At 66th Grammy Awards 2024, Los Angeles, the Indian tabla player, composer and music producer Ustad Zakir Hussain wins three Grammy awards and create a history in Indian music industry. He received these awards in multiple categories Best Global Music Performance, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album and Best Global Music Album. Zakir won these awards with his team including Rakesh Chaurasia, Shankar Mahadevan, Béla Fleck, and Edgar Meyer.
Zakir Hussain also won two Grammy awards in previous years once in 1992 and 2009. Hussain now has five of these accolades overall, matching the records held by the late master conductor Zubin Mehta and sitarist Ravi Shankar, who are all ranked first among Indians with the most Grammy wins.
For their most recent album, "This Moment," musicians Shankar Mahadevan and Zakir Hussain's fusion group Shakti wins the Grammy Award for Best Global Music Album. In addition, the group includes violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan, percussionist V Selvaganesh, and guitarist John McLaughlin.
Prime Minister Narnedra Modi congratulated to Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, Rakesh Chaurasia, Ganesh Rajagopalan and V. Selvaganesh on his X handle.
Hussain said, "We are grateful to the academy and all of these amazing musicians for creating such exquisite, well-rehearsed music with us. I appreciate you all,"
Three Grammy Awards:
1. Hussain's first Grammy award is Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for 'As We Speak' album alongside Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Rakesh Chaurasia
2. Hussain's second Grammy award Best Global Music Performance for 'Pashto' – written and recorded in collaboration with American banjo player Béla Fleck, American bassist Edgar Meyer and Indian flautist Rakesh Chaurasia.
3. Hussain's third Grammy award for Best Instrumental Composition - 'Motion' alongside Edgar Meyer, Béla Fleck, and Rakesh Chaurasia