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”