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.
“Wish you people all the best and thank you for bringing music to common mumbaikar's life”
“आज 10 बजे के करीब टिकट आरक्षण के लिए बोरीवली स्टेशन गया था. छोटे भाई मनोज का लोकल टिकट काउंटर पर इंतज़ार कर रहा था, तभी ढोलक के साथ किसी के गाने की आवाज़ सुनाई पड़ी, वो भी सुरीली, बरबस मैं उस ओर चला गया. देखा एक छोटा से मंच पर दो कलाकार बैठे तल्लीन गीत-संगीत की गंगा बहा रहे हैं.बहुत ही अच्छा लगा....हर तरफ शोर-तनाव के बीच सुरीला, मन को आनन्द विभोर कर देने वाला सगीत...बहुत ही दिलकश लगा. NSAP को इस आयोजन श्रृंखला के लिए बधाई!!!”
“I just wanted to let you know, what you are doing with live music at the railway stations is absolutely amazing. Several years ago I saw the new York symphony orchestra play in the new York subway and it changed me forever.Thank you for bringing back a little soul to Mumbai.”
“Truly excellent initiative....... The performances are enthralling and force you to stop in your daily rush and take a breath of music ... Keep up the good work”
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