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Tabla Player Sandeep Das Wins Grammy as Part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Ensemble

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.

Sandeep Das. Credit: Youtube

Sandeep Das. Credit: Youtube

Los Angeles: Indian tabla player Sandeep Das won a Grammy as part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble ‘Sing Me Home‘, which won in the World Music category. Anoushka Shankar was also nominated in the category for ‘Land of Gold’.

It was sixth time unlucky for Shankar, who is yet to register a win despite multiple nominations in the category over the years.

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.

Apart from Ma and Das, musicians on the album include the New York-based Syrian clarinet player Kinan Azmeh, who was recently stranded overseas when US President Donald Trump imposed a ban on travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Azmeh returned to the country after a court rejected Trump’s travel ban order.

Das, who was dressed in a red kurta, said that the ensemble sent a powerful message of unity and respect for each other’s cultures.

“When things like this happen, it impacts us directly because a lot of us come from a lot of those countries,” Das told reporters after accepting the award.

“In the current situation, I think we’ll keep playing more music and sharing more love.”

Shankar’s ‘Land of Gold’, which is about the global refugee crisis, was also nominated in the World Music category.

Shankar, the daughter of famous sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, received her first ever Grammy nomination at the age of 20 but she is yet to bag an award despite multiple nominations.

Her late father won two individual Grammys as well as two in collaborations.