SOONER OR LATER arrives at Kasha Ki Aasha

This weekend Kasha Ki Aasha is proud to present SOONER OR LATER – guitar duo Rolf Bosbach and Sankarshan Kini.  This is their first performance as a duo at Kasha Ki Aasha and we are looking forward to an evening of Rolf’s original compositions.  Shanks continues to surprise us with his versatility as a musician as well with the talents he brings to our stage to play with.  This Saturday will be a very unique evening of jazz. Music starts at 8 pm.  Call to reserve at 413 222 2963.

The Back Story: 

Rolf was born near Cologne in Germany. His interest in eastern philosophy and yoga brought him to Auroville in the mid ‘90s. His original compositions are a reflections of personal experiences or inspired by the poems of a close friend.

He grew up with the Beatles, Progressive Rock and Jazz-Rock and only developed interest in jazz when he had to play it in various Bands in Germany and Auroville. He organises several shows a year in Auroville bringing musicians together.

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Kasha Ki Aasha Welcomes Back Singer Songwriter Mahesh Raghunandan

Kasha Ki Aasha welcomes back Bangalore based singer songwriter Mahesh Raghunandan to our terrace this Saturday.  Mahesh, whose music combines indie folk, folk rock, pop rock and soul along with a hint of blues will be accompanied by musician, Ramanan Chandramouli  for the performance which starts at 8 pm.

Come join us for yet another night full of great music, great food and great people on our terrace.  Music starts at 8 pm and keeps rolling to 10 pm.  South Indian specialties and beverages are available.  We are happy to take your reservation at Tel: 413 222 2963.  See you soon at Kasha Ki Aasha 23 rue Surcouf, Pondy 01!!!

Mahesh Raghunandan is influenced by artists ranging from Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra all the way to John Mayer, Damien Rice, and 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 as a singersongwriter at Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2015, Stage42 Festival 2016, Into the Void 2016, Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2017 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 is the frontman of the psychedelic/alt band Blushing Satellite.

Ramanan Chandramouli is a Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) graduate who has played guitar alongside Brad Rabuchin (Ray Charles), Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai), Tim Curle (Josh Groban) and has extensively toured the United States/Dubai/Malaysia. In India he has performed numerous times with Thermal and a Quarter, Lou Majaw, Adil & Vasundhara to name a few and has opened for the legendary John Mclaughlin from Shakthi and Mahavishnu Orchestra.

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.

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!

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 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.

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 http://www.christiekanska.com/

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!