News 18: Rising Bharat Summit 2024: Shankar Mahadevan Says Grammy-Winning Album Was Composed On ‘Remote Control’

Shreyanka Mazumdar writes:

The fourth edition of the CNN-News18 marquee leadership conclave — Rising Bharat Summit 2024 — is being held in New Delhi on March 19-20. The Summit will witness Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivering his keynote address to our viewers. Several prominent names from the field of politics, arts, corporate world, entertainment and sports will also participate in the event.

The Summit will provide a platform to explore and celebrate India’s remarkable transformative journey over the years, while also acknowledging the immense potential that lies ahead. On Day 1 of the summit, Singer and composer Shankar Mahadevan, flautist Rakesh Chaurasia, percussionist

V. Selvaganesh and violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan spoke about their Grammy-winning album.

India won big at the Grammys this year as Shankar Mahadevan and Zakir Hussain’s band Shakti bagged the Best Global Music Album award for ‘This Moment’. The group also features guitarist John McLaughlin, percussionist V Selvaganesh and violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan. Shankar Mahadevan also won the Music Legend Award for his outstanding contribution to music at the News18 Showsha Reel awards 2024.

Opening up on how the album fell into place, Shankar Mahadevan said, “The way the album happened was very amazing. It all happened during the peak of Covid. We are so much used to touring and doing 20 concerts in 30 days all over America and all over Europe that we were getting withdrawal symptoms. So, we we thought we have to do an album. And nobody could move out of the house because of Covid. So the way this album happened was completely remote control. Zakir Bhai was from San Francisco, Selva-Ganesh from Chennai and Seattle, John ji was from Monaco and I was from Mumbai. We were going up and down on the server, bars were being exchanged, comments, emails and mixes too. What a process it was! But when we heard it, we said we’ve cracked something.”