The talented daughter of Late Ravi Shankar and Sitarist Anoushka Shankar, 34, has been nominated in the Best World Music Album category for her solo album ‘Home’. Ms. Shankar released the album as homage to her father, connecting her back to her roots. Home features two ragas, one of which is a creation of her father. This is her fifth nomination in the same category and it is to be seen if she breaks the spell this time.
“Other people nominated alongside me are legends. I have been nominated against most of them multiple times and I have lost against them at least twice”, says the musician. The sitarist, who is the mother of two, says she is happy that a pure Indian classical album is getting a worldwide recognition. “It’s for an album which is special to me. It pays an homage to my late father. I really appreciate that it’s a pure classical album and it is getting recognised. I really feel happy about it. My first album was of this kind only. Albums nominated in this category are generally crossover or fusion”.
The 2016 Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The list of the nominees announced has a few Indian origin artists competing in various categories.
Indo-British director Asif Kapadia features in the nominees list of Best Music Film category for Amy, his documentary on late singer Amy Winehouse. Amy Winehouse's glorious rise and heartbreaking fall is movingly documented by the director.
Indian-origin musician Jeff Bhasker features in the top category, Record of the Year, for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk. His other nomination is in the Producer of the Year, in the Non-Classical category.
The Afro Latin Jazz Suite in the Best Instrumental Composition category has garnered a nod to another Indian-origin Rudresh Mahanthappa. He and fellow artistes will be competing with another Indian origin talent, composer David Balkrishnan (Confetti Man) in the same section.
The Indian origin musicians traditionally had a tough luck when it comes to Grammy.