Tabla Rasa

India Today - - LEISURE - —with S. Sa­haya Ran­jit

In­dian tabla player San­deep Das won a Grammy in the world mu­sic cat­e­gory for his col­lab­o­ra­tion with renowned Chi­nese-Amer­i­can cel­list Yo-Yo Ma, ti­tled ‘Sing Me Home’. The en­sem­ble al­bum edged out en­tries by Celtic Woman, Lady­smith Black Mam­bazo, Cae­tano Veloso and Gil­berto Gil and In­dian sitarist Anoushka Shankar.

This was your third nom­i­na­tion. Was it third time lucky?

Luck, God’s grace and bless­ings from my gu­rus—Pt Shiv Ku­mar Singh and Pt Kis­han Ma­haraj. I come from a fam­ily with no mu­si­cal lin­eage, so it was a strug­gle and a long jour­ney—from Bi­har to Ba­naras to Delhi to Bos­ton.

How was this al­bum dif­fer­ent from other In­dian col­lab­o­ra­tions?

In In­dia, it is more ca­coph­ony in the name of fu­sion. While col­lab­o­rat­ing, you need to in­vest in each other to un­der­stand each other’s mu­sic and finer sen­si­bil­i­ties.

What is it like to make mu­sic in the time of Trump?

Mu­sic should be iso­lated from pol­i­tics. The ob­jec­tive of mu­sic is to give peace and hap­pi­ness.

“I come from a fam­ily with no mu­si­cal lin­eage, so it was a jour­ney—from Bi­har to Ba­naras to Delhi to Bos­ton”

SAN­DEEP DAS (IN RED)

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