Ricky Kej, Neela Vaswani bag 2 Grammy Awards

Bengaluru musician Ricky Kej brought home a Grammy for the Best New Age Album at this year's 57th edition of the Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center Los Angeles, for his 'Winds of Samsara' album. Neela Vaswani was awarded the Best Children's Album category for 'I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed The World', for which she narrated the audio version of the book. Ricky collaborated with South African musician Wouter Kellerman for the winning album that topped the US Billboard and New Age Chart, and was recorded over two years by Ricky with over 120 musicians from five continents, making Winds of Samsara a truly global effort. The album spotlights the musical, cultural and political links between India and South Africa. Ricky who is a dentist by profession and composer by choice said it is a dream come true as it has challenged him and his team to push borders and truly be the universal language of music. Born in North Carolina Ricky moved to Bengaluru when he was 8 years old. He attended Bishop Cotton Boys' school and dentistry at the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, but then opted for a career in music and started Raveolution Studios in 2003. Anoushkar, sitarist and daughter of late sitar maestro Ravi Shanjar was nominated for her album "Traces of You' in the Best world Music Album category, but she lost out to Angelique Kidjo's album "Eve".