One of the most celebrated nights in Hollywood is arguably the Grammys. The 65th Grammy happened last night in Los Angeles, California. Beyonce to Cardi B, Taylor Swift to Harry Styles rocked the carpet with ensemble looks. Founder of Berklee Indian Ensemble – a teaching program at Berklee College of Music US, Annette Philip’s ‘Shuruaat’, nominated for Best Global Music Album at the 65th Grammy Awards, features 98 musicians and a celebration of Indian music, but a very global Indian sound.
Most would recall the Berklee Indian Ensemble for their rendition of AR Rahman’s Jiya Jale (Dil Se..) The renowned genre-bending global music collective has been nominated for its first Grammy Award this year for Shuruaat featuring 98 musicians, including Shankar Mahadevan, Ustad Zakir Hussain, the band Shakti, Shreya Ghoshal, Vijay Prakash , Armeen Musa, Sharon Renold, Dhruv Goel, Sashank Navaladi, and the Delhi-based duo Shadow and Light (Pavithra Chari and Anindo Bose).
Others in their Grammy category include Anoushka Shankar, Metropole Orkest and Jules Buckley, featuring Manu Delago (Between Us), Masa Takumi (Sakura), Burna Boy (Love, Damini), Angélique Kidjo and Ibrahim Maalouf (Queen of Sheba).featuring Manu Delago (Between Us), Masa Takumi (Sakura), Burna Boy (Love, Damini), Angélique Kidjo and Ibrahim Maalouf (Queen of Sheba).
Talking about the nomination “It’s like you have a dream for years and years and then you work towards it. It’s very surreal. It’s an 11-year journey, it took two-and-a-half years, but the process of getting to this was from 2011. And, right from the beginning, there were two questions, What if? and Why not? And that was even how the Ensemble got formed, and here we are, on a global scale, the highest musical recognition that one can get. Let’s keep in mind that thousands and thousands of people submit for Grammy consideration every year, so, to be part of the top five in that category is really such an honour”.
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While talking about the nomination, she also said about her outfit that, “ This is a traditional Kanjivaram saree from India. So, it is created by weavers in our country. I am happy to represent my country and my culture.” She completed her look with a red Bindi and golden choker set.