His voice evokes memories of the mountains and resonates faintly like a faraway echo. Hailing from the hills of Uttaranchal, Suresh Kala sings the tunes of his land to render soulful pahadi music. Question him about his music and Suresh takes a trip down memory lane when his mother would wake him up every morning to folk tunes narrating stories of his ancestors and their lives in the mountains. Suresh moved to Mumbai as a young man in 1987 with his memories and a treasure house of folk music as companions. Settled in Navi Mumbai, Suresh made his debut on the Folk Arts stage in 1991 at the Marathi Sahitya Samiti, Mumbai.
Trained in Hindustani Classical Music under Late Shri Vasantrao Kulkarni in Mumbai, Suresh has been a regular performer on the Uttarakhandi associations in Mumbai. Suresh also has the distinction of being NSPAâ€™s debutant performer having performed alongside Jishnu Guha at our pilot performance at Churchgate station to a packed and captivated audience in June, 2012.
“It was a wonderful experience for me watching Rahul Pais sing and play music. Thanks for a wonderful effort by NSPA in putting up performances. I have never seen something like this at churchgate station.”
“Good job, not seen this in Mumbai before. Keep it up. Very happy.”
“Very impressed by what you guys put up... Do let me know if something else interesting comes up... :)”
“I reached Vashi station tired and worn out from the days work, to see a crowd formed around a man, went to investigate, and I saw a man performing a song which sounded like Sufi music to me. His voice echoed through the granite corridors of the station and the merry strums of his guitar filled the air with melancholy. I stood there hearing his song about finding God in ones own belief, reminded me of Kabir ke Dohe which i had read when i was a kid.”
Natural Streets for Performing Arts Foundation(NSPA Foundation)
16, Jolly Maker Chamber No 2,
225, Nariman Point, Mumbai,
Maharashtra 400 021.
Phone (Off.) : +91 022 2204 1250
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