Indra Nooyi`s sis in Grammy race

Updated: Dec 12, 2010, 21:42 PM IST

She has decades of managerial experience and now, India-origin Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon, the sister of PepsiCo Chief Indra Nooyi, is in the race for a Grammy award.

Tandon`s work `Om Namo Narayanaya: Soul Call`, which features Sanskrit chants, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the `Best Contemporary World Music Album` category.

The annual awards, given by the US National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, recognise outstanding musical works. The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on February 13.

A classical singer and an alumni of Madras Christian College, Tandon is the chairman of US-based financial advisory firm Tandon Capital Associates Inc.

Tandon`s album will compete for the award against works by four other musicians, including well-known composer Bela Fleck , according to the Grammy website.

She did the vocals and the composition for "Soul Call", while the orchestral arrangements were done by Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, assisted by Snehasish Majumdar .

Tandon has served in various roles at many organisations, including a 11-year stint at McKinsey and Company. She is a trustee of New York University and the American India Foundation.

Going by the New York University website, Tandon is a trained classical singer and lives in New York City with her husband, Ranjan, and daughter, Lita.

Her younger sister Indra Nooyi , who is the chief of global beverages and snacks major Pepsico, is one of the most well-known faces of corporate America. Nooyi has consistently featured as among the most powerful women in business today in rankings by various magazines.

Tandon is not the only India-origin musician in the race for a Grammy this year. Among others, India-origin composer Vijay Iyer has also been nominated for a Grammy under the `Best Jazz Instrumental Album` category.

Music composer A R Rahman, sitar expert Ravi Shankar and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain are among the Indians that have won a Grammy. In February this year, Rahman won two Grammys -- for `Best Film Song` and `Best Soundtrack` -- for composing the soundtrack of multiple Oscar-winning movie, `Slumdog Millionaire`.

PTI