Karsh Kale (India)

Blend of Rock-Folk-Indian Classical

15 February 2019 - Evening

Gandhi Ground

About Karsh Kale:

"Karsh Kale mixes eclectic beats with the sounds of his heritage to make a sound that is distinctly his own.” – Former President Barack Obama

Described by Billboard Magazine as a "visionary composer and producer", Karsh Kale today is known as a pioneer in the world of global fusion. His career has gone through many avatars over the past 20 years as he jumps between the various roles of being a world renowned tabla player, drummer, DJ/ remix artist, vocalist, multi instrumentalist, film composer, as well as a band leader and curator all with equal ease. He has produced Five internationally released solo albums (Realize, Liberation, Broken English, Cinema, Up), and a collaborative album with Anoushka Shankar called ‘Breathing Under Water;, apart from playing sessions and collaborating on almost 300 albums.

Karsh Kale has also developed a reputation as a genre bending collaborator which has led him to work with some of the most renowned artists from around the globe including his musical hero Zakir Hussain, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Anoushka Shankar, Lenny Kravitz, Bill Laswell, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys and many others. Over the past decade, Karsh has been invited to perform at many prestigious venues and festivals around the globe and was recently invited to perform at the White House in 2013 and was introduced by Former President Obama himself. He has become a noted composer in the world of film and has also made his forward thinking artistic presence felt on TV shows like the Cannes Award Winning show like The Dewarists, in which Kale featured in 2 seasons as well as popular shows such as Coke Studio @ MTV Season 2 and MTV Sound Trippin Season 2. He also curated a special set featuring musicians from across the NH7 Weekender Festival to present a finale set that left his audience awestruck and led to him headlining each edition of the festival in 2013 across 4 cities. In 2014, His work was placed at Smithsonian Museum. In 2016, he got to curate the finale at each edition of Wanderlust Festival across the US. He was also the only person of Indian Origin to have played both editions of GLOBAL CITIZEN in 2016 in New York and in Mumbai. Over the past 12 months, Karsh has focused his time on working on his next album, slated for release in early 2019.

Be it with his live ensembles, or as a world-renowned producer, Karsh Kale continues to push the boundaries of music to places it hasn’t been as well as continues to be one the most sought after collaborators of his generation.

Karsh Kale