The moment when German-origin music producer Madi Das got a text from a friend telling him that his album was nominated for the 58th Grammy Awards to be held in Los Angeles next year in February, he was excited and surprised beyond words.
"I couldn't believe it when I woke up to a text message telling me that we had been nominated," Das told The Times of India.
Das' new album Bhakti Without Borders, which has been nominated in the Best New Age Album category, comprises 11 bhajans, all dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna.
Das, a second-generation devotee of lord Krishna and executive producer of the album, told TOI in an earlier interview that his parents had been the followers of ISKCON's Hare Rama Hare Krishna movement.
Born in Germany and brought up in Mayapur, West Bengal, Das' album is a collaboration of 11 artistes from all over the world, praising lord Krishna.
While most of the bhakts are a part of ISKCON's worldwide following, Gauri Mani from Vrindavan is the only one Indian singer in the album.
“I wanted to make music that reflected both the Eastern and Western parts of my personality,” Das told Yoga Chicago. “Music which could be easily shared with friends, hooks that could be sung, beats that made you want to dance — alone or with friends. The result was Bhakti Without Borders.”
Das has announced that all proceedings from the album will be donated for the education of girls in Vrindavan.
This year, noted sitarist Anoushka Shankar has been nominated in the Best World Music Album category for her album Home.
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