I don’t see myself winning Grammy: Ustad Zakir Hussain

Published - January 29, 2010 01:57 pm IST - Mumbai

Ustad Zakir Hussain on Table performing at Music Academy. Photo: K. Pichumani.

Ustad Zakir Hussain on Table performing at Music Academy. Photo: K. Pichumani.

Tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain has said that Grammy nominations for three Indians including himself is a proof that the world is recognising Indian art but the veteran is not too sure of himself grabbing a trophy.

“Three Indian representations for Grammy nominations is incredible and something that has never happened before,” Mr. Zakir told PTI.

But, he feels Ustad Amjad Ali Khan who has been nominated in the best traditional world music category for “Ancient Sounds” made in collaboration with Iraqi Oud Soloist Rahim Alhaj has a good chance of winning.

“Even A. R. Rahman has a decent chance. But, I don’t see myself winning,” he said.

Ustad Zakir Hussain has been nominated for the 52nd Grammy award in the Best Classical Crossover album category for the album ‘The Melody of Rhythm’.

The album consists of artists like Leonard Slatkin, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer apart from Mr. Hussain.

The Tabla icon said the album has an element of western classical, American folk music and Indian music. It is for the first time that an Indian musician has been nominated in this category.

“I don’t see me winning because this category has three of the most popular albums in the western classical category and feature three greatest western classical musicians. We are the outsiders and it will be difficult to breach that aspect.

However, it has been an incredible honour just to be nominated,” he said.

“Awards for me are confirmation by colleagues and peers what you are doing is good and you have to go further,” he said.

In 2009 also, Mr. Hussain had won the Grammy for the Contemporary World Music Album category for his collaborative album ‘Global Drum Project’ along with Mickey Hart, Sikiru Adepoju and Giovanni Hidalgo.

Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Oscar-winning composer A. R. Rahman are the two other artistes from India to have bagged the nominations for Grammy awards, known as the Oscars of music industry.

The 52nd Grammy awards will be presented on January 31, 2010 at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

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