Passion is taking every breath and illuminating it with the light of your spirit. If you are fortunate enough to have something that you’re passionate about and can attempt to make a career of it, then do it. You have one life to live and you should make sure every day enriches your soul, every day counts for something. I feel so blessed to be able to have music permeate every aspect of my life and feel blessed to be able to live and breathe music. And the only way this happened was because I decided I wanted to live my life, on my terms, following my own dreams.
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Multiple award-winning singer and composer Sonam Kalra is a musician who has been trained in both Indian music – under Shubha Mudgal and Sarathi Chatterji – and Western traditions of music like Gospel, Jazz and Opera – under Hur Chul Yung and Ashley Clement.
Besides her aim to touch souls and bring hearts together through her melody and compositions, Sonam also shares her knowledge on Sufism, music, gender diversity, acceptance and living out of the box and hopes that her words and her music would transform the world to be a better place.
She has earned international critical acclaim and has performed in over 30 countries at prestigious festivals and venues around the world including the Sydney Opera House and the Pyramids of Gaza. Sonam has shared the stage with legendary musicians and has also performed for MTV Coke Studio.
She 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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I am not necessarily an art connoisseur, but a Rembrandt caught my eye. It is a portrait of “a Caucasian male with facial hair, between the ages of 30 and 40, wearing black clothes with a white collar and a hat, facing to the right”; it can be found on nextrembrandt.com. It is exquisite, a typical painting by the great Dutch Master, with his unique interplay of light and shadow and a liberal use of paint on canvas, in what is called the impasto technique. The only problem is that it was not painted by Rembrandt.Read More
It is an irony that in our country where the woman is called “Devi” or “Shakti”, the male to female ratio is skewed. For every 1000 men there are 930 women. Only 65% women in India are literate compared to 85% men. In every sector – be it government jobs, private sector, sports etc. – there is gender inequality. A birth of a girl is still considered a stigma in many parts of our country.Read More
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