Award winning singer and composer Sonam Kalra will be performing live at the ‘Music for Peace’ benefit-concert, on 15 April at the Indian embassy auditorium.
Sonam Kalra is that rare breed of musician who has been trained in both Indian and Western traditions of music and is equally adept at both. Her unique brainchild, ‘The Sufi Gospel Project’ which blends the many voices of faith, through poetry, prayer and music to create one universal voice of faith, has earned her international critical acclaim.
In her music, traditional Western gospel melds with Indian classical sounds, and Eastern spiritual texts are enriched by elements of Western poetry to create sounds that touches every soul. Her compositions reveal that no matter what the language of the lyrics or the ethnicity of the sounds, there is but one language, the language of faith and that is the universal truth.
Sonam’s ability to flow seamlessly, from one music genre to another, stems from her training in both Indian Classical and Western musical traditions. She has been trained in Hindustani Classical music under Shubha Mudgal and Sarathi Chatterjee and has also studied Gospel and Jazz with Ashley Clement in Singapore and classical opera under the noted tenor, Hur Chul Yung.
She is well known for her powerful yet sensitive voice and ability to blend styles while remaining true to the music. Her singing reflects the special meaning it holds for her and she brings to it a raw truth that can move you from deep within. In addition to performing with her group of highly talented musicians, Sonam has collaborated with many musicians from different musical traditions, and has shared the stage with legendary musicians like Abida Parveen, Sir Bob Geldolf and also performed for world renowned musician Sting.
Sonam’s vast research into understanding Sufism, its true essence and her unique creative and contemporary interpretation of it has been greatly appreciated across the world. Owing to her versatility and unique perspective, Sonam is fast becoming a familiar voice at prestigious venues and festivals and has performed in numerous countries, including in the UK, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Pakistan, Oman, Kuwait, Lebanon, Tunisia, Mauritius, Egypt, South Africa and the US.
In 2015, Sonam was awarded the L’Oréal Paris – Femina Women Award for Music and Performing Arts, by Femina, India’s leading women’s magazine. In 2013 the Mail Today newspaper listed her as one of ‘the 50 creative powerhouses and impresarios who have elevated Delhi from a cultural desert to one of the world’s leading art capitals. Elle magazine profiled her in its list of‘Transformers: Women Who Own the Future’. Sonam has also been invited to share her work on Secularism through Music at various TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks.
She has been recognised and appreciated for her all inclusive definition of Sufism and her message of peace and oneness has made her a popular voice at prestigious festivals and venues.
Among the more notable recent performances of Sonam Kalra and The Sufi Gospel Project are: Women in the World Summit, New Delhi; The International Sama’a Festival for Spiritual Music, Cairo; Kabir Festival in Mumbai, Jaipur Literature Festival, The World Sufi Spirit Festival in Nagaur, The Khushwant Singh Festival in Kasauli, Saif Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s wedding reception in New Delhi, The India Show in Toronto, The UNESCO Palace Theatre in Beirut, Rama Krishna Mission 100 year Celebrations in Singapore and several others.