Two Indian tabla players win the Grammy

Q.  Which Indian tabla player(s) have won the Grammy in 2017?
- Published on 14 Feb 17

a. Sandeep Das
b. Talvin Singh
c. Abhiman Kaushal
d. Both a and c
e. All the above

ANSWER: Both a and c
 
Two Indian tabla players win the GrammyIndian tabla player Sandeep Das is a part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble ‘Sing Me Home’ that has won the Grammy in ‘World Music’ category.

Yo-Yo Ma’s ‘Sing Me Home’ features tunes composed or arranged by different global artists.

The album was released to accompany a documentary on Ma’s project titled ‘The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble’.

NY based Syrian clarinet player Kinan Azmeh, who was recently stranded overseas when U.S. President Donald Trump imposed a ban, was among those who worked on the album.

Yo-Yo Ma’s Sing Me Home features tunes composed or arranged by different global artists as it examines the ever-changing idea of home.

The album was released to accompany a documentary on Ma’s project entitled The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble.

Grammy Award winning album White Sun II has a strong Indian connection, too.

With popular names such as Adam Berry, Gurujas and Hari Jiwan Singh Khalsa, this time the band had roped in the noted tabla player Abhiman Kaushal.

White Sun II, which won the 59th Grammy for being the Best New Age Album on 12th Feb 2017, features Kaushal along with Grammy-winning kora player Mamadou Diabate, and violinist Gabe Witcher.

Kaushal, originally from Hyderabad, currently works as the Adjunct Associate Professor at the department of ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Kaushal has accompanied several leading musicians, singers and dancers of North Indian classical music.

He has also recorded a soundtrack for National Geographic's Man Eaters of North India and the movie Zoolander.

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