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Shankar Mahadevan Reacts to His First-Ever Grammy Win, Says He “Completely Swooned When…”

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Shankar Mahadevan says he completely passed out at the Crypto.Com Auditorium in Los Angeles when his band Shakti’s “This Moment” was announced as the winner for Best Global Music Album.

Shankar Mahadevan says he completely passed out at Crypto.Com Auditorium in Los Angeles when his band Shakti’s “This Moment” was announced as the winner for Best Global Music Album and he won his first Grammy .

Winning a Grammy Award for Indian music is a matter of privilege, he said a week after the global music event that saw five Indians win the coveted prize this year. “These kinds of feelings cannot be described in words because it is a matter of honor and privilege.

“The Grammys stage is the epitome of recognition of world music. I was very happy and blessed to be a part of this recognition and the fact that Indian music was appreciated around the world. It is a great feeling. I would like to thank God for giving me this opportunity,” the singer told PTI in an interview. Shakti also includes founding member, guitarist John McLaughlin, tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan and percussionist Selvaganesh Vinayakram.

“You completely faint when the name is announced. You have to go through that whole passage and get on stage,” said Mahadevan, a member of the music composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. But it’s a feeling of relief, because the tension of waiting for the award to be announced, even at a small school awards ceremony, “kills you,” he said.

“And here (at the Grammys), there are all kinds of mixed feelings. As the awards show goes on, you analyze: ‘It’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. Oh maybe, maybe not! ” It’s crazy. But it was a feeling of absolute elation and joy. We were just celebrating from the start,” he added.

It’s also a pure coincidence that Mahadevan’s Grammy award and his authorized biography “The Musical Maverick” were released on the same day, February 5. The book is written by Ashis Ghatak and published by Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd.

“I was so happy that these two dates merged and the hard work of my dear friend Ashis Ghatak finally saw the light of day… It was totally unplanned, undecided but it happened,” he said declared.

Ghatak, who also wrote the biography of Indian jazz legend Louis Banks, contacted Mahadevan, 56, for the book during the pandemic around 2021. The singer-songwriter said he was touched by the simplicity and passion of the author, which he witnessed at the launch of the Bank’s biography.

“Ashis is no nonsense, no nonsense. I like those kinds of people, he really touched my heart. When he asked me, ‘Can I write a book or a biography about you?’ I told him “Yeah, if you feel like I’m worthy, please go for it”… The way he started taking details about my life and the people around me .. He worked with passion, patiently. There are very few people who love him,” said the Mumbai-based musician.

Veteran lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar, a frequent collaborator of Mahadevan since the hit indie-pop album “Breathless,” wrote the foreword for the biography. In the excerpt, Akhtar fondly recounts his first meeting with “the musical genius” around 1998 and how he has continued to surprise him over the 30 years they have known each other.

Mahadevan said he was “pretty lucky” to come in contact with a maestro like Akhtar. Together, they created memorable soundtracks in films such as Akhtar’s children’s debut films: Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Luck By Chance’ as well as ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ and ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.”

“Javed ji is very important. He has always been by my side in the industry as a pillar of strength, support and guidance with his vast experience. He is someone I can always count on… I can stand on his shoulders and do whatever I want. His support is always there for me,” Mahadevan said. The entire industry, he said, respects Akhtar.

“So I have this feeling of pride that ‘Oh, I know this man who is so respected and he loves me too’. Not only me, he has affection for my family, my wife and my children, that cannot be described in words. We share an incredible bond.” According to Mahadevan, his biography is “a true life story of a simple middle-class musician”.

“It’s hard to be sincere, whether it’s your music, your work, or just the way you live. Sincerity is the strength of this book. I don’t know how many people would be interested in know about my life because I don’t know how important or exciting it is.

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“If you like my music, if you’re curious about anything (about me), it’s there in the book. It’s about my beautiful family, my friends, my gurus, my lifestyle , it’s all there. People who would like to know I would read it a little more about myself,” he said.

Next up for the musician will be several feature films, a few OTT projects and lots of activities with the Shankar Mahadevan Academy, his eponymous music school. “There are a lot of international collaborations planned, especially after the Grammy Awards… You learn a lot of things. These are possibilities that you can venture into and share with the world,” Mahadevan said.

News Source : www.dnaindia.com
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