them well-deserved recognition on the global stage.
The Grammy triumph not only celebrates the artistic brilliance of Shakti but also underscores the rich tapestry of Indian musical heritage resonating worldwide. With their soul-stirring melodies and seamless fusion of diverse musical elements, Shankar Mahadevan, Zakir Hussain, and their talented collaborators have once again affirmed India’s indelible imprint on the global music landscape.