KIRTANA KRISHNA Graces Our Terrace This Saturday

This Saturday evening we welcome KIRTANA KRISHNA to Kasha Ki Aasha’s Terrace for an evening of Classic Jazz.  Kirtana will perform your favorite jazz classics on guitar and that amazing voice we adore!  Don’t miss another evening of great music, great people and great food at Kasha Ki Aasha.  Music starts at 8 pm and you can reserve a place by calling us at 413 222 2963 anytime!

Kirtana Krishna, originally from Bangalore,  trained at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music and now performs regularly across India solo and with a number of established musicians!

See you Saturday!

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CONGREGATION at Kasha Ki Aasha this Saturday

Come join CONGREGATION this Saturday at Kasha Ki Aasha for their very special jazz sound by guitarists Dhani Muniz and Sankarshan Kini.  Dhani is one of the great discoveries in our region and this is only his second performance ever.   You will not want to miss this duo’s amazing guitars.  Music starts at 8 pm.

Kasha Ki Aasha is at 23 rue Surcouf in Pondicherry.  Call us at 413 222 2963 for reservation.

INTERNATIONAL Performance – ZCK Latin JAZZ Quartet at Kasha Ki Aasha

Kasha Ki Aasha is proud to continue its Purely Pondicherry Performance Series with the first Indian appearance of the ZCK Latin Jazz Quartet this Saturday evening at 8 pm.  The quartet featuring Greek vocalist, Christie Kanska, Czech Bassist, Zdenek Kansky and Brazilians – pianist, Antonio Guerra, and percussionist, Claudio Olveira come together for the first time in public on our breezy garden terrace this weekend.

The music starts promptly at 8 pm and you are welcome to make reservations by calling 413 222 2963 or just coming by Kasha Ki Aasha directly 23 rue Surcouf, Pondicherry 605001.

Would you like to know more about the performers?

Check out Christie Kanska HERE!

For more information on Zdenek Kansky click HERE!

Discover Antonio Guerra on his WEBSITE!

Claudio Oliveira can be heard right HERE!

KONARAK REDDY in PONDICHERRY at KASHA KI AASHA

This weekend KASHA KI AASHA is proud to bring internationally renowned guitarist KONARAK REDDY to our rooftop  with a special appearance by his talented daughter Zui Kumar-Reddy also on guitar.  Don’t miss this exclusive performance in Pondicherry at 8 pm on Saturday at Kasha Ki Aasha, 23 rue Surcouf, Pondy!  Tel: 413 222 2963.

Konarak Reddy is the first musician on the international stage to find a new musical language with western harmonic and Indian melodic concepts on guitar. He is known for his finger-style playing, as well as for integrating Hindustani and Carnatic styles of improvisation into his guitar technique. He studied jazz improvisation at BerkleeCollege of Music and graduated with Honours from the Jazz Guitar Performance Program at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood.  Konarak began touring with his eponymous band at the age of 16 and pioneered the idea of fusion with YALI ’74.

Since the 70’s Konarak has performed and toured with a range of musicians including Don
Ross (Canada), Peter Finger (Germany), Gionni de Clemente (Italy), Dylan Fowler (Wales),
Bob Bonastre (France), Rama Mani (India), TAS Mani (India), Dr. L.Subramaniam (India),
Antonio Forcione (UK), George Laval (Germany), Maynard Fergusson (US), Embryo
(Germany) amongst others.

Konarak has also composed music for many award winning films including:
Chanda Marutha (1976, Kannada, feature film, dir. Pattabhi Rama Reddy)
Devarakadu (1997, Kannada, feature film, dir. Pattabhi Rama Reddy)

Konarak Reddy was born in Madras and lives in Bangalore, India. His musical
influences, growing up in post-colonial India of the 50’s and 60’s, are myriad,
ranging from the ubiquitous Shubrabhatam that plays every morning all over South
India, his mother’s beloved Flamenco records, western classical music, the sounds
of the temple and the muezzin’s call, to rock and roll and jazz. He is the first
musician on the international stage to find a new musical language using western
harmonic and Indian melodic concepts on guitar. An alumni of Berklee College and
Musician’s Institute, he tours as a solo guitarist and has played with Don Ross
(Canada), Peter Finger (Germany), Jacques Stotzem (Belgium), Sandor Szabo
(Hungary), Masa Sumide (Japan), Claus Boesser-Ferrari (Germany) amongst others
on the international fingerstyle circuit. He hosts the biennial World Guitar Nights
and All India FingerStyle Competition. He has two guitar-centric albums –
Searching for the Goddess and Solar Avatar. He plays a handmade Abe Wechter
Pathmaker, Gibson Hummingbird, Zane PC electric and Parker Fly. Konarak lives in
Bangalore, South India.
He travels as a solo performer for both concerts and workshops.

Zui Kumar-Reddy grew up in an old house in Bangalore, India. She majored in
Biology at Warren Wilson College, North Carolina. Her minors included jazz
guitar and creative writing. She has been playing guitar with the WWC Jazz
Ensemble for the past four years and plays every week with various bands and
line ups at Tressa’s Jazz and Blues Bar, Pisgah Brewery and other local
venues in Asheville, NC.

Kasha Ki Aasha’s Performances Make Pondy Unforgettable

The Purely Pondicherry Performances keep right on rolling in 2018 with international musician  Sankarshan Kini on vocals and guitar this Saturday.  Join us for an evening of all your favorite jazz classics on our beautiful garden terrace from 8 pm on.  Pondicherry is definitely one of a kind and an evening of jazz at Kasha Ki Aasha will ensure you will never forget it.

Music starts at 8 pm.  We have a great dinner menu and lots of specials lined up for you!  Come early to make the most of it.

Kasha Ki Aasha is a hop, skip and a jump from the French Quarter at 23 rue Surcouf, Pondy 01.  Call us for reservations at 413 222 2963.

Soliliquy on Saturday

Kasha Ki Aasha is thrilled to welcome soloist, Neel Sarkar to our terrace this Saturday evening.  Neel is currently on tour promoting his new recording SOLILIQUY.  Music starts at 8 pm and we are sure you won’t want to miss a minute of it!

Neel Sarkar is an Instrumentalist and composer from Barrackpore, a suburban Bengal town near the northern fringes of Kolkata. Born in 1980, he started his musical journey at an early age of nine. His first instrument was the tabla, a popular Indian hand drum in which he received training in the Farukabad Gharana. At the age of seventeen, he chose the guitar as his primary instrument under the influence of musicians like Al De Meola, John Mc Laughlin, Miguel Czawohski, Allan Holdsworth and others. Gradually, his influences also came to include stalwarts of the Hindusthani Classical scene like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Zakir Hussain and Pandit Nikhil Bannerjee as well as many other instrument players from all around the world like Victor Wooten, Vladishwar Nadishana and John Coltrane. Shaped by various trajectories of musical genres and styles, his style of playing has come to reflect a mix of Hindusthani Classical melodies and flamenco rhythmic textures underscored with an essence of Western jazz harmony. Apart from composing and playing his primary instrument,he is under the tutelage of Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharya’s talim(Patiala Gharana) in Hindustani classical music, he can also play other string instruments like Persian Setar, ukulele, guitalele and the Dotara as well as some percussion instruments like tabla, dubki, khanjira and cajon. On the side, he has become used to handling keyboard programming and background scores for ad films, animation films, short films etc.

Neel started his journey as a professional musician working as a faculty of London College of Music (LCM). He pursued a simultaneous career performing with various local bands and got exposed to different genres of music like Rock, Pop, Modern Jazz, Latin and Flamenco. While spending most of his free hours practicing, Neel developed a deep spiritual connection with his instrument. In 2007 he decided to move away with his guitar from the urban cacophony to the countryside and started to write and compose songs for himself. After returning to Kolkata, he started looking for like-minded musicians to collaborate and perform with. Later he came up with his own instrumental independent musical project called NEEL SARKAR PROJECT (NSP).

To learn more about Neel and his music visit http://neelsarkarproject.com/
Kasha Ki Aasha is at 23 rue Surcouf Pondicherry 01.  Call for reservations at 413.222.2963.  Dinner and Beverages are available.

Mahesh Raghunandan brings Folk, Soul and a Hint of Blues

Mahesh Raghunandan will be gracing our terrace this week at 8 pm on Saturday evening. Mahesh is a singer-songwriter and musician from Bangalore whose music combines indie folk, folk rock, pop rock and soul along with a hint of blues. Influenced by artists ranging from Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra all the way to John Mayer, Damien Rice, Mahesh has opened for artists such as The Raghu Dixit Project, Bruce Lee Mani (Thermal and a Quarter), Parvaaz, The Kutle Khan Project, Sanjeev Thomas & Baiju Dharmajan and international artists such as Lucy Rose, Luke Sital-Singh from the U.K and Ty Penshorn from Australia.

Mahesh also performed a singer-songwriter set at The Bacardi NH7 Weekender Bengaluru Edition in December 2015 and the Stage42 Festival that featured renowned international and national artists such as Mark Ronson, Boyce Avenue, Noori, AR Rahman and more. He has performed with Christian Galvez, one of the best Jazz musicians in the world.

Besides the solo career, Mahesh is involved in multiple collaborative projects. He was also the front man the Indie-Rock band “Mahesh and the Mix” which is now defunct.

So see you Saturday evening at 8 pm for another Purely Pondicherry Performance!  First come, first serve!

JAZZ UP YOUR SATURDAY at Kasha Ki Aasha

Love when Matt and Shanks get together and make their incredible music on our breezy terrace!  Come join us this Saturday evening at 8 pm for great jazz, great food and lots of great people.

Kasha Ki Aasha is at 23 rue Surcouf in Pondicherry.  We take reservations BEFORE 7:45 only at 413 222 2963.  Can’t wait to see you!

Acoustic Folk, Soul and a Hint of Blues at Kasha Ki Aasha

Mahesh Raghunandan will be gracing our terrace this week at 8 pm on Saturday evening. Mahesh is a singer-songwriter and musician from Bangalore whose music combines indie folk, folk rock, pop rock and soul along with a hint of blues. Influenced by artists ranging from Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra all the way to John Mayer, Damien Rice, Mahesh has opened for artists such as The Raghu Dixit Project, Bruce Lee Mani (Thermal and a Quarter), Parvaaz, The Kutle Khan Project, Sanjeev Thomas & Baiju Dharmajan and international artists such as Lucy Rose, Luke Sital-Singh from the U.K and Ty Penshorn from Australia.

Mahesh also performed a singer-songwriter set at The Bacardi NH7 Weekender Bengaluru Edition in December 2015 and the Stage42 Festival that featured renowned international and national artists such as Mark Ronson, Boyce Avenue, Noori, AR Rahman and more. He has performed with Christian Galvez, one of the best Jazz musicians in the world.

Besides the solo career, Mahesh is involved in multiple collaborative projects. He was also the front man the Indie-Rock band “Mahesh and the Mix” which is now defunct.

So see you Saturday evening at 8 pm for another Purely Pondicherry Performance!  First come, first serve!