ADITI RAMESH on AUTOCORRECT TOUR at Kasha Ki Aasha

This Saturday, Kasha Ki Aasha welcomes the Aditi Ramesh Trio to our breezy roof terrace as they bring the AUTOCORRECT All India Tour to the south!   Don’t miss this great musical performance by one of Mumbai’s best vocalists of the new generation of musicians!  Performance starts at 8 pm and there is no better place to enjoy great music, great food and great people than Kasha Ki Aasha.  Reserve now at 413 222 2963.

Aditi Ramesh is an exemplary vocalist, songwriter and producer with a herculean voice complimented by a range of techniques and tonal modulations. Having been inspired by the blues, jazz and traditional carnatic music in which she has been trained in her childhood, her organic exploration into different genres ever since has been a hallmark of her development. Formerly a corporate lawyer at AZB, the top law firm in the country, since quitting in the end of 2016, her musicality has experienced exponential growth in her soundscape, with her performance incorporating electronic drums and live keys, in which she has been classically trained in western music theory for about a decade. As well as her use of her eloquent voice as an instrument, used to create symphonic harmonies and intricate melodies. The context of her music can best be described as the usage of the mundane, as a foundation for depicting the nuanced realities facing everybody on a recurrent basis, while at the same time having a sonic content which provides funky, groovy and melodic resolutions. This sort of juxtaposition truly exemplifies her perspective of not taking oneself too seriously, as do her frequent, and at times inspiring, bouts of daydreaming. Also known to hone extraordinary culinary skills, she’s a favourite at fleas, Kitsch Mandi (Bangalore) and the Lil Flea (Mumbai) to name a renowned few integrating her pop ups with exhilarating music performances.

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.

Music under the stars at Kasha Ki Aasha

This is a big weekend in Pondicherry and we are bringing in someone special to celebrate it!  Krishna McKenzie, lead musician of the internationally touring band EMERGENCE will be on stage at Kasha Ki Aasha backed by the well known saxaphonist, Matt Littlewood.  Come enjoy Krishna’s Indie Pop style original compositions in just one more edition of the Purely Pondicherry Performance Series on Kasha Ki Aasha’s breezy terrace!

It’s going to be another great evening full of great music, great food and great people!  Music starts at 8 pm!

Kasha Ki Aasha is at 23 rue Surcouf in Pondicherry – on the edge of the French Quarter.  We take reservations, but only before 8 pm!  Call us at 413 222 2963!

Kasha Ki Aasha Jazzes Up the Holidays

Holger Jetter and Matt Littlewood jazz up the start of the holiday season in Pondicherry this Saturday on Kasha Ki Aasha’s terrace.  Join us for 2 sets of the classics with a bit of the contemporary thrown in performed by these two internationally acclaimed musicians on keyboard and strings.  You definitely will be glad you joined us!

The jazz starts at 8 pm at Kasha Ki Aasha.  We are just a hop, skip and a jump from the French Quarter at 23 rue Surcouf.  We do take reservations until 8 pm at Tel: 413 222 2963.   But then it is first come, first serve and space is limited.  You wouldn’t want to miss any of the music anyway so come early!  Dinner and Beverages are available.

Can’t wait to see you!

Auroville Electric Sends New Sound Waves at Kasha Ki Aasha

Auroville Electric is an electric guitar duo with Dhani Muniz and Shanks Kini. They will perform originals and reinterpretations of jazz standards. They explore contemporary jazz bringing in influences from Miles Davis, Bill Frisell, Jerry Garcia, John Scofield and Pat Metheny to name a few.

The sound waves start at 8 pm on Kasha Ki Aasha’s terrace.  Come join us with or without a reservation (Call 413 222 2963).  Kasha Ki Aasha is at 23 rue Surcouf, Pondy 01.  Just a hop, skip and a jump over the canal from the French Quarter!

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.