The silent struggle, immense hard work, three nominations and finally a WIN! Grammy comes home folks and the man bringing it is none other than Tabla Maestro Sandeep Das. We feel soo proud.
His collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble won a Grammy for Best Global Music on Sunday, February 12, in Los Angeles.
The happiness of this maestro, however, has its own "but". Happy about his win, Sandeep expressed his disappointment with the Indian Media and the reason seems justified. Talking in an interview the Tabla Maestro said,
"I am very proud of the Grammy because I am representing India on a global platform. I was also very happy because I was the only one on stage wearing our traditional Indian kurta-pyjama ensemble. Everyone else wore suits."
But here are his concerns regarding Indian heritage:
"I have performed at the poshest and most prestigious venues in the West. I have been invited for guest lectures at the most distinguished universities in America. But the Indian media has largely ignored my efforts. Ironically, classical heritage is dying in India while it is being celebrated in the West. The media in India wrote about Karan Johar lecturing at the Harvard Business School. No one took notice of the fact that I was invited to teach Arts In Education at Harvard. I am so proud to be holding the Grammy in my hand right now, but there is not one single Indian mediaperson here. I am being asked, 'Where are the Indian journalists? Aren't you from India?' Yes, I am from India and I am very proud to be representing my country at the Grammys in LA."
It does make sense!
Sandeep Das now has made Boston his home along with his wife Trupti and two daughters Sonakshi and Sakshi.
The country is proud, though
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