Kailash Kher is one busy man. With concerts lined up across the country since the launch of his band’s new album, Rangeele, the versatile singer has now set his eyes on foreign shores. “This is Kailasa’s first big international tour,” says Kher, who will be performing with his band in Thailand, UK, Republic of Suriname, Trinidad, Canada and a multi-state tour of the United State over the next two months.
Clearly ecstatic over the prospect, Kher has now taken care of his only concern- Indian food. “I plan to take my bawarchi (cook) with me,” he laughs. “The one thing I miss the most while travelling abroad is Indian food,” he adds. Content with the response to his album so far, Kher boasts, “We released three videos recently on our YouTube channel and within a week, they’ve got four lakh views.”
Today, the Allah ke bande singer will perform at Narsee Monjee College’s annual festival, Drishti, where Lucky Ali and two-hit-wonder Stereo Nation (remember the songs O baby…don’t break my heart,Nachange saari raat?) will also be on stage. “We will play some of our popular numbers and new songs from Rangeele,” adds Kher.
Known for his earthy vocals, Kher’s concerts are popular for his onstage repartee. “When people come to watch a show, they are awestruck. Their eyes are fixed as if watching TV. I want to tickle and shake them so that they realise it’s not a TV show. So I start interacting with them,” he says.Having performed everywhere between Gulbarga district in Karnataka to Las Vegas, ask Kher where lies his universal appeal and he says, “My music has a language of its own, one that connects through emotions. It’s a feeling that goes beyond borders, gender and connects to every heart,” adding that his audience has comprised of everyone from Bill Clinton to those in remote villages.
About his future projects, he says, “Once we’re back from the tour, I plan to record some of our concerts abroad and release a DVD of the show. It’ll be something like Kailasa in Calgary or Kailasa at Birmingham— a collector’s album of sorts."