Art is perhaps the most distilled expression of a culture. The world is so intricately interconnected that cultural isolation is next to impossible. The best of any art form, transcends its cultural matrix and speaks directly to our common humanity, which is why Indian music has been celebrated globally across generations. And by the looks of it, the horizons are only expanding!
A Grammy Winner is born
India boasts of legendary musicians like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and A.R Rahman, who have gone on to win the prestigious Grammy Awards. Say hello to Abhiman Kaushal. The latest musician to join the illustrious league of Grammy winners.
Kaushal, a tabla exponent, is renowned for his command over traditional and modern rhythmic compositions and also for the vivid tone he elicits from the instrument.
To be nominated alongside world class musicians for a Grammy is one thing, but to win is a magnificent feat altogether! California-based, Hyderabad-born Kaushal’s work on the album, White Sun II, won this year’s Grammy award for Best New Age Album. Featuring Kaushal alongside kora player, Mamadou Diabate and violinist Gabe Witcher, the hit album was conceptualized by the band White Sun, who are highly influenced by the Sikh hymns.
Music – his raison d’être
Kaushal was born to tabla player R.B. Kaushal and Kuchipudi dancer Sumathy Kaushal. After being initiated and trained in table by his father, he went on to become the disciple of acclaimed Hyderabadi maestro, Ustad Shaik Dawood Khan. Currently he is the Director of North Indian Music in the Department of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles and Riverside.
Collaborating with the Maestros
Sought after for his intense solo playing, Kaushal has provided sensitive accompaniment to leading musicians, singer and classical dancers, winning rave reviews and recognition individually. During his career, he has extensively toured the world, with the likes of Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Zakir Hussain and collaborated with diverse artists including French flautist Jean-Pierre Ramphal, the Mexican Symphony Orchestra, Malian musician, arranger and composer Cheick Tidiane Seck to name a few.
Team StageCulture congratulates Abhiman Kaushal for making India proud and wishes him more global success in the years to come!