Boston Based Christie Kanska is Back

Kasha Ki Aasha welcomes back JAZZ vocalist Christie Kanska this weekend.  Christie will be also playing keyboard and performing with our original musical friends, Raghuraman Ramasubramanian on guitar.  This duo was a great hit in their first performance so make you sure you make it this Saturday at 8 pm.

There will be a special, surprise “performance” created in conjunction with the jazz this weekend so come check it out!

As always our home style dinner specials will be coming fresh out of the kitchen.  Call for reservations at 413 222 2963.  Kasha Ki Aasha is just around the corner from the French Quarter at 23 rue Surcouf, Pondy 01.

Bangla Revisited at Kasha Ki Aasha This Saturday

This Saturday evening, Kasha Ki Aasha welcomes the internationally renowned guitarist and bass player, Kaartik to the terrace.

Kaartik, based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, got started in the international music scene as part of the renowned Bangladeshi band, BANGLA with whom he performed for most of the first decade of the new millenium.  BANGLA a folk-rock band formed by the popular indie musician Arnob, made its name blending the traditional Bangladeshi folk genres like Baul and Lalon together with western flavours like jazz, blues and rock gaining a global following for its unique sound.

Leaving the band in 2010 to concentrate on his own personal style, Kaartik studied at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music and was certified in guitar in 2013.  Today, Kaartik is a freelance musician and regularly performs jazz and contemporary with  other established musicians and ensembles.

Kaartik’s performance starts at 8 pm this Saturday and will be comprised of rearranged Bangla Folk music by Philosophers and Poets such as Tagore and Lalon Fakir.  Kirtana Krishna will make a special guest appearance, on vocals and guitar.

Kasha Ki Aasha looks forward to welcoming you for a special evening and another Purely Pondicherry Performance.

Kasha Ki Aasha is at 23 rue Surcouf, Pondy 01.  For reservations, please call 4132222963


Matt Littlewood Trio takes over the Terrace

This Saturday evening, the Matt Littlewood Trio takes over Kasha Ki Aasha’s terrace for two sets of jazz classics.  This the perfect start to Kasha Ki Aasha’s 3rd year of Purely Pondicherry Performances every single Saturday.  Who can believe it?  Time passes so fast when you have this series to look forward every weekend.

Kasha Ki Aasha has been able to present our city with live music every weekend thanks to the many musicians who continue to support our effort to introduce a music scene here – helping us find new great talents, sharing the information about the venue with fellow musicians and sometimes even helping us by bringing their own sound systems until we finally get our own in 2018!

Come join us.  Performances at Kasha Ki Aasha are full of great music, great people and of course, great food.  We are waiting for you!

Performance begins at 8 pm.  Want to hear a bit of what you are going to hear?

Kasha Ki Aasha, 23 rue Surcouf, Pondy -01.  Call us 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
Kasha Ki Aasha is at 23 rue Surcouf Pondicherry 01.  Call for reservations at 413.222.2963.  Dinner and Beverages are available.

International Experience and Immense Talent at Kasha Ki Aasha

Guitar, Vocals and Saxophone…. Sankarshan Kini and Matt Littlewood are back at Kasha Ki Aasha this weekend with their take on the Classics of Jazz.  These guys combine their international experience and immense talents for two sets starting at 8 pm.  Pondicherry is lucky to have artists like this to call its own!

Performance starts at 8 pm at Kasha Ki Aasha (23 rue Surcouf, Pondy 01).  Call us for reservations before the first set…then it is first come first serve for great music, great food and with you…great people!   Tel:  413 222 2963

Crossing Over – Greece to India with the Christie Kanska Trio

This Saturday evening we welcome the Christie Kanska Trio to our terrace.  Christie’s internationally renowned keyboard and vocal talents will be backed by Subhadeep Das on guitar and our  dear friend Raghuraman Ramasubramaniam on bass.

Look forward to an entirely new sound this evening as Christie brings her Greek and Armenian heritage to the stage with arrangements of Komitas, Greek folk songs with odd meters as well some of her own original compositions and favorite Latin Jazz songs.

To know more about why you should not miss Christie and her band this weekend visit her website at

Music starts at 8 pm and as always we have the best of South Indian Vegetarian Cuisine made just for you with Chef Elisa’s special pizzas hot out of the oven!  Beverages are also available!

Kasha Ki Aasha is just a hop, skip and a jump over the canal away from the French Quarter at 23 rue Surcouf!  Looking forward to sharing another Purely Pondicherry Performance with you this Saturday!

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!

European Jazz Duo this Saturday at Kasha Ki Aasha

Saxaphonist Maarten Visser originally from the Netherlands joins German String Bass Artist Holger Jetter this Saturday at Kasha Ki Aasha for 2 sets of truly contemporary jazz.  Starting at 8 pm, we look forward to a new musical experience with this duo on our breezy garden terrace.  Come enjoy another Purely Pondicherry Performance!  Dinner and drinks are always available.  Call 413 222 2963 to reserve a table!

Maarten Visser: Saxophone 
Between 1994 and 1998 Maarten Visser studied saxophone at the ‘Brabants Conservatorium (Netherlands). After finishing conservatory in 1998 he studied carnatic music in Chennai. In 2000 he started collaborating with choreographer, Padmini Chettur composing music for ‘Segment of a Solo’ (2000), ‘Fragility’ (2001), ‘3 Solos’ (2003), ‘Paperdoll’ (2005)’, PUSHED (2006), Beautiful Thing 1 (2009), and Beautiful Thing 2 (2011). These contemporary dance-productions go on to travel internationally.  In 2006 Maarten visser conducts a workshop called; Sound and Silence (Geluid en Stilte) a workshop to create a microtonal piece for 6-14 musicians. The workshop is produced by ‘ei- producties’ an organization started in 2005 by Ferdi Schukking and Maarten Visser. ‘ei-producties’ organizes weekly concerts of experimental music going on to produce a number of albums. From 2006 onwards Maarten Visser has been based mostly in Chenna recording and performing.
Holger Jetter:  Bass
A musician, composer, arranger and producer, Holger studied western classical music concentrating on the violin at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich and the Mozarteum University of Salzburg with Prof. Jurgen Geise with further studies with Lynn Blakeslee and Jean-Jacques Kantoroff .  At the age of 18, he released his first recording with the German rock band, Gantebein.  His broad stylistic and artistic interest subsequently moved him from the bluegrass band Flying Spoon Acoustic Band via the Argentinean tango ensemble Quartetto Tango and klezmer music at the Theater der Jugend to he Clowns duo, Conelli.  Hoger’s strong affinity to improvised music led to the formation of the Modern String Quartet where fresh sounding string arrangements and many original compositions contributed to the wide success of the ensemble. In the following six years of collaboration involving more than 1000 concerts and 2 CD productions, the quartet toured with well known artists such as Constantin Wecker, Joan Baez and Mercedes Sosa.  During this period Holger intensified his activities as composer producing music for audio books and films.  AFter the first American tour he left the Modern string quartet for Kolkatta to study with Ustad Imrat Khan.  Now settled in Auroville, he composes for dance productions, initiated a children’s choir and composed and produced the children’s opera Beyond Asleep and Awake.  Together with his partner, Tina Suchanek, he built the Sunshine Music Studio.  Ongoing performances and collaborations with international artists as well as work with his trio, Three Raags continue in India and abroad.


Jazzing up Pondy with Live Music at Kasha Ki Aasha

The Purely Pondicherry Performance Series continues this Saturday with Holger Jetter on strings and Matt Littlewood on keyboard on Kasha Ki Aasha’s garden terrace.  Classic tunes and contemporary compositions by these two international musicians based in Auroville are a treat for jazz lovers.  Come enjoy.

Dinner and Beverages are always available on jazz nights including our special pizzas and South Indian home style dishes!  Reservations are available until 8:30 at 413 222 2963.

Kasha Ki Aasha is just around the corner at 23 rue Surcouf in Pondy.


Bangalore’s DJANGO TWINS on stage this Saturday!

World renowned Gypsy Jazz guitarist, Robin Nolan calls the DJANGO TWINS “awesome”  saying that India is lucky to have Siddarth Gautam and Joey Sharma representing the new Indian gypsy jazz music scene bringing Django’s music to new and wonderful places.   Kasha Ki Aasha is proud to host this amazing duo this Saturday evening at 8 pm on our terrace.

So don’t let the weather stop you, come by Kasha Ki Aasha for some incredible music, great food and wonderful people.  We do take reservations at 413 222 2963 but only til 8!  Can’t wait to see you!

Kasha Ki Aasha is at 23 rue Surcouf in Pondicherry and is the only venue running great live music performances every Saturday since 2015!