Indian Tabla Player Sandeep Das on Monday won the Grammy award for Best World Music Album at the 59th Grammy for his collaboration with the Silk Road Ensemble, Singe Me Home’.
Sandeep started learning Tabla from Kishan Maharaj, under the Indian Guru-shishya tradition, at the age of 9. He made his stage debut in India (at the age of 15), with Sitar Maestro Pt. Ravi Shankar. Sandeep completed his schooling from St. Xavier's High School, Patna.
His love story is as dramatic as one can imagine it to be as he met his future wife Tripti while they were cadets of the Nation Cadet Corps, at the 1985 Republic Day Celebrations of India. The couple has two daughters, Sakshi and Sonakshi.
An alumnus of Banaras Hindu University, Das has embarked a great journey from Bihar to Boston spanning for 23 years. Tragically the great Tabla player lost his father when his father was shot dead on official duty in Bihar.
A professional career spanning 23 years has seen him composing and playing with the Legendary Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble.
The Tabla player was invited by the School of Education, Harvard University to teach a course on Arts in Education. Beside him only Pt Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt have won in the classical category.
His composition King Ashoka, commissioned by The Harvard Divinity School, was recently premiered at the University of California, Santa Barbara by Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble.