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Indian Maestros Shankar Mahadevan and Zakir Hussain’s Fusion Band ‘Shakti’ Clinches Grammy for ‘Best Global Music Album’

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Indian musicians Shankar Mahadevan and Zakir Hussain, along with their fusion band ‘Shakti,’ clinched the prestigious Grammy award for ‘Best Global Music Album’ on Monday. The accolade was bestowed upon their latest album titled ‘This Moment.’

Shankar Mahadevan and Zakir Hussain’s Fusion Band ‘Shakti’ Clinches Grammy

In a snapshot shared by the Grammys on their official X account, Mahadevan and another band member, Ganesh Rajagopalan, were captured receiving the award onstage, garnering widespread applause and recognition.

During his heartfelt acceptance speech, Mahadevan expressed gratitude to his fellow musicians, his family, friends, and India, emphasizing his pride in his country. He dedicated the award to his wife, acknowledging her unwavering support and inspiration in his musical journey, drawing cheers and applause from the audience. The album ‘This Moment,’ released in June last year, features a collection of eight mesmerizing tracks crafted by a talented ensemble comprising John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, V Selvaganesh, and Ganesh Rajagopalan.

In addition to their win for ‘Best Global Music Album,’ Zakir Hussain also secured the Grammy for ‘Best Global Music Performance’ for his contribution to ‘Pashto,’ alongside Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer, featuring Rakesh Chaurasia, a virtuoso flute player. Hussain’s exceptional talent earned him three Grammy awards in one night, while Chaurasia received two accolades, marking a remarkable achievement for Indian musicians on the global stage.

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