The Classic Kailash Concert presented Kailash Kher and his band Kailasa in a 1 night only performance in Gauteng, South Africa. India Club with its sponsor, The Classic India Group of Restaurants managed to bring down Kailash Kher for this special concert! The event was held on 8 September and was simultaneously also the official launch of the Shared History, The Indian Experience 2012 by Teamwork Productions in collaboration with Arts Alive.
Heralding the spring, Shared History – The Indian Experience in South Africa, is back to entertain and captivate audiences with a variety of performances from 8 to 22 September 2012, in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban.
Ganesha Communications & Indianspice, the leading Indian lifestyle authority in South Africa were the appointed PR and Events management firm for the Kailash Kher presence in South Africa. ‘The mere presence of Kailash Kher moved me beyond words! I literally placed myself at the edge of the stage and never moved!” said Naufal Khan, Chief Principal of Ganesha Communications.
The hosts of the Classic Kailash concert, India Club and headline sponsor, The Classic India Restaurant and international production company, Teamwork Productions formed part of the organizing body that facilitated the concert. The supporting sponsors include national broadcaster Lotus FM, pay channel Sony. Kher performed to a full house audience at the Walter Sisulu Hall in Randburg to his adoring fans who weren’t left disappointed!
A world class sound and staging system was developed by JYM Sound and Lighting who had even received the a sincere acknowledgement from Kailash himself just before he closed off the concert. It was immense hours of dedication and teamwork from JYM that made the Kailash Kher performance a gigantic success!
Not only is Kher one of Bollywood’s most recognizable playback singers and a judge on the immensely popular Indian Idol TV show, Kailash Kher and his band Kailasa have broken beyond the media dominance of the Indian film industry to become one of the subcontinent’s most successful musical groups. Kailash Kher’s striking voice, which embodies the ancient history of India in its earthy soulfulness, is one of the most recognized in the Bollywood scene these days, but Kher has broken the mold by also becoming a popular recording artist and performer outside of the studio walls.
Kailash Kher’s rise from obscurity to stardom in just a few short years is the classic ragas to riches story, but even though Kher has been blowing people away with his powerful voice since he was just four years old, it wasn’t always certain that he would make a living with music. Indeed, one of the secrets to Kher’s success is his integrity as an artistic and creative force.
The music of Kailash Kher & Kailasa has a deep-rooted soulfulness that comes from the rich folk and classical traditions that are their greatest inspiration. The songs on Yatra (Nomadic Souls), feature elements of spiritual Sufi chants, the Gypsy rhythms of Rajasthan, Punjabi dance beats and other regional styles, performed on a wide range of traditional instruments. At the same time, the songs have a thoroughly modern feel, with electric guitars, driving beats and subtle electronic effects that bridge the divide between the past and the future.
While his voice alone is enough to make him a star, Kher has always thought outside of the box, putting in the extra effort to make his mark as a songwriter, lyricist and performer. The international release of Yatra (Nomadic Souls) and their extensive touring plans in the coming year reflect Kailash Kher & Kailasa’s desire to build an audience in the rest of the world. This summer, Kher performed in front of large, adoring crowds at the Celebrate Brooklyn festival and San Francisco’s Stern Grove among other prestigious venues. This fall, the group returns to grace the stages of LA’s Hollywood Bowl, San Francisco’s historic Fillmore, not to mention a performance at Texas Stadium in Dallas, where an audience of up to 80,000 people is expected. Texas is known for thinking large, so Kailash Kher should feel right at home.
More about Shared History
Shared History, presented by the High Commission of India in South Africa and Teamwork Productions, prides itself on showcasing the finest and most exceptional that Indian culture and cuisine has to offer with this celebration of contemporary and classical music, dance, theatre, and food.
The High Commissioner of India, His Excellency Mr Virendra Gupta, says, “The Shared History festival is now in its sixth successful year in South Africa. It is an extremely important event in our cultural calendar and presents critically acclaimed work by well-known cultural personalities to audiences in South Africa. The festival is unique as it showcases various elements of Indian art forms both classical and traditional, in a contemporary format and appeals to a wide cross-section of audience.”