Singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan recently returned to India on February 8 after triumphantly winning the Best Global Music Album award at the 2024 Grammys in Los Angeles alongside tabla maestro Zakir Hussain’s fusion band Shakti. The talented musician received a grand welcome at the airport with flowers and chocolates, bringing his emotional journey full circle.
Overwhelmed with joy, Shankar Mahadevan expressed his gratitude for the warm reception and was thrilled to reunite with his loved ones at the airport. He embraced them warmly and graciously posed for paparazzi, proudly sporting a sweatshirt bearing his band’s name while giving a heartfelt shoutout to his bandmates.
During a media interaction at the airport, Shankar Mahadevan shared, “Well, what can I say? This is a very, very special moment for me and all of my band members. For me, it’s a dream come true. After touring for 25 years, here we got the Grammys.”
Shankar’s Instagram Post
Following his Grammy win, Shankar Mahadevan took to Instagram to share his first photo with the award and express his overwhelming emotions. He wrote, “WE DID IT. I never imagined that a band from where I have learnt my music and my musical aesthetics would be the band with whom I would eventually perform and win a Grammy. This is the moment from which I can easily say that dreams do come true. Shakti was a dream which came true! Thank you Almighty for making this happen! It’s truly THIS MOMENT.”
At the 2024 Grammys, Shakti clinched the victory for their album “This Moment,” released the previous year. Competing against renowned artists such as Susana Baca, Bokante, Burna Boy, and Davido, the band emerged as the victors. Shakti comprises guitarist John McLaughlin, percussionist V Selvaganesh, and violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan.
Shankar’s Acceptance Speech
In his moving acceptance speech, Shankar expressed his gratitude, saying, “Thank you boys. Thank you God, family, friends and India. India, we are proud of you.” A special mention was made for his wife when he dedicated the award to her, stating, “Last but not the least, I would like to dedicate this award to my wife whom every note of my music is dedicated to.”
What award did Shankar Mahadevan win at the 2024 Grammys?
Shankar Mahadevan won the Best Global Music Album award at the 2024 Grammys as part of tabla maestro Zakir Hussain’s fusion band Shakti.
Who are the members of the band Shakti?
The band Shakti comprises guitarist John McLaughlin, percussionist V Selvaganesh, and violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan, in addition to Shankar Mahadevan and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain.
What was the name of the award-winning album by Shakti?
The award-winning album by Shakti was titled “This Moment,” released the previous year.
Shankar Mahadevan’s triumphant return to Mumbai after his Grammy win was an emotional and celebratory moment for the accomplished musician. His dedication, passion, and musical talents have not only earned him personal success but have also brought honor to the Indian music industry. The warm welcome and heartfelt celebration at the airport bear testimony to the love and admiration that the country holds for him. We congratulate Shankar Mahadevan and the entire band Shakti on their remarkable achievement and look forward to witnessing more groundbreaking performances and musical endeavors from them in the future.