Indian Classical Music and Arts (ICMA) Foundation is proud to announce this very special homecoming show: “Mahesh Kale - Live in Concert: Sur Niragas Ho - Pure. Soulful. Transcendent.” Come and experience a soul-stirring musical extravaganza by the world-renowned vocalist and Bay Area resident, Mahesh Kale - considered a next-generation proponent of classical Indian music - along with an elaborate ensemble of stellar instrumentalists from India.
A recent recipient of the National Film Award, India’s equivalent of the Oscars, conferred by the President of India, Mahesh Kale will take the crowd on the musical adventure that has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. Endearingly called the “unlikely rock star,” Kale has captivated audiences of all ages with his soulful performances that reflect an earnest reverence for the purity of the Indian classical music tradition while embracing experimentation, technology, and youthfulness. The Stanford Jazz Festival recently referred to Kale as a “worldwide phenomenon, beloved for his enchanting, reverberant voice and his unique ability to interweave classical and popular music.”
Kale, who gave his first solo performance at age three, has received numerous honors in the music world, and has been performing extensively all over the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia, the U.A.E, and Southeast Asia alongside world-class musicians including tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, renowned vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, and the acclaimed jazz saxophonist George Brooks, to name a few. In 2015, Kale sang the playback voice for the protagonist in the Indian box-office hit musical film “Katyar Kaljat Ghusli” for which he received the prestigious National Film Award from the President of India for 2016. It’s songs sparked widespread fanfare and renewed multi-generational interest in classical music. Fans and attendees of Kale’s recent concerts have described the experience as euphoric, other-worldly, and magical. Talking about the upcoming show, Kale says, “The Bay Area has been my home for the last 12 years, and this will be my first solo concert here since receiving the National Award. It means a lot to me… this is where a lot of my creative endeavors have taken place and so I’m excited for this homecoming. It’s an opportunity to share my joy with the people from whom I’ve gotten so much unconditional love and support.”
While maintaining a rigorous concert schedule, pursuing collaborations and other creative endeavors, and creating an international footprint for his music, Kale has also been teaching Indian classical music in the Bay Area since 2005, and currently serves as an inspiration to an active and motivated student body of over 200. It was his passion for and keen sense of responsibility towards the art that led to the founding of ICMA Foundation in 2011 in an effort to spread the joy of music, particularly amongst younger generations.
He will be accompanied for this concert by a group of exceptional instrumentalists from India, and though they have performed together extensively overseas, this will be their debut performance as a group in the U.S. The troupe of artists, each one of whom has accompanied leading Indian musicians, includes tabla players Vinayak Joshi and Vibhav Khandolkar, harmonium player Rajiv Tambe, violinist and sitarist Kedar Gulavani, and side-rhythm artist and percussionist Suryakant Surve. About the ensemble, Kale says, “When you’re on the road for that long together, you bond beyond art. You start loving one another as people and that love reflects in the performance.”