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Indian musicians on song
AR Rahman bags coveted BAFTA award,
Zakir Hussain wins much-prized Grammy

London/Los Angeles, February 9
With acclaimed composer AR Rahman and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain today winning top honours at the BAFTA and Grammy awards, respectively, the Indian music has truly arrived on the world stage.

It has been a remarkable journey for Chennai-born Rahman, who has floored the international audience with his composition “Jai ho” from Slumdog Millionaire.

While Rahman continued to enthrall the international audience with “Jai Ho”, Ustad Zakir Hussain today bagged the prestigious Grammy trophy for best contemporary world music album with Mickey Hart of the rock band ‘Grateful Dead’, Nigerian percussionist Sikiru Adepoju and Puerto Rican jazz percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo for the album “Global Drum Project”.

This is not the first Grammy that the 57-year-old tabla maestro has pocketed. In 1992, Planet Drum, an album co-created and produced by Zakir and Mickey Hart, was awarded the first-ever Grammy for best world music album.

Two other Indians — guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya and classical vocalist Lakshmi Shankar — were also nominated at the Grammys but lost out in the Best Traditional World Music category.

‘Slumdog’ rules the show

Slumdog Millionaire swept seven BAFTA awards, including the Best Music Score for Indian composer AR Rahman, and the Best Film at the prestigious award function here.

The Danny Boyle-directed film was nominated under 11 categories and won seven, including the Best Director for Danny Boyle, Best Adapted Screenplay for Simon Beaufoy and Best Sound Editing for Indian sound technician Resul Pookutty at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

“It’s getting better and better and let's hope for the biggest one — the Oscars,” said Rahman after winning the award.

British-Indian Dev Patel and Indian actress Frieda Pinto were also nominated for the Best Actor category and Best Supporting Actress but lost to actor Mickey and actress Penelope Cruz, respectively. — PTI

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