Bickram Ghosh says PM Modi's 2024 Grammys nominations prove 'India is a global power' – exclusive
Tabla virtuoso Bickram Ghosh is no stranger to the world of music. The son of the legendary Pandit Shankar Ghosh, his illustrious career included working with maestros like Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar. Ghosh's musical journey also ended with an Oscar nomination for his original music in the film JAL. Notably, he has contributed to four Grammy-nominated albums and played a key role in the Grammy-winning album Full Circle (2002) alongside maestro Ravi Shankar. Now, Bickram Ghosh has shared his thoughts on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Grammy nomination.
Bickram Ghosh says PM Modi'S Grammys 2024 Nominations are a reason to celebrate
It goes without saying that Bickram Ghosh is well versed in the workings of the Recording Academy. Ghosh is busy promoting his latest album Glorious India – which, as the name suggests, is an instrumental ode to the complex beauty of the subcontinent – and believes Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 2024 Grammy nomination for Abundance in Millets (which received a nomination in the “Best Global” category) will not hurt (the “Musical Performance” category) is not only a reason for celebration, but also a very historically significant moment. The tabla maestro highlights the cultural and musical significance associated with honoring the Prime Minister on this prestigious platform.
Grammy nomination also means…
In an exclusive interaction on Zoom, when asked about the significance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nomination for the 2024 Grammy, Ghosh said, “I would say why not. I mean, if there’s a nomination, it means other things too.”
“This means India is on the Grammy radar,” he stressed, adding, “India is now a world power, India is important to the rest of the world.” And these are signs that India is important.”
According to Ghosh, it means a lot if the Prime Minister is on the nomination list. “If you put the Prime Minister on a nomination list, that means it is news, and big news. It means it has value somewhere and that India matters. You cannot look away from India now. Even our prime minister has a Grammy nomination,” he said.
Ghosh stated that the news was both “important” and “good” and emphasized that the “Recording Academy is looking to India”.
“This is a good time to work from India and create a sound that will be presented for the Grammys – something that is internationally relevant,” concluded Bickram Ghosh.
About the abundance of millet
It was created by Falu & Gaurav Shah in the Best Global Music Performance category at Grammy 2024 and competes with Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer & Shahzad Ismaily – Shadow Forces, Burna Boy – Alone, Davido – Feel, Silvana Estrada – Milagro Y Disastre , Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer & Zakir Hussain ft. Rakesh Chaurasia – Pashto. Ibrahim Maalouf ft. Cimafunk & Tank and the Bangas – Todo Colores. The song features snippets of quotes from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who talks about adapting millets as a part of the Indian lifestyle and how this will benefit the country's farmers.
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