Will A. R. Rahman's Grammy nominations change the way Indian music is perceived by the world? Pandit Jasraj feels that the effect can only be positive
"Har chhota sa darwaaza jo khulta hai usse faraq padta hai (Even the smallest door the opens makes a difference. When that is the case, the Grammy nomination is bound to make a major difference. Today, the Grammy, with its worldwide reputation, is a far bigger achievement in global terms than even an honor like the Bharat Ratna. Indians has already brought in Grammy's and there are even more nomination winners, and every new nomination is like a door that is another entrance to global fame.
So many Indian musicians have made a global impact. Pandit Ravi Shankarji is a major force as an instrumentalist with his sitar, I have made my own impact with vocals and there have been many others. A. R. Rahman bhi Bharat ki shaan hai, and I am completely delighted that he has won a Grammy nomination after the Oscars that the he won, which already did Indian music a world of good. Allow me here to say that he put a song like Jai ho on the world map when I have been singing devotionals abroad with the words Jai pertaining to various deities for decades! (Laughs) Jokes apart, isse desh ki jai-jaikaar zaroor hogi! And Indian music will actually benefit too, so I hope that he brings home the trophy!
Coming in the limelight is very important nowadays. Let me give own example. I am singing for 56 years, and I think that I have polished my singing progressively with experience. Recently u was a judge on a reality show. And believe me, my presence on the show made a difference to my live performances because of greater awareness that there is someone called Pandit Jasraj who comes on television and is therefore worth checking out!! It's not as if there was a quantum leap in my singing, but the exposure led to a much higher awareness.
So the sum total is that whichever way you look at it, such international recognition is bound to make the international community take a good look at Indian music and musicians. Such achievements will have an impact: duniya ki aankhen to khulengi!"
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