Tabla was taught as a way of life: Grammy winner San­deep Das

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He brought In­dia into the lime­light on the global mu­sic stage by bag­ging the pres­ti­gious Grammy award — and San­deep Das cred­its the guru-shishya param­para for how it shaped his life. Even after a long stint in the US and per­form­ing abroad, Das main­tains that “you can take the In­dian out of In­dia, but not In­dia out of an In­dian” and is all set to per­form in three cities in the coun­try — start­ing off with Delhi, then Kolkata and fi­nally Mum­bai.

So, what made him re­turn to the coun­try to per­form, after so many years? “You can take the In­dian out of In­dia, but not In­dia out of an In­dian. You can achieve al­most ev­ery­thing that is pos­si­ble as an artist but the urge to play in your own coun­try, in front of your coun­try­men, is al­ways very spe­cial,” Das re­sponded.

For him, the in­stru­ment that he plays — the tabla — has be­come an in­sep­a­ra­ble part of his life and is “a way of life”. “Un­der the tute­lage of my guru and tabla mae­stro, Pan­dit Kis­han Ma­haraj, I learned the value of dis­ci­pline, hard work and re­spect, which are the virtues that help me to­day to con­nect to the world in many ways than just play­ing an in­stru­ment,” the 46-year-old tabla mae­stro said.

Das won the Best World Mu­sic Al­bum at the 59th Grammy Awards this year for The Silk Road En­sem­ble — Sing Me Home with Amer­i­can-French cel­list Yo-Yo Ma. “Mu­sic, like most other things, is same when you try to un­der­stand oth­ers’ per­spec­tive and then you find com­mon ground,” he said.

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