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Sonam Kalra

Award winning singer and composer, Sonam Kalra is a rare breed of musician who has been trained in both Indian Classical and Western traditions of music, being equally adept at both. She has a unique, beautiful and powerful voice with an honest sensitivity. Kalra's music aims to give life to the concept of one universal voice of faith, by blending the message of Sufi saints Kabir Das, Bulleh Shah, Hazrat Shah Niyaz and Khusrau with the words of sacred poets from across the world. This has earned her international critical acclaim. She is greatly influenced by the ideologies of Kabir Das and Bulleh Shah and the concept of finding God in each person. Perhaps it is her desire to communicate this divine connection that makes her music so moving. She has performed in over 30 countries across the globe at prestigious festivals and venues, including the Sydney Opera House as part of Confluence-The Festival of India, organised by Teamwork Arts, Muzaffar Ali's Jahan-e-Khusrau and the Pyramids in Egypt as part of the Sama'a festival. She has shared the stage with legendary musicians like Sufi legend Abida Parveen, Shubha Mudgal and Sir Bob Geldof. She has performed at the very prestigious Women in the World Summit, India By the Bay, One Billion Rising, The Jaipur Literature Festival, RIFF-The World Sufi Spirit Festival in Jodhpur, the International Faiz Festival for peace in Pakistan and at the The Indo African Summit for The Indian Prime Minister, President of India and 52 heads of African States. Kalra has been felicitated for her work in music with many awards including the Femina Woman of Worth award, the Indian Express Devi award, the FICCI YFLO award, and the Global WIN award for inspiring women worldwide. She has been invited to share her music and work on ‘secularism' at various TED talks and WIN conferences globally.

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