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Grammy award-winning musician Sandeep Das: My story is similar to that of the girls in Dangal

Grammy award-winning musician Sandeep Das says his journey is similar to that of wrestlers Geeta and Babita Phogat.

music Updated: Oct 09, 2017 16:42 IST
Samarth Goyal
Samarth Goyal
Hindustan Times
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Composer and tabla player Sandeep Das will perform in Delhi , Kolkota and Mumbai in December.

Grammy award-winning composer and table player Sandeep Das is pretty proud of his career so far. The 46-year-old, who won the Grammy award for Best World Music Album at the 59th Grammy Awards, this year, compares his journey to that of wrestlers Geeta and Babita Phogat.

“ My story is very similar to that of the two girls they show in Aamir Khan’s Dangal. Just like them, I too, came from a small city (Patna), didn’t have a godfather, and was born in a middle class family. But the passion, just like the girls had in the films, I had, and I still have the same passion for creating music, and I am quite happy with what I have achieved in my career so far,” says Das, who will be performing in India for the very first time after winning the Grammy as a part of three city tour in Delhi ( Dec 13), Kolkota (Dec 14) and Mumbai (Dec 17).

“ The feeling of coming back home and performing goes beyond words. I just wanted to get back to the country and perform in front of people who love what I do,” he says.

Right after winning the Grammy, in February, the musician was heavily slammed by his industry colleagues for his comments, in which he lamented not winning a Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar, yet, and not getting enough recognition in his native country. However, Sandeep says his comments were taken out of context, and he doesn’t “yearn” for any kind of awards.

“Those comments were taken out of context. I mean if you win an Oscar, will you ask people where is my Filmfare award?” he jokes, before adding , “ But seriously though, I never make music, or play music to win awards. I have a passion for it, and that’s why I follow it. All I said was that, I never got recognised in my country, until I won the Grammy award,” he says.

“ It’s a true thing. The moment some foreigner praises an artist, the whole country starts praising you. I think the effects of the imperial rule are somehow deep within us. As a society we need to be proud as Indians, and not wait for outsiders to give us some sort of validation” he adds.

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First Published: Oct 09, 2017 16:42 IST