Sonam Kalra is that rare breed of singer who has been trained in both Indian and Western music traditions and is equally adept at both. She has a rich, powerful, yet sensitive voice that touches the soul, with an ability to blend styles, yet stay true to the music.
Over the last 2 years Sonam has been researching the music and texts of different religions and has devised a musical genre called ‘The Sufi Gospel Project’. The Sufi Gospel Project is an effort to blend all the voices of faith, through the use of song, music and the spoken word. Traditional western gospel melds with Indian classical sounds, and Indian spiritual texts are enriched by elements of western poetry to create a sound that touches every soul. Khusrau blends with Amazing Grace, Kabir shares the stage with Abide with Me and Bulleh Shah’s voice is heard amidst English and Gaelic texts. Revealing that no matter what the language of the lyrics, or the ethnicity of the sounds, there is but one language, the language of faith. And that is the universal truth. The music of The Sufi Gospel Project carries with it a message of freedom from boundaries, walls, religion and labels. It is music of acceptance of all humanity and secularism.
Sonam has shared the stage with legendary musicians like Abida Parveen and performed at Prestigious Music Festivals all over the world and for renowned musician Sting. In January, 2013 the Mail Today newspaper listed Sonam as one of “the 50 creative powerhouses & impresarios who have elevated Delhi from a cultural desert to one of the world’s leading arts capitals”. Elle magazine profiled Sonam in a list of “Transformers : Women Who Own the Future”.
Official website: www.sonamkalra.com