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Anoushka, Asha Bhonsle India's hope

Both Anoushka Shankar and the legendary playback singer Asha Bhonsle have been nominated in the World Music category.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2006 19:00 IST

Three cheers or should we say four for Indian music at the Grammy Awards this year? We all know that Anoushka Shankar, Asha Bhonsle and the Buddhist monk Ngawang Tashi Bapu have been nominated for the Grammys this year. And though no one seems to be talking about it, Bollywood's popular music director duo Kalyanji-Anandji also figure in the Grammy list.

Anoushka has won a nomination for the second time. She has been shortlisted for her album Rise in the Contemporary World Music category. Earlier, she had been nominated in the year 2003. Though she did not win the Grammy her half-sister Norah Jones bagged 7 Grammys that year.

The evergreen singer Asha Bhonsle has also been nominated a second time at the Grammys. She has been voted for her album for her album with Kronos Quartet, You’ve Stolen My Heart: Songs From RD Burman’s Bollywood in the Best Contemporary World Music Album. Bhonsle had earlier been nominated for her album Legacy, along with Ustad Ali Akbar

As for the mystery of the Kalyanji-Anandji nomination, here is how they have made it.The band, The Black-Eyed Peas, have been nominated for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for their song Don’t Phunk with my heart... from the album, Monkey Business. The track puts together two compositions of Kalyanji-Anandji, sung by Asha Bhonsle - Yeh mera dil pyar kadiwana from the filmDon and Ae naujawaan hai sab kuchh yahaan from thefilmApradh!

Nothing illegal about this as the group has formally acquired the rights to create their track using the Kalyanji-Anandji compositions. For those who have not heard the catchy number, the track begins with opening musical bars of the Don chartbuster. The rest of the song follows the entire structure of the song from the film, Apradh.

Coming to monk Ngawang Tashi Bapu, he hasmade it to the Grammys with his album Tibetan Master Chants, in the Best Traditional World Music category.

Earlier, Pt Ravi Shanker had bagged the Grammy in 1997 for his album, Concert for Bangla Desh. The album was a collaboration of more than 8 other artistes. His disciple Vishwa Mohan Bhatt also won the Grammy in 1994. Bhatt was also nominated in 1997.

First Published: Feb 08, 2006 12:57 IST