India’s pioneering record company Sa Re Ga Ma has set up an events division to showcase the best of live artistes and will flag off with Kailasa’s first World Tour in 2012. Adarsh Gupta, Sa Re Ga Ma, Head, Music Business, points out that the band is one of the country’s best live acts whose revolutionary sound that is a mix of Sufi, World, Lounge, New Age and Dance music has made it popular worldwide.
"Kailash Kher, along with the sibling duo of Naresh and Paresh Kamat, will be going on a 21-city tour of Europe, Canada and the US next summer, to be followed by a calendar of other events that will announced by the year-end or early next year," says Gupta.
Lyricist-composer-singer Kailash Kher recalls how when he came to Mumbai from Delhi in 2001, Sa Ra Ga Ma was the first music company he visited with his two original tracks sung with only the harmonium as the accompaniment. "They loved my voice but weren’t sure of an album with me," he smiles.
The following year he recorded ‘Allah ke bande…’ with Vishal-Shekhar for Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II (2003) and never looked back. In 2004, Kailasa was formed that over seven years has performed at 700-plus concerts, 150 in the US and Canada alone.
It was the first Asian band to play at The Hollywood Bowl, at world music festivals like The Stern Grove and The Brooklyn Festival and prestigious venues like London’s Wembley Stadium and the Santa Monica Pears in Los Angeles.
In the first week of April, Kailasa will hit Europe, touring Holland, Liverpool, Birminham and London, before moving to Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Washington DC, New York, Chicago, San Francesco, Seattle and Los Angeles in the US. The final leg will be in Canada.
So far only Vancouver, Calgary and Arlington have been confirmed but the venues could increase in all three countries over the next few months.
"The two-hour live musical act will include old favourites from films and non-film albums like Kailasa, Jhoomo Re and Chaandan Mein," says Kailash. "Also, tracks from our upcoming album Kailasa Rangeela."