If you think that the Grammy is an award shared only by the likes of International Artists, you are mistaken. These home-grown geniuses have not only bagged but have also been appreciated as legends by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The fact that we as Indians should certainly cherish and be proud of.
Here are 5 Indian Artists that have won the Grammy Award for outstanding achievement in the Music Industry.
1. Ustad Zaakir Hussain
You may have seen him in tea commercials, but he has a reasonably bright background story. A prolific tabla player started his training at a tender age under the guidance of his father, Allah Rakha. His father was already one of the most famous tabla players in India. His tour life began even before his teenage, and it was in 1992 he was awarded a Grammy for the Best World Music Album.
What were you doing in your teens?
2. TH Vinayakram
Vikku Vinayakram may not be the most famous artist in India, given his rather unique musical expression through the “Ghatam.” What is Ghatam? It is an earthen pot that is used as a percussion instrument. A master of his art, TH Vinayakam, was a part of the Planet Drum team along with Mikey Hart. In 1991 he won a Grammy in the World Music Category for the Best Album. The award marked him as the only South Indian trained in Carnatic music to receive an award, let alone a Grammy.
A complete Legend!!
3. Late Pandit Ravi Shankar
At number three, we have someone who bagged not one or two but three Grammy’s in his lifetime!! Possibly the best sitar player the world has ever witnessed, Pandit Ravi Shankar is why Indian classical music received recognition in the global landscape of western popular music. No doubt that his daughter Anoushka Shankar is one of the best sitar players today.
Technically he has 4 Grammy’s to his name if we are to count the lifetime achievement award that he was acclaimed with posthumously.
4. Late H.Sridhar
A technical genius on every front. A mathematics graduate, a musician, and an engineer. H Sridhar won the Grammy Award in 2010 for the Best Sound Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture.
The movie he won for was none other than “Slumdog Millionaire.” He was the sound engineer who worked closely with AR Rahman on the legendary movie album to bring every sound to life.
Other names he has worked with? The Beatles, Pandit Ravi Shankar, John Mclaughlin, Zakir Hussain, and many other legends.
5. AR Rahman
A living legend and one of the most sought-after artists on the planet. AR Rahman bagged 2 Grammy Awards for the Best Song Written for Visual Media (Jai Ho) and the Best Compilation Soundtrack Album (Slumdog Millionaire).
Working under the guidance of another legend, “Illaiyaraaja,” Rahman has grown to tremendous heights in the music industry, and his creative genius is acclaimed the world over.
Though there are more names that deserve attention and should fill every Indian’s heart with pride and joy, these special five have reached heights that is tough to scale and sets the benchmark for musicians as well as non-musicians in our country.