Ricky Kej

Shanti Samsara
World Music for Environmental Consciousness

The Birth of an Idea

Ricky Kej composed and produced the album “Shanti Samsara” which was launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President François Hollande in the presence of world leaders at the recently concluded United Nations COP21 Paris Summit. This album has gone on to win the “Global Music Award 2015.”

The meeting was supposed to last only ten minutes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Ricky Kej and his wife Varsha to his office at 5 Janpath Road in New Delhi on September 9, 2015, to congratulate the young composer on his GRAMMY win for his album “Winds of Samsara.” But what began as a simple courtesy call turned into an almost hour-long philosophical exchange that resulted in this very album, “Shanti Samsara.” [Read more by Kabir Sehgal…]

2014 Grammy® Award Winner “Peace Ambassador” and US Billboard #1 artist Ricky Kej is an internationally renowned Indian music composer and producer. He is the youngest Indian to win the Grammy® Award. Ricky’s Grammy® winning album “WINDS OF SAMSARA” was based on the ideals of peace by Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Ricky is also part of 3 albums Nominated for the 2015 Grammy® Awards.

Ricky has composed music for over 3,000 commercials, 15 studio albums (released internationally), and 3 feature films, and has also composed the score for the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup 2011, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Ricky was recently conferred the title “Pride of Karnataka” and “Youth Icon of India.” He actively works for Conservationism, Music Therapy in Autism, raising standards of music education in India, and to set up a pension fund for old and infirm musicians.  He also promotes Gender Equality in Workplace through various forums. He is also the first and only musical ambassador from India for Project Peace on Earth, a Los Angeles-based organization.