Growing up in New York, Karsh Kale was surprised to see his father moved to tears while listening to Bhimsen Joshi. That was the beginning of his own musical journey. Kale started experimenting with the tabla when he was just ten and was influenced by an array of musical genres ranging from Bollywood film songs to rock and jazz. Besides playing the tabla and the drums, Kale is also a remixer and DJ.
Known for blending Indian music with modern electronic sounds, Kale came out with Breathing Under Water in collaboration with Anoushka Shankar in 2007. He has also collaborated with Delhi-based electronica producers The Midival Punditz to compose the music for Karthik Calling Karthik, and performed live at the recent 100 Pipers Melange concert in Delhi.
What would you do if Superman paid you a visit?
I would ask him to take me flying with him.
Your typical Sunday?
There are times when I’m travelling or performing on a Sunday. But the ideal Sunday would be when I’m simply relaxing.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could keep five things with you, what would you choose?
A guitar, an iPod, pizza, some good films and perhaps a woman.
The wickedest prank you have ever pulled on anyone?
At a friend’s bachelor party we learned that his fiancee was going to drop in. So, to tease her, we made it seem as if our friend was in bed with someone else. It was loads of fun.
You’re sentimental about…
The best joke you have ever heard?
A horse walks into a bar, and, the bartender says, why that long face?
What or who drives you up the wall?
Purists of any kind.
Your idea of a really boring evening?
An evening without any music would definitely be very boring for me.
The turning point of your life?
I got to work with people like Zakir Hussain and Sting who I consider my gurus.
The one show you don’t like to miss on TV?
Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO.
Your exercise routine?
Nothing in particular – some yoga at times or simply a walk.
One thing you love about your partner?
Her constant support.
One household chore you would rather do yourself?
Well, I would definitely clear up if things get too messy.
Complete this sentence: Breaking news is...
...What is happening now.
Three places you love shopping in?
I love buying clothes from Rajesh Pratap Singh besides shopping in India and Century 21 in New York.
What do you do in a crisis?
Usually I spend a lot of time worrying but in times of crisis I am quite calm and composed. I don’t panic.
You have faith in?
The power of music and the arts.