Without harmony, we are nothing: Zakir Hussain wins 3 Grammy award
Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain creates history at the Grammy Awards, winning three trophies in a single night.
The 72-year-old legend secures victories in the Best Global Music Performance, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, and Best Global Music Album categories.
This achievement makes Hussain the first Indian artist to claim three Grammy Awards in a single ceremony.
With these wins, Zakir Hussain's total Grammy count reaches five, putting him in the league of Ravi Shankar and Zubin Mehta.
The acclaimed musician expressed gratitude to the academy and fellow musicians for their contribution to the captivating music.
The Best Global Music Performance award comes for the collaborative piece "Pashto," paying homage to Indian classical traditions.
Hussain's second Grammy of the night is for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, shared with collaborators for the classical-meets-jazz album, "As We Speak."
The third win in the Best Global Music Album category is for the critically acclaimed comeback of the world-fusion band Shakti with "This Moment."
Shakti, reuniting in 2020, includes founding members Hussain and John McLaughlin, along with Shankar Mahadevan, V Selvaganesh, and Ganesh Rajagopalan.
In a joyous acceptance speech, Mahadevan dedicates the award to his wife and expresses pride in India.
Zakir Hussain's latest Grammy victory puts him in a rare club of artists winning the award three times, matching international recognition for his contributions.
Despite other Indian nominees not securing wins, the night marks another milestone in the growing global recognition of Indian music.