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Grammys 2019: Three Indian-origin musicians in race for the coveted award

Indian Singer Falguni Shah. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 04, 2019, 08.02 PM (IST)

With only a week left for Grammy Awards 2019, it’s a good year for India as three Indian-origin musicians find themselves in the nominations list. 

Falguni Shah, Prashant Mistry and Snatam Kaur Khalsa have made it to the list in different categories at the awards. While Snatam performs new age Indian devotional music, kirtan, and tours the world as a peace activist; Falguni is competing in the Best Children's Album category.

Speaking to Mid-Day, Snatam said, "For Beloved, I spent a good amount of time developing the pieces because I wanted each to be one that people could connect with, listen to and chant along to. In the Sikh tradition, there's a reference to (a principle called) call of response. It's not about one person's performance. There's a community response [that's required]. So, in this album, [I've kept] enough space for people to sing and chant.”

Falguni is competing for her album Falu's Bazaar that is packed with Indian flavours, like the track Masala (where she decodes Indian spices for her son), or a Gujarati lullaby crooned by her mother.

The third musician, Prashant Mistry is a London-based singer who is nominated in the Best Immersive Audio Album category. He describes it as "a call to empathy in times when powerful forces are trying their best to drive us apart." 

The 61st Grammy Awards will be held on February 10.