Shanti Samsara by Ricky Kej

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Shanti Samsara Launch

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Shanti Samsara Launch at United Nations COP21, Paris

Shanti Samsara was launched by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi & President of France François Hollande at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21 (Paris).

Spearheaded by Grammy® Award Winning composer & conservationist 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 500 musicians including 22 Grammy® Winners from over 40 countries. Ricky Kej went on to performing Shanti Samsara LIVE at the United Nations General Assembly and venues across the globe.

This album is a spiritual journey as much as musical one. In listening, we reflect not only on the subtle sounds of nature but our relation to them, and especially, our roles and responsibilities as children of Mother Nature. That is why Kej titled the album “Shanti Samsara.” The literal translation of the Sanskrit word “Shanti” means peace, but it has a broader meaning: peace, harmony, and equilibrium, in which we live in symbiosis with our surroundings.
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  • Tom Brokaw (Legendary US News Anchor)

    Shanti Samsara is an international gift of music to celebrate the unequaled gifts of mother nature – love this music – as you would your own mother.

    Tom Brokaw (Legendary US News Anchor)
  • Ambassador Andrew Young (United States Ambassador to UN & Mayor of Atlanta)

    Ricky Kej’s SHANTI SAMSARA is the sound of the nature, fusing many voices of our global musical ecosystem. From vocals originating in South Africa to the bamboo flute of India, this music is the soundtrack of Mother Nature. It is an echo of our environment, reminding us that the health of our planet is the most important gift to our children.

    Ambassador Andrew Young (United States Ambassador to UN & Mayor of Atlanta)
  • Sri Narendra Modi (Hon'ble Prime Minister of India)

    In order to purify the environment we have to purify the mind. The eco-crisis impact is a reflection of the imbalance of the mind

    Sri Narendra Modi (Hon'ble Prime Minister of India)
  • Anote Tong (President of the Republic of Kiribati)

    I thank Ricky Kej for lending his voice and joining in our campaign for the survival of our nation- Kiribati

    Anote Tong (President of the Republic of Kiribati)
  • MacKenzie Bezos (Award-Winning Novelist

    Artists can play an important role in raising awareness… Shanti Samsara is an idea as beautiful as the planet they set out to celebrate and protect.

    MacKenzie Bezos (Award-Winning Novelist
  • Swami Paramatmananda Saraswati (Convener of Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha)

    The contents of the album, the selection from Hindu Shashtras/Tradition certainly reflects Hindu vision of Divinity. I am happy about the selections and as Convener of Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, We endorse the contents of the album.

    Swami Paramatmananda Saraswati (Convener of Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha)
  • Tom Brokaw (Legendary US News Anchor)

    Shanti Samsara is an international gift of music to celebrate the unequaled gifts of mother nature – love this music – as you would your own mother.

    Tom Brokaw (Legendary US News Anchor)
  • Ambassador Andrew Young (United States Ambassador to UN & Mayor of Atlanta)

    Ricky Kej’s SHANTI SAMSARA is the sound of the nature, fusing many voices of our global musical ecosystem. From vocals originating in South Africa to the bamboo flute of India, this music is the soundtrack of Mother Nature. It is an echo of our environment, reminding us that the health of our planet is the most important gift to our children.

    Ambassador Andrew Young (United States Ambassador to UN & Mayor of Atlanta)
  • Sri Narendra Modi (Hon'ble Prime Minister of India)

    In order to purify the environment we have to purify the mind. The eco-crisis impact is a reflection of the imbalance of the mind

    Sri Narendra Modi (Hon'ble Prime Minister of India)
  • Anote Tong (President of the Republic of Kiribati)

    I thank Ricky Kej for lending his voice and joining in our campaign for the survival of our nation- Kiribati

    Anote Tong (President of the Republic of Kiribati)
  • MacKenzie Bezos (Award-Winning Novelist

    Artists can play an important role in raising awareness… Shanti Samsara is an idea as beautiful as the planet they set out to celebrate and protect.

    MacKenzie Bezos (Award-Winning Novelist
  • Swami Paramatmananda Saraswati (Convener of Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha)

    The contents of the album, the selection from Hindu Shashtras/Tradition certainly reflects Hindu vision of Divinity. I am happy about the selections and as Convener of Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, We endorse the contents of the album.

    Swami Paramatmananda Saraswati (Convener of Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha)
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Ricky Kej

Ricky-about

Grammy® Award Winner, ‘Peace Ambassador’ and US Billboard #1 artist Ricky Kej is an internationally renowned Indian Music Composer, Conservationist and Professor. Ricky has dedicated his life and music to Environmental Consciousness.

His past repertoire of work consists of 15 studio albums released internationally, over 3,500 commercials and 4 feature films. He scored music for the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup 2011, which was one of the most watched sporting event in history.

Ricky was recently awarded the United Nations “Global Humanitarian Artist” Award. Among other awards to his credit, he has also won Producer of the year at the South African Music Awards (S.Africa), Album of the year at the Zone Music Awards (New Orleans), GIMA and Mirchi Music Awards (India), Centre for Conscious Creativity ‘FutureVision’ Award (Los Angeles). Ricky is also conferred with the title “Youth Icon of India”.

Ricky Kej is a Conservationist, environmentalist and a professor at the prestigious National Institute of advanced Studies (at the Indian Institute of Science)

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Album Videos

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SAMSARA

Dedicated to the island nation of Kiribati. Kiribati will be the first nation to go completely under water due to Climate Change.

Featuring: Ricky Kej (India), The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (UK), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Philip Lawrence (Bruno Mars), Patti Austin (USA), Ladysmith Black Mambbazo (S.Africa), Wouter Kellerman (S. Africa), Soweto Gospel Choir (S. Africa), Susan Deyhim (Iran), President Anote Tong (Kiribati)

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GANGA

A dedication to the great river Ganga (Ganges) showcasing its birth and following its journey, nourishing the lives of 1/10th of the words population. Devotion to the holy river Ganga is devotion to the life-giving element of water.

Featuring: Ricky Kej (India), Shankar Mahadevan (India), Charanraj (India)

 

 

 

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LOVE DIVINE

A song and video created to spread awareness on Human-Elephant conflicts. As a result of growing human populations and the fragmentation of elephant habitat, human-elephant conflicts have replaced poaching as the major cause of elephant mortality, making the Asiatic elephant endangered. Capture and ‘Rehabilitation’ seems like a logical solution, but at what cost?

Featuring: Ricky Kej (India), Patti Austin (USA), Wouter Kellerman (S. Africa)

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SHANTI

Peace is the only path to the betterment of life on Earth for all of creation. The SHANTI mantra invokes the Om, the unknowable, the undefinable and therefore the purest manifestation of the cosmic harmony that exists in every cell. Through this invocation, may all beings recognize the Om in themselves.

Featuring: Amitabh Bachchan (India), Ricky Kej (India), Seay (USA), Wouter Kellerman (S. Africa)

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Shanti Samsara LIVE in Concert

Shanti Samsara LIVE for UN Women, Langley, Canada
Shanti Samsara LIVE at Alternative 17, India
Shanti Samsara LIVE for the President of India
Shanti Samsara live at UN
Shanti Samsara live at Bangalore Palace
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ONE SONG – Shanti Samsara LIVE at the Bangalore Palace, India
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GANGA – Shanti Samsara LIVE at the Bangalore Palace, India
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SAMSARA – Shanti Samsara LIVE for the President of India

 

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ARTISTS AND COLLABORATORS

I am Amitabh Bachchan (India)

Bollywood Legend

I am Wouter Kellerman (South Africa & Australia)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Stewart Copeland (USA)

The Police

I am Sunny Singh (India)

Executive Producer & Mentor

I am Peter Yarrow (USA)

From Peter Paul & Mary

I am President Anote Tong

(Republic of Kiribati)

I am Patti Austin (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Philip Lawrence (USA)

Grammy Award Winner, Bruno Mars

I am Brent Fisher (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Soweto Gospel Choir (South Africa)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Ladysmith Black Mambazo (S.Africa)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (UK)

I am Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (India)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Monks of the Sherabling Monastery (Tibet)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Gary Nicholson (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Frances Fisher (USA)

Hollywood Actress

I am Rosanna Arquette (USA)

BAFTA Winner

I am Val Garay (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Christopher Tin (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Darlene Koldenhoven (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Jennifer Gasoi (Canada)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Tina Guo (USA)

Cellist

I am Rocky Dawuni (Ghana)

Grammy Nominated

I am Shankar Mahadevan (India)

Bollywood Superstar

I am Armand Hutton (USA)

Grammy Nominee

I am Mehmet Sanlikol (Turkey)

Grammy Nominee

I am Ciro Hutardo (Peru)

Grammy Nominee

I am Ani Choying Drolma (Nepal)

The Singing Nun

I am Thom TK Kidd (USA)

Producer

I am Gavin Lurssen (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Geeta Novotny (USA)

Mezzo-Soprano

I am Hariharan (India)

Bollywood Superstar

I am Laura Dickinson (USA)

Vocalist

I am Sussan Deyhim (Iran)

Vocalist

I am Kheireddine M'kachiche (Algeria)

Violinist

I am Kabir Sehgal (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Ruslan Biryukov (USA)

Cellist

I am Bradford Rogers (USA)

Producer

I am Christian Tumalan (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Ilhama Gasimova (Azerbaijan)

Vocalist

I am Jali Fily Cissokho (Senegal)

Praise Singer

I am Jeffrey Lesser (USA)

Emmy Award Winner

I am Lindsay Wagner (USA)

TV and Film Actress

I am Mads Tolling (Denmark)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Rafa Sardina (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Seayool Kim (Korea)

Piri Player

I am Lan Tung (Taiwan)

Erhu & Vocals

I am Tann (USA)

Singer

I am Ron Korb (Canada)

Grammy Nominee

I am Mitsuki Dazai (Japan)

Koto

I am Ruth Webber & The San Diego Jewish Mens Choir (USA)

I am Mei Han (China)

Guzheng

I am Tri Nguyen (Vietnam)

Dan Tranh

I am Hai Phuong (Vietnam)

Dan Bau

I am Oscar Autie (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Immanuel Ramirez (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Seungmin Cha (Korea)

Daegeum

I am James McMillen (USA)

Arranger

I am Seay (USA)

Vocalist & Vocal Arranger

I am Jocelyn Clark (Korea)

Gayageum

I am David Zasloff (USA)

Shakuhachi

I am Don Hart (USA)

Grammy Nominee

I am Windwalker Dorn (USA)

Grammy Nominee

I am Vito David Gregoli (USA)

Producer & Engineer

I am Dave Gross (USA)

Producer & Arranger

I am Vanil Veigas (India)

Producer & Arranger

I am William Kelly Millionis (USA)

Executive Producer

I am Alexis D'Souza (Qatar & India)

Singer & Songwriter

I am P.A. Deepak (India)

Grammy Award Winner

I am Joshua Cheek (USA)

Arranger & Producer

I am Raghava KK (India)

Artistic Producer

I am Michael Perricone (USA)

Engineer

I am Lonnie Park (USA)

Singer & Songwriter

I am Victor Indrizzo (USA)

Drums & Percussion

I am Manoj George (India)

Violinist & Orchestrator

I am Paul Speer (USA)

Grammy Nominee

I am Arun Kumar (India)

Vocal Percussion

I am Asad Khan (India)

Sitar

I am Bethany Yarrow (USA)

Singer

I am Butto (India)

Bansuri

I am Chaitra HG (India)

Singer

I am Charanraj MR (India)

Singer

I am Devan Ekambaram (India)

Singer

I am Prajoth D'sa (India)

Singer

I am Dominic D'Cruz (India)

Bass

I am Nandini Srikar (India)

Singer

I am Praveen Godkhindi (India)

Bansuri

I am Raveolution Strings (India)

I am Rufus Cappadocia (USA)

Cellist

I am Sawani Shende (India)

Singer

I am Suchismita (India)

Singer

I am Sumarani (India)

Sitar

I am Varijashree Venugopal (India)

Singer

I am Venugopal (India)

Tabla

Amitabh Bachchan (India)

Bollywood Legend

Wouter Kellerman (South Africa & Australia)

Grammy Award Winner

Stewart Copeland (USA)

The Police

Sunny Singh (India)

Executive Producer & Mentor

Peter Yarrow (USA)

From Peter Paul & Mary

President Anote Tong

(Republic of Kiribati)

Patti Austin (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

Philip Lawrence (USA)

Grammy Award Winner, Bruno Mars

Brent Fisher (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

Soweto Gospel Choir (South Africa)

Grammy Award Winner

Ladysmith Black Mambazo (S.Africa)

Grammy Award Winner

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (UK)

Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (India)

Grammy Award Winner

Monks of the Sherabling Monastery (Tibet)

Grammy Award Winner

Gary Nicholson (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

Frances Fisher (USA)

Hollywood Actress

Rosanna Arquette (USA)

BAFTA Winner

Val Garay (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

Christopher Tin (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

Darlene Koldenhoven (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

Jennifer Gasoi (Canada)

Grammy Award Winner

Tina Guo (USA)

Cellist

Rocky Dawuni (Ghana)

Grammy Nominated

Shankar Mahadevan (India)

Bollywood Superstar

Armand Hutton (USA)

Grammy Nominee

Mehmet Sanlikol (Turkey)

Grammy Nominee

Ciro Hutardo (Peru)

Grammy Nominee

Ani Choying Drolma (Nepal)

The Singing Nun

Thom TK Kidd (USA)

Producer

Gavin Lurssen (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

Geeta Novotny (USA)

Mezzo-Soprano

Hariharan (India)

Bollywood Superstar

Laura Dickinson (USA)

Vocalist

Sussan Deyhim (Iran)

Vocalist

Kheireddine M'kachiche (Algeria)

Violinist

Kabir Sehgal (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

Ruslan Biryukov (USA)

Cellist

Bradford Rogers (USA)

Producer

Christian Tumalan (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

Ilhama Gasimova (Azerbaijan)

Vocalist

Jali Fily Cissokho (Senegal)

Praise Singer

Jeffrey Lesser (USA)

Emmy Award Winner

Lindsay Wagner (USA)

TV and Film Actress

Mads Tolling (Denmark)

Grammy Award Winner

Rafa Sardina (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

Seayool Kim (Korea)

Piri Player

Lan Tung (Taiwan)

Erhu & Vocals

Tann (USA)

Singer

Ron Korb (Canada)

Grammy Nominee

Mitsuki Dazai (Japan)

Koto

Ruth Webber & The San Diego Jewish Mens Choir (USA)

Mei Han (China)

Guzheng

Tri Nguyen (Vietnam)

Dan Tranh

Hai Phuong (Vietnam)

Dan Bau

Oscar Autie (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

Immanuel Ramirez (USA)

Grammy Award Winner

Seungmin Cha (Korea)

Daegeum

James McMillen (USA)

Arranger

Seay (USA)

Vocalist & Vocal Arranger

Jocelyn Clark (Korea)

Gayageum

David Zasloff (USA)

Shakuhachi

Don Hart (USA)

Grammy Nominee

Windwalker Dorn (USA)

Grammy Nominee

Vito David Gregoli (USA)

Producer & Engineer

Dave Gross (USA)

Producer & Arranger

Vanil Veigas (India)

Producer & Arranger

William Kelly Millionis (USA)

Executive Producer

Alexis D'Souza (Qatar & India)

Singer & Songwriter

P.A. Deepak (India)

Grammy Award Winner

Joshua Cheek (USA)

Arranger & Producer

Raghava KK (India)

Artistic Producer

Michael Perricone (USA)

Engineer

Lonnie Park (USA)

Singer & Songwriter

Victor Indrizzo (USA)

Drums & Percussion

Manoj George (India)

Violinist & Orchestrator

Paul Speer (USA)

Grammy Nominee

Arun Kumar (India)

Vocal Percussion

Asad Khan (India)

Sitar

Bethany Yarrow (USA)

Singer

Butto (India)

Bansuri

Chaitra HG (India)

Singer

Charanraj MR (India)

Singer

Devan Ekambaram (India)

Singer

Prajoth D'sa (India)

Singer

Dominic D'Cruz (India)

Bass

Nandini Srikar (India)

Singer

Praveen Godkhindi (India)

Bansuri

Raveolution Strings (India)

Rufus Cappadocia (USA)

Cellist

Sawani Shende (India)

Singer

Suchismita (India)

Singer

Sumarani (India)

Sitar

Varijashree Venugopal (India)

Singer

Venugopal (India)

Tabla

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