The cheers and claps that echoed by the Crypto.com Area in Los Angeles on February 4 have died down. After record-breaking wins (Taylor Swift created historical past together with her fourth ‘Album of the Yr’ award) and tear-jerking performances (Beyoncé and Meryl Streep have been moved by veteran Jon Mitchell’s singing), the musicians can be again in studios or on stage. The present is over, however the present goes on.
So what are the main takeaways of Grammy 2024?
Watch | Grammys 2024 | Shakti wins Greatest International Music Album
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Indian classical music is neither staid nor constrictive. Therefore, Ustad Zakir Hussain grew to become the primary Indian musician to win three trophies in a single night. Additionally, since 2015, the Grammy Museum’s Mike Curb Gallery has a devoted part to iconic sitarist Pt. Ravi Shankar, recognized for his trailblazing efforts to introduce Indian music to the West and for his affect on American and British standard music. He was the primary Indian musician to win a Grammy in 1968. He was additionally honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, posthumously.
Instrumental music, which is often accorded secondary place within the Indian classical hierarchical construction, is stealing the limelight globally. Zakir’s tabla, Ganesh Rajagopalan’s violin and Selva Ganesh’s kanjira are a part of Shakti’s This Second, which bagged the International Music Album Grammy. It additionally options jazz ace John McLaughlin, and famend singer Shankar Mahadevan. Selva has efficiently turned the kanjira, a humble upapakkavadyam (second-rung accompanying instrument in Carnatic live shows), edgy and experimental.
The standard classical music repertoire is an enormous reserve of concepts. Musicians can each draw in addition to add to it. It additionally holds sufficient house to accommodate alien types. Pashto from As We Converse, which was declared the Greatest Modern Instrumental Album, options Zakir, flautist Rakesh Chaurasia, American banjo participant Béla Fleck and American bassist Edgar Meyer. The music pays tribute to the custom of Indian classical musicians enjoying with British imperial bands in early Twentieth-Century India. Zakir, who had watched them carry out as a toddler, constructed upon this reminiscence with melody and rhythm.
In his acceptance speech Zakir Hussain, wearing an Indian tuxedo designed by Manish Malhotra, mentioned, “With out love, with out music, with out concord, we’re nothing.” And no different Indian musician in current instances has demonstrated it as remarkably as this tabla virtuoso, who has, over the many years, created a borderless tradition world. His triumphs that night reiterate the necessity for classical musicians to be open-minded and why artwork should be rid of labels.
Talking from Monaco, John McLaughlin, who couldn’t be on the awards mentioned, “I don’t have phrases to specific my love and gratitude to my brother musicians in Shakti. Our 50-year journey crisscrossing the planet has enriched my life past phrases.”
In keeping with Ganesh, the Ustad has laid the trail for the subsequent era of Indian musicians to succeed in out to a worldwide viewers. “We owe each the legends (Zakir and John) for believing in Shakti and their capability to revive the band and attain it to this stage,” mentioned Ganesh speaking on the cellphone from Los Angeles after the award ceremony.
He credited the Ustad for being among the many most influential collaborators to have prompted the Academy to introduce the ‘world music’ class.
In 1992, Zakir Hussain featured in famend drummer Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum, which additionally included six different percussionists from world wide, and received the first-ever Greatest International Music Album award. A second win got here in 2009 for the International Drum Undertaking.
Selva Ganesh, son of ghatam maestro and Grammy nominee Vikku Vinayakram, was elated as he spoke from Los Angeles. “It has been raining closely, but I used to be sweating out of nervousness after we reached the venue. My preliminary confidence was slowly giving approach to scepticism. Lastly, after I heard This Second being introduced, it actually grew to become the second of my life,” mentioned Selva, describing the pre-award temper. “What higher approach to commemorate Shakti’s five-decade journey,” he added. A couple of minutes later he referred to as to share the joyous information along with his father in Chennai.
Eighty-one-year-old Vikku Vinayakram joined the enduring band when it was launched as a quartet in 1974 by Zakir and John. Violinist L. Shankar was the fourth member.
“Although this worldwide recognition has been eluding Shakti for therefore a few years, I knew This Second would make it occur. The eight-song studio album, recorded throughout the pandemic, rekindles the feelings of the unique Shakti,” mentioned Vinayakram.
The band, which has regrouped twice, the newest being in 2020, is understood for the simple camaraderie among the many totally different artistes who come on board. “Regardless of their contrasting personas and musical types, Zakir and John make them work collectively to create a seamless sound. I’m delighted Shakti received a Grammy throughout my lifetime. Because the group went up on stage to obtain the award, I felt vindicated about having made that essential transition as a 33-year-old, from the Carnatic setup to a global platform, bringing, in flip, the ghatam beneath the highlight. At this time, the East-West bridge has been strengthened, let’s make some extra significant crossover music,” mentioned the veteran.