Neeraj Arya’s Kabir café is a folk fusion band that brings alive poetries of Sant Kabir infused with rock and pop spreading awareness on how the poets work is relevant even today.
I (Neeraj Arya) am inspired by the values of Sant Kabir and started performing on streets as a resident artist of NSPA (National streets of performing arts). That’s where I met Mukund Ramaswamy the violinist of the band. We jammed together and hit an instant vibe.
Later chain of events gave birth to the band that has fruitfully bonded the mystic saint’s age-old philosophy with a modern outlook.
The band includes Viren Solanki (Percusionist) Poubuanpou Britto KC (Bass Guitarist, backing vocalist) and new addition Vicky Bramhankar (Percussionist) who added more depth to the music and we immediately found the spark.
It seems that the band came together by sheer destiny! The sounds of our band have touch of pop, rock, reggae, folk fusion and Carnatic music.
Kabir is the first member of our band and helps us see beyond music that is free of structure. Café is a place for discussions, and our conversation is focused around Kabir who resides in our hearts and can only be experienced with faith and devotion.
Throughout our 7 year old long journey the band has performed in more than 900 shows and earned a name in the most loved musical groups of the country.
We have spread verses of Sant Kabir not only across India but to more than 10 countries- Singapore, Thailand, The USA, The UK, Russia and Egypt. Kabir Café has also lent music to mainstream Hindi films like Baadshaho (Hoshiyar Rehna) and Hindi Medium (Fakiri). And latest Mat Kar Maya Ko Ahankar included in Hansal Mehta directed web series 1992 Scam: The Harshad Mehta Story
As a band we believe no matter what, humans are spiritual deep within which keeps our music alive. Kabir’s words are relevant even today and we want to spread his message and see the change as we sing.
Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart and the beauty of Kabir’s café is the conviction with which we perform and learn new things bout Kabir. And we don’t just perform for people; we make them a part of us.
So that’s the story of Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Cafe.
(Interviewed and written by Raavya Sarda)