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The Recording Academy, formerly the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) – which organizes the the annual Grammy Awards – has invited 11 Indian musicians to become its voting members for 2022 with an aim to enhance its diversity credentials.
The musicians include Pandit Prodyut Mukherjee (percussionist), Sonam Kalra (Sufi singer, composer), Aditya Kalyanpur (percussionist), Sherise D’Souza (singer-songwriter), Karan Pandav (guitarist), Kamini Natarajan (classical singer), Natania (singer-songwriter), Shruti Kumar (composer-producer), Raag Sethi (guitarist-producer), Subhi (singer-songwriter) and Bipul Chhetri (singer-songwriter)
Voting members determine Grammy winners each year.
The Kolkata-born Mukherjee said, “It is an honor and a privilege to represent Indian music on the world stage. I feel extremely honored and humbled at being selected as a voting member at the prestigious Recording Academy. I would do my best to do justice to this honour.”
Sethi, who is based in Ahmedabad in the western Indian state of Gujarat, said on his Instagram, “It is truly humbling to know that the constant work I have been putting out, with my phenomenally talented and perennially supportive team, is getting recognised in such a way! I’m honored to be part of the new @recordingacademy member class and join the countless creators and professionals who serve, celebrate, and advocate for our music community year-round.”
Chhetri wrote on his Instagram, “We’ve all grown up watching the Grammy’s. To be a part of this @recordingacademy as a Voting Member is exciting to say the least. I’m honored and accept the invitation to be a part of the new Grammy Member class of 2022 and join the countless creators and professionals who serve, celebrate and advocate for our music community.”
Kalra said, “I’m so thrilled and honored to have been chosen to be a member of the @recordingacademy joining the countless creators and professionals who serve, celebrate, and advocate for the Global Music Community year-round. To have been selected to a part of the Recording Academy that institutes the Grammy Awards and to be part of a collective of voices that advocates change, diversity, inclusion and excellence in music is truly such an incredible feeling.”
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