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Who is Ricky Kej, Bengaluru-based music composer to have won 3rd Grammy award?

Ricky is only the fourth Indian to receive a Grammy Award, making him the award’s youngest recipient.

Pritinanda Behera

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New Delhi: Ricky Kej, a Bengaluru-based music composer, has received his third Grammy for the album “Divine Tides.” The Police’s iconic drummer Stewart Copeland, who worked on the album, shared the honor with Ricky.

At the 65th Annual Grammy Awards, the duo was presented with the gramophone prize for the best immersive audio album. The same track was nominated for a Grammy last year for best new age album. Announcing this, he posted some pictures from the same and said he was extremely grateful and speechless to receive the award yet another time.

Who is Ricky Kej?

The Grammy winner, Ricky Kej is a half-Punjabi, half-Marwari born in North Carolina in 1981. He has been residing in Bengaluru since he was just eight years old. Before earning a dental degree from Oxford Dental College, he attended Bishop Cotton School in Bengaluru.

Ricky is only the fourth Indian to receive a Grammy Award, making him the award’s youngest recipient. Back in 2015, Ricky won his first Grammy Award for his album “Winds of Samsara,” which was recognized as the year’s best New Age recording. This year he won his third gramophone trophy.

His vast corpus of work includes four feature films, the natural history documentary “Wild Karnataka,” which Sir David Attenborough narrates, over 3500 advertisements, and 16 international studio albums.

On the other hand, the late Indian composer Pandit Ravi Shankar was the very first person from his nation to receive a Grammy Award for “Best Chamber Music Performance” in 1968.  He received the award for his album “West Meets East.”

 

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