Ricky Kej says that the Grammy award was ‘surreal’, and that he ‘still can’t believe it’, according to newspaper The Hindi.
Speaking from Los Angeles, California after receiving the award on Sunday evening, Ricky Kej said, “Getting the award is an unattainable dream. I still can’t believe it”.
He said he believed he got the award for music that was “from the heart”. While music composers must create music for money, it is important for composers to create music where he can express himself.
Kej collaborated with South African musician Wouter Kellerman for the album, which symbolises peace and harmony.
In Bengaluru, Ramesh Aravind, film director, said, “I am delighted. It shows how frail borders are when it comes to talent and arts”.
He said he worked with Ricky Kej, with whom he got along instantly, in three Kannada films. The first film was “Accident”, which went on to win the annual award for sound effects.
Mr. Arvind admired him for his professionalism and described as “terrific” his commitment to his craft and recalled how Ricky Kej worked for “Accident” continuously through light and and night for 21 days.
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