Ahmad is a doctor by training and a rock musician by profession.
Salman went to school in his birth place of Lahore, Pakistan and
then moved with his family to New York where he went to Tappan Zee
high school in Tappan, NY.
graduating from high school in the U.S. he got his medical degree
from Pakistan's King Edward Medical college in Lahore. While in
med school he was also a member of Pakistan's first pop band, Vital
Signs, whose debut album sold a million copies. The album included
the mega-hit anthem "Dil, Dil Pakistan". The success of
Dil Dil Pakistan made the vital signs into overnight Pop stars.
This is when Salman decided that he was going to give up his stethoscope
and pick up his guitar. He left the Vital Signs in 1990 and founded
South Asia's biggest rock band, Junoon.
has sold over 25 million albums world wide and has the distinction
of being the first ever rock band to be invited to perform at the
U.N. general assembly by U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan back
has also been appointed as U.N. goodwill ambassador for hiv/aids.
He has personalized the "I care,do you" U.N. poster campaign
in Pakistan by paraphrasing a popular quranic verse "saving
one life (from aids) is like saving the whole of humanity".
Recently he has appeared in two documentary films: 'It's my country
too' on muslim-Americans and 'Rockstar and the Mullahs' which has
won a SAJA award. Both films have been broadcast worldwide on PBS
and the BBC.
has won Channel V's "Best International Group Award" in
India and has also been the subject of a VH-1 documentary ,'Islamabad:Rock
City' presented by hollywood movie star Susan Sarandon.
has been a passionate activist in promoting peace in the subcontinent.
His efforts in bridgebuilding between India and Pakistan has resulted
in a song/video he produced called Ghoom Tana. Ghoom tana appears
on his latest solo album 'Infiniti' and is currently being broadcast
on MTV desi in the United States.
Ahmad Alam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and has been training
in Indian Classical music since the age of four. In Bangladesh she
studied under the tutelage of Ustad Phul Mohammed Khan and Shri
Bari Majumdar. She continued her training at Dhaka Music College
and then studied at Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya in New Delhi, India.
is a senior disciple of Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj, receiving
training in the Mewati Gharana for over two decades. She regularly
accompanies Pandit Jasraj, performing alongside him worldwide. Marina
is currently also training under the guidance of Ms. Manik Bhide
in the Jaipur Gharana. Marina has a wide repertoire and also performs
thumris, ghazals, and bhajans. She has recently been experimenting
with more contemporary styles such as jazz-fusion, which uniquely
combines the depth of the Indian classical style with the free-flowing
motion of jazz. She currently resides in New York and teaches several
students across the Tri-State area.
in his father Mr. S. M. Anandhan's footsteps, Sivamani shared a
passion for drumming and has been playing since the age of 7. His
dazzing showmanship on large multiple percussion setup has wowed
audiences round the world including Singapore,Toronto, Dubai, New
York, Los Angle and Moscow to name just a few.
multifarious skills have been much engaged for studio recordings
and his work has enriched many bollywood film soundtracks. He has
been a principal percussionist both live and on record for A R Rahman,
one of the India's most prominent and innovative film composers
whose musical 'Bombay Dreams' has recently been staged by Andrew
Lloyd Webber at the Apollo Theatre.
has also performed for a wealth of other Artists including Zakir
Hussanin, Billy Cobham, Louis Banks, U. Srinivasan (Mandalin), Shankar
Mahadevan, Shankar, Ginger, and the Hollywood star Steven Segal.
he has invited to London to perform at an event called 23 and a
half days of Bollywood at the prestigious Selfridges store in London's
Oxford Street. His shows heading the music aspect of this presentation
which also featured fashion and dance.
is one of India's best known and most colourful percussionist with
a sparkle, presence and charisma unmatched in the entertainment
Kale ' Broken English'
Broken English, London born and New York raised Karsh Kale balances
his Indian heritage with rock 'n' roll, hip hop and atmospheric
pop for his most diverse release to date. On this, his third studio
release, Kale works with a talented cast of collaborators including
MC Napoleon and vocalists Trixie Reiss (The Crystal Method), film
composer Salim Merchant (one half of the it Bollywood
composer team, Salim-Sulaiman) and Dierdre (Ekova).
Kale (pronounced Kursh Kah-Lay) has spent much of the past five
years watching music critics try to describe his music as some kind
of hybrid of Eastern and Western, or traditional and electronic.
And its true that his early goal of bringing Indian classical
music into the Western pop mainstream led him to create some genre-busting
global electronic music.
his contemporary, Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A., Kale has found a way
to incorporate his roots into a thoroughly modern context. His first
solo album, in 2001, Realize, established the young tabla-playing
producer as a major force in the Asian Massive movement a
club-based phenomenon on several continents. Even then, Kale was
telling reviewers that his goal was to take this music to
the next level.
of that meant live performance, and Kales follow up album,
Liberation, was a highly polished, tightly-produced collection that
Kale and his band could perform live. Another part of the next
level was getting to a point where the South Asian elements
were simply an accepted part of the mainstream pop vernacular. On
his latest CD, Broken English, Kale has cut a clear path through
the World Music underground and emerged with an album of truly global
Karsh Kale has been increasingly adamant that words like exotic
dont really apply to his music. This music comes from
New York, he told one writer. It really shouldnt
be treated differently from any other music that comes from New
York. And hes right: its the Bhangra and Bollywood
of Jackson Heights, the hip hop of Brooklyn and the South Bronx,
the electronica of the Chelsea nightclubs, and the rock-n-roll of
the Lower East Side.
of what makes Kale a central figure on the emerging international
music scene is that hes as hard to pin down as his music.
He lives and works in New York, but was born in London to an Indian
family. His live band, which features singer Vishal Vaid, is equally
capable of pushing the groove and cranking it up to eleven or of
performing a traditional North Indian ghazal, a light-classical
form of music and poetry that is centuries old.
generations of young Americans like Kale, these different musical
styles arent really so different at all its simply
the music theyve grown up with. During the course of three
records, Kale and crew have gone from a buoyant but conscious fusion
of Asian and Western music to the current state of the art, which
Kale has termed rocktronic organica unapologetically
Indian and thoroughly American.