Mint: ‘Final word in rhythm is Ustad Zakir Hussain’: Shankar Mahadevan hails tabla maestro after Grammy win

Shankar Mahadevan has returned to India, brimming with joy after his Grammy win. His fusion band Shakti, also featuring tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain, clinched the Best Global Music Album at the Grammys 2024.

When he was asked about a special moment with the legendary tabla player, he took a moment to choose the right words and said, “The final word in rhythm, according to me, is Ustad Zakir Hussain. There’s nobody like him. There’s nobody who can be like him. He’s a guru. He’s a mentor. He stood by me like a friend, philosopher and guide. He’s guided me all round. I’ve not only learnt music from him but learnt a lot of other things as well.”

Mahadevan, regarded as one of the finest musicians in the country at the moment, reflected on the band’s long journey. He mentioned that, before becoming a part of the band, he used to listen to it and learn from it for 20 years.

“This is a very special moment for me and my band members…for me it’s a dream come true… After touring for 25 years we got this Grammy,” ANI quoted him as saying.

Ustad Zakir Hussain earlier posted on Instagram to express his emotion as the 72-year-old who, along with the Best Global Music Album award, also won the Best Global Music Performance and the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at the 66th Grammy Awards.

“I am overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of love, affection and blessings for my multiple Grammy wins. It is impossible for me to individually respond to all of you but be assured that you are all in my heart and I’m bowing to each and every one of you in thanks. It was a great day for India at the Grammys and I’m proud to be caring the national flag.”

Mahadevan earlier took to Instagram to share his picture with the prestigious award. He wrote, “WE DID IT. I never imagined that a band from where I have learnt my music and my musical aesthetics would be the band with whom I would eventually perform and win a Grammy. This is the moment from which i can easily say that dreams do come true. Shakti was a dream which came true! thank you Almighty for making this happen! It’s truly “THIS MOMENT”.”

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