Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain Shared The Reason Behind His Grammy Absence 


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The 66th Grammy Awards have been a golden period in the Indian music industry as The Moment by Indian band Shakti created history by winning Best Global Music Album. Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain who is the prominent part of the classical band also become the first Indian artist to bagged three awards at the prestigious event Best Global Music Album (The Moment by Shakti), Best Global Music Performance (Pashto), Best Contemporary Instrumental Album (As We Speak). Despite creating a magnificent landmark the musician wasn’t there to witness the historical moment by himself and finally during an interview with Indian Rolling Stone he revealed the reason why.

Zakir Hussain said he wasn’t expecting it at all

The music icon told the outlet, “ The award for Pashto was announced first. I wasn’t expecting it at all, and since I hadn’t prepared a thank-you speech, I ended up mumbling something randomly. Bela (Fleck) couldn’t attend the ceremony, and as per the procedure, Edgar (Meyer), Rakesh (Chaurasia), and I went backstage to give bytes to the media. While that was happening, the Shakti award was announced, and I was clueless.” 

Moreover, He shared his joy to witness  the younger generation of Shakti musicians getting recognition in the global platform was the best thing. 

Hussain shared, “It was only befitting that the younger generation of Shakti musicians — vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan, and kanjira player V. Selvaganesh — collected the award,”

Co-founded by British guitarist John McLaughlin and Zakir in 1973. Apart from the founders The Indo-jazz fusion group comprises kanjira player V Selvaganesh, violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan, and vocalist Shankar Mahadevan.

Needless to say, the Grammy came out as incredible in Ledger’s career as he won three awards in a row. Especially the award for Shakti is incredibly special for the maestro as this album comes after 46th years marking monumental 50th-anniversary tour across the world.

“When we came back in the 1990s as Remember Shakti, we focused on live performances. The new Shakti album just happened when all of us were in different places during the pandemic and wanted to create something new. There has been a huge change in the content, with more vocals now,” he said of the achievement.

The 66th Annual Grammy Awards was held at Arena of Los Angeles on 5 February 2024.

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