Spearheaded by Grammy® Award Winning composer/producer Ricky Kej (India) and
inspired by his conversation with the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India,
SHANTI SAMSARA is truly a global endeavor featuring over 300 musicians including
12 Grammy® Winners from across the globe.
World Music for Environmental Consciousness: that’s what this album is all about! Created for presentation at the
'United Nations Conference on Climate Change 2015', this album features Sanskrit verses, spoken word by
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, Hollywood actress Frances Fisher & BAFTA Winner Rosanna Arquette, the voices of
country music legend Gary Nicholson and Grammy® winning Canadian singer Jennifer Gasoi,
the mesmerizing flute of Grammy® Winner Wouter Kellerman, Production by Grammy® winner Kabir Sehgal,
deeply revered Rumi verses, Turkish verses, folk music from Algeria, Senegal & India,
peaceful chants by the Grammy® winning monks of the Sherabling Monastery,
Zulu verses by Grammy® Award Winning Soweto Gospel Choir, enchanting melodies sung by the ‘singing nun’ Ani Choying Drolma,
Spoken word by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
celebrated Asian musicians from China, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, the feted voices of India’s own Shankar Mahadevan and Hariharan-
all blending into the harmony for Environmental Consciousness.
Every day more people awaken to the stark reality -
Destruction of our environment is merely a reflection of destruction we inflict upon ourselves in greed and ignorance.
The environment is a natural extension of the human self, and must coexist in a symbiotic relationship.
A drastic change in our ways is the need of the hour; a clear focus and realignment with a collective goal that is bigger than us.
We must rekindle our inherent connection with Mother Earth by accepting responsibility for our excessive actions.
Every individual is connected by an intricate web of consciousness, which transcends all barriers of space and time.
Every life plays a crucial role in maintaining the balance that serves all in equal measure.
Let us heed our mother’s call and consciously join forces for a future that is bright and beautiful for everyone, especially the children!
Shanti Samsara launched by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi &
President of France François Hollande at the United Nations COP21 (Paris)
In the presence of UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon
Album Artwork & Credits
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Making of the Album
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Bangalore: 560038, India
Ricky Kej (India)
Grammy Award Winner
Grammy® Award winner Ricky Kej has acquired a host of accolades over the years, including a Billboard #1 position, two ZMR awards (Zone Music Awards, USA),
two SAMA awards (South African Music Awards) as well as a 2015 GIMA award and Mirchi Music Award in India.
Known for making music from the heart, Ricky’s music is an extension of his own beliefs and philosophies; not following current trends or commercialization.
A true champion for the World Music and New Age genres, Ricky is constantly collaborating with artists from India and world-over.
Ricky is a firm advocate for conservation, animal rights and music therapy. While his network of collaborators grows larger with each new production, at home in Bangalore, Ricky runs two full-fledged studios where he and a tight-knit team of devoted engineers and musicians create the magic of music.