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Sonam Kalra

Multiple award-winning singer and composer Sonam Kalra is a rare breed of musician who has been trained in, and is equally adept at, both Indian and Western traditions of music. She has a beautiful, powerful voice with an honesty and sensitivity that is rare. Sonam’s unique brainchild, ‘Sonam Kalra & the Sufi Gospel Project’ which blends the many voices of faith through poetry, prayer and music to create one universal voice of faith, has earned her domestic and international acclaim.

Traditional western gospels meld with Indian classical sounds, and Indian spiritual texts are enriched by elements of western poetry to create a sound that touches every soul. Amir Khusrau blends with the heartwrenching gospel tune Amazing Grace, Kabir Das shares the stage with the hymn Abide with Me, Bulleh Shah’s voice is heard amidst Gaelic music and Guru Nanak's words resonate in the plaintive strains of world folk sounds. Proving that many different hallelujahs can exist in harmony.

Sonam has performed in over 30 countries and at prestigious festivals and venues around the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Pyramids of Giza, Chicago Temple and many others. Sonam has shared the stage with legendary musicians like Sir Bob Geldof and Sufi Legend Abida Parveen and she has also composed and recorded a song for MTV Coke Studio. Other notable performances include the very prestigious Women in the World Summit organised by media legend Tina Brown, One Billion Rising, The World Sufi Peace Festival in Egypt, The Jaipur Literature Festival, RIFF and The World Sufi Spirit Festival in Jodhpur, the International Faiz Festival for Peace in Pakistan and at the The Indo-African Summit, in front of the President of India, the Prime Minister and 52 heads of African states.

Sonam has been felicitated for her work in music with many awards, including the Femina Woman of Worth Award, the Indian Express Devi Award and the Global WIN Award for inspiring women worldwide and has been invited to share her music and work on secularism through music at various TED talks and WIN conferences globally.

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