Thursday, February 22, 2018


History was created on Friday when over 200 artists from around the world, including Grammy® winners from USA, Ghana, Tibet and South Africa, performed with Indian Grammy® winning composer Ricky Kej at the magnificent venue of Vidhana Soudha. The Karnataka’s seat of legislature in association with RoundGlass Samsara Festival 2017witnessed India’s biggest heralding of Environmental Consciousness.

This unique Music concert, held as a curtain raiser to the 60th Anniversary festivities of Vidhana Soudha was a celebration of our entire bio-diversity – Nature & Wildlife. The concert witnessed a spectacular and thought provoking performances by Grammy® winners Rocky Dawuni (Ghana), Darlene Koldenhoven (USA), Wouter Kellerman (South Africa), Monks of Sherbaling (Tibet), Lonnie Park (USA), Hai Phuong (Veitnam) along with well-known Indian musicians like B. Jayashree, M.D. Pallavi, Dr.Suma Sudhindra, Sumarani, Charanraj, Chaitra H G, Venugopal and many others.

Ricky Kej launched and performed a brand new Kannada song on the river ‘Cauvery’, written by well-known lyricist HS Venkatesha Murthy. He also performed several pieces from his album, Shanti Samsara – Music for Environmental Consciousness, as well as his Kannada hit song Baa Malaye Baa from 2008 movie Accident. All the music was accompanied by stunning visuals of nature & conservation.

RoundGlass Samsara Festival President, Mr. Ricky Kej, Grammy® Award Winning Music Composer & Conservationist, said, “Music is an important part of any culture. Music has been used to address issues like wars, racism and more over the years. Using music as a platform, we wanted to create a consciousness about what we are doing to the environment. It has been a great pleasure performing with so many wonderful artists, on what has been my childhood dream platform – Vidhana Soudha. We hope, with this concert, our message reaches the far corners of earth.”

Ms. Dia Mirza, artist & brand ambassador of the Wildlife Trust of India, “It is amazing to witness people from all walks of life joining hands to make the RoundGlass Samsara Festival a huge success. 200 musicians with 6 Grammy winners performing to promote environmental consciousness and awareness on climate change. The power of music is all transcending and this is indeed a wonderful way to connect with society! I would also like to thank the Government of Karnataka for lending their support to this initiative and I look forward to being a part of The RoundGlass Samsara Festival.”

Ms. Mirza will be a part of the upcoming RoundGlass Samsara summit in Vidhana Soudha.

Mr. Anote Tong, 3 Term President, Republic of Kiribati, who will also be present at the Summit, said, “It is imperative that we act today to help ourselves and the environment. Climate change is today’s stark reality and it is already destroying lives across the world. The future existence of several countries, including my country, Kiribati, is in immediate jeopardy. It is great to see wonderful musicians coming together to create a consciousness about the role we play in preserving this environment. I am glad to be a part of this Festival, and hope that it encourages people to take immediate action.”

Grammy® Winner Ms. Darlene Koldenhoven (USA), who was one of the musicians performing at Vidhana Soudha, said, “I am glad to be a part of this wonderful festival where we are coming together for a very important cause. Climate change is something that affects us all, regardless of age, religion, gender or geography. It has been a great experience being here and performing in Bengaluru!”

Noted singer and theatre artist, B. Jayashree, who performed at the concert, said, “As artists, we have a strong role to play in sharing messages across the world. Music is an important part of a person’s consciousness and has the power to reach one’s soul. This concert, with so many wonderful musicians, has been a great experience for me as an artiste, and in conveying this message about climate change and our role in it to the world.”

The RoundGlass Samsara Festival 2017 will conclude with two Environmental Summits. Summit 1 on 7th Oct at the Vidhana Soudha and Summit 2 will be held at National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS, IISc campus) on 8th October.