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Sandeep Das to receive 2019 Guggenheim fellowship / MIG

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The Guggenheim fellowship announced its fellows for this year on April 9, 2019 and two Indian-Americans have made it to the list. Tabla maestro Sandeep Das and chemistry professor Dr Neal K. Devaraj have been recognised for their exceptional work in the field of art and science. The fellowship is awarded by John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for further development of artists and scholars who have established themselves in their field of work.

With a career spanning over 28 years, Das is an accomplished tabla virtuoso who debuted at the age of 17 at a concert with sitar maestro Pt. Ravi Shankar. He has not only performed with many of the legends of classical music but also collaborated with many artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D'Rivera and played with orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His concerts are held regularly at major music centres around the globe and he has also performed at coveted events such as the 150th anniversary of the UNO at the General Assembly Hall (NYC) and for dignitaries like the Queen of England, the Queen of Thailand and the Pope. His collaboration "Sing Me Home" with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (SRE) won the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album in 2017. He has also received the prestigious Brother Thomas Fellowship in 2017 and Live Arts Boston Grant from Boston Foundation in 2018.