“AR Rahman, Zakir Hussain, and Shankar Mahadevan’s Selfie: A Triumph for India at the Grammys”

Renowned Indian music composer and previous Grammy recipient, Ricky Kej, also extended his congratulations to the trio on social media.

In a significant victory for India, percussionist Zakir Hussain’s renowned supergroup Shakti, featuring singer Shankar Mahadevan, V Selvaganesh, and violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan, clinched the Best Global Music Album award for “This Moment.” Following the prestigious ceremony, AR Rahman, a stalwart of the music industry, shared a celebratory selfie with the Shakti band members, extending his heartfelt congratulations on their remarkable achievement. Rahman’s caption, “It’s raining Grammys for India… Congrats Grammy winners #ustadzakirhussain (3 Grammys) @shankar.mahadevan (first Grammy) @selvaganesh,” echoed the nation’s pride in their success. Notably, Zakir Hussain and flautist Rakesh Chaurasia were also honored with the Grammy award for Best Global Music Performance for their track “Pashto,” from the album “As We Speak,” which secured the additional accolade for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

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Now, take a look at AR Rahman’s post:

Indian music composer and former Grammy winner Ricky Kej joined in the celebration by sharing a video of the band’s acceptance speech at the Grammys. Taking to his X account, Kej expressed his jubilation, stating, “SHAKTI wins a Grammy!!! Through this album, four brilliant Indian musicians clinch Grammys!! Just incredible. India is shining brightly in every direction. Congratulations to Shankar Mahadevan, V Selvaganesh Vinayakram, Ganesh Rajagopalan, and Ustad Zakir Hussain. Additionally, Ustad Zakir Hussain secured his second Grammy alongside virtuoso flute player Rakesh Chaurasia. Absolutely brilliant!!!! #IndiaWinsGrammys.”


In 2010, AR Rahman secured two Grammy Awards: one for Best Compilation Soundtrack for a Motion Picture (for Slumdog Millionaire) and another for Best Motion Picture Song (for Jai Ho). Additionally, he received the Padma Bhushan that year, recognizing his significant contributions to Indian music and cinema.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 04: Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Recording Academy Tammy Hurt (2nd from L), poses with Zakir Hussain, V. Selvaganesh, Ganesh Rajagopalan, and Shankar Mahadevan of Shakti, winners of the “Global Music Album” award for “This Moment”, pose in the pressroom at the 66th GRAMMY Awards at Peacock Theater on February 04, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy/AFP (Photo by Emma McIntyre / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

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