Tabla artist Sandeep Das wins Grammy as part of Yo-Yo Mama's ensemble
The winning album of Yo-Yo Ma's, "Sing Me Home" has tunes composed by different global artists as it tries to ponder over the ever-changing idea of home
Indian tabla player Sandeep Das won a Grammy Award as part of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble "Sing Me Home", in the World Music category. Late Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar's daughter Anoushka Shankar was also nominated in the same category for "Land of Gold".
Shankar who had multiple nominations in the past for the same category went unlucky for the sixth time.
The winning album of Yo-Yo Ma's, "Sing Me Home" has tunes composed by different global artists as it tries to ponder over the ever-changing idea of home.
Other than Ma and Sandeep Das, artists who featured in the album include the New York-based Syrian clarinet player Kinan Azmeh, who was recently denied entry to US as part of the travel ban imposed by newly elected President Donald Trump.
After a court's roll back of the ban, Azmeh returned to the country.
Sporting a red kurta, Sandeep Das said the award function said that the collective sent a powerful message of unity and respect for each other's cultures.
“When things like this happen, it impacts us directly because a lot of us come from a lot of those countries,” Das told media after accepting the award.
“In the current situation, I think we’ll keep playing more music and sharing more love.”
Anoushka's "Land of Gold", which talks about the global refugee crisis, was also nominated in the World Music category.
Shankar received her first nomination at the age of 20 but is yet to win an award despite her multiple award nominations.
Her late father, Ravi Shankar won two individual Grammys as well as two in collaborations.