5 Indians Who Brought Grammy Home
Sampooran Singh Kalra – Gulzar (1 Grammy)
Ever wondered about the lyrics of song and who has put pen to paper those beautiful words? A lyricist adds such magic to the song that makes you amused. It was Gulzar’s golden words which were inscribed in making the sensational song ‘Jai Ho’ in the world renowned movie Slumdog Millionaire. For his choice of words, Gulzar earned the Grammy Award for the category ‘Best Song Written for a Motion Picture’ and he shared the award with Tanvi Shah and A.R. Rahman at the event. Remarkably, the feat doesn’t end there for the stunning lyricist; he received the Academy Award – ‘Best Original Song’ for his contribution at the 81st Academy Awards.
In his illustrious work, Gulzar has received 21 Filmfare awards, several National Film Awards, Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002, Padma Bhushan in 2004, Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration in 2012 and Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2013.
Tanvi Shah (1 Grammy)
It would be a sin if we didn’t include Tanvi Shah in this list as she is the first woman to bring home a Grammy Award for India and guess what, its for none other than ‘Jai Ho’. She is a multi-lingual talented singer who sings in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Spanish, Portugese and Arabic. Even though she worked for Rahman earlier in the movie ‘Yuva’ (2004), it was their work for Slumdog Millionaire that earned her the milestone at the 2010 Grammys. Tanvi wrote the Spanish lyrics for the award winning song along with the vocals, and thus earning her an identity in the Indian music industry.
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