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Multiple award-winning singer and composer Sonam Kalra is that rare breed of musician who has been trained in both Indian and Western traditions of music and is equally adept at both. She has a beautiful, powerful voice with an honesty and sensitivity that is rare. 

Sonam’s unique brainchild, ‘Sonam Kalra & The Sufi Gospel Project’ which blends the many voices of faith, through poetry, prayer and music, to create one universal voice of faith, has earned her international critical acclaim. 
Sonam is a member of the US Grammy Recording Academy and has been felicitated with many awards. 
Sonam has been recognized and appreciated for her extraordinary and all inclusive definition of Sufism and her message of Peace and Oneness has made her a popular voice at prestigious festivals and venues around the world. Sonam has shared the stage with legendary musicians like Sir Bob Geldof and Sufi Legend Abida Parveen. She has also performed at the very Prestigious SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, at the Pyramids in Egypt and for MTV's Coke Studio. 

Sonam has performed in over 30 countries across the world including London, Australia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Pakistan, Oman, Dubai, Kuwait, Lebanon, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mauritius, Canada, Rome, South Africa and The USA. 

She has also performed at the very prestigious Women in the World Summit organized by Media legend Tina Brown, One Billion Rising , The World Sufi Peace Festival at the Pyramids in Egypt, The Jaipur Literature Festival,  RIFF and The World Sufi Spirit Festival in Jodhpur,  the International Faiz Festival for peace in Pakistan and at the The Indo African Summit for The Indian Prime Minister, President of India and 52 heads of African States. 
In my soul, there is a temple, a shrine,
a church, a mosque that dissolve, 
that dissolve  in God-  Rabia Al Basri


Sonam has been felicitated for her work in music with a number of prestigious awards including:
~ GLOBAL MUSIC AWARDS 2023 - Gold Medal Winner for BEST FEMALE VOCALIST AND BEST PROTEST MUSIC for 'BOL' , based on the poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz

~HUNGAMA IIMA - Independent Indian Music Awards 2022 Nominations for:
for her original song 'ALFAT'
(awards to be announced later this year)

~The song  'Synthesis: the Indian Muse' in which Sonam was part of the ensemble, won Silver Medal  at GLOBAL MUSIC AWARDS 2021

~The Public Diplomacy Forum Award for Women Achiever’s across various fields, for their work and commitment, 2020

~The 'WIN GLOBAL AWARD FOR INSPIRING WOMEN WORLDWIDE' 2017 instituted by the Women's International Networking
~ Nomination for BEST SONG for  her song 'BOL' at the Radio City Freedom Awards 2016
~The L'Oreal Paris Femina 'WOMAN OF WORTH AWARD' for Music & Performing Arts, 2015- instituted by India's leading Women's magazine

~The New Indian Express 'DEVI AWARD' for being one of 20 Exceptional Women for Innovation and Dynamism in their respective fields, 2014

~The FICCI YFLO 'YOUNG WOMAN ACHIEVER AWARD' for her work in the field of music,  instituted by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry in 2014

~Sonam's musical journey and story has featured in a book published by Penguin-Random House called 'DARE TO BE!'- Stories of 15 trailblazing women  who decided to go with their gut and live against all odds.
~Sonam has featured on the Editor’s pick in Rolling Stone Magazine twice
Sonam is on the Executive committee and the Advisory 
board of one of New Delhi's most reputed centres for the arts, 'Bikaner House'. This honour is extended by Invitation by the government only.

~Elle magazine profiled Sonam in a list of “Transformers: Women Who Own the Future”.


`Mail Today listed Sonam as one of the top 50 Cultural Impressasrios who have elevated the Cultural landscape of Delhi.
~Sonam was one of  a select group of Indian  women to be featured in a list of 'Unstoppable Women' a podcast Hosted by Shailja Saraswati ranked as one of the top 100 Podcasts on Spotify, 2022
~Sonam is a mentor at Commutiny- the Youth Collective that works with young individuals from the age of 13-35 to become changemakers and awakened active citizens (Jagriks) of their communities, their nations, the planet and the larger Universe. 
~Sonam is also the Global Ambassador for VIDYA, a  pan India, not for profit organisation that works towards providing quality education to underprivileged children living in slum areas.
~Sonam is regularly invited to share her music and work on Secularism through Music at various TED talks and WIN conferences Globally. 
Awards & Recognition
Sonam Kalra & the Sufi Gospel Project
The brainchild of singer and composer,  Sonam Kalra, 'Sonam Kalra & The Sufi Gospel Project' is an attempt to blend the many voices of faith, through the use of song, music and the spoken word. Traditional western gospels meld with Indian classical sounds, and Indian spiritual texts are enriched by elements of western poetry to create a sound that touches every soul. Revealing that no matter what the language of the lyrics, or the ethnicity of the sounds, there is but one language, the language of faith. And that is the universal truth.
“I first conceived this Project when I was asked to sing Gospel music to commemorate the birth centenary of the Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan at the Inayat Khan Dargah in Delhi. I had sung Gospel in churches and at other music venues but for the Urz of Inayat Khan, I wanted to create a sound that blended the faiths. I belong to the Sikh religion and am often asked why I sing Gospel. My answer is always the same; because God has no religion. I work with a keyboard player and guitarist who are Christian, my accompanists on the Sarangi and Tabla are Muslim, my flautist and percussionist are Hindus - a testament that when it comes to faith and music, religion is not relevant. The music emerged through a collaborative and organic process, combining our musical abilities and collective improvisation and feeding off our diverse beliefs.”
Khusrau blends with Amazing Grace, Kabir shares the stage with Abide with Me and Bulleh Shah’s voice is heard amidst English and Gaelic texts.
Accompanying Sonam on this project are Ahsan Ali, Rajesh Prasanna, Amaan Ali, Tarit Pal and Alex Fernandes.

P  A  R  T  I  T  I  O  N

Stories of Separation

by Sonam Kalra 

Partition- Stories of Separation is, for Sonam, an exploration through music,  of what the tumultuos  Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 meant to the people of both sides.

As Sonam says, "Many of the stories we have heard from our grandparents will be lost with the passing of the older generation and they need to be preserved, honoured and to serve as lessons for generations to come. I hope that in revisiting these stories through music, we are able to empathise, ponder and realize the way forward. Hopefully, a way of peace and co-existence based on a shared grief, a shared loss, a shared history and a shared love.

The words of the Punjabi poet, Daman have resounded in my mind from the first time I read them. In many ways, these lines have been my stimulus for putting this project together.
"Laali akhiyaan di dasdi hai
roye assi vi, roye tussi vi."
~The redness in our eyes shows
that you have cried and so have we

Using the power of music, the voices of Manto, Ali Sardar Jafri, Daman, Faiz Ahmad Faiz and Amrita Pritam, as well as personal accounts of ordinary people who lived through this terrible ordeal, my effort was to weave together a retelling of this holocaust that tore our country apart, but to also look for a way forward with optimism. To honour the past, heal the scars and hope for peace. 

It has been almost 75 years since the Partition and for many reasons, I wanted to explore what the partition meant, through music. Many of the stories we have heard from our grandparents will be lost with the passing of the older generation and they need to be preserved, honoured and to serve as lessons for generations to come. I hope that in revisiting these stories through music, we are able to empathise, ponder and realize the way forward. Hopefully, a way of peace and co-existence based on a shared grief, a shared loss, a shared history and a shared love. 


I spent many years  researching the works of poets and writers from both sides of the Indian and Pakistani borders and composed the music for this performance based on their poetry and inspired by their stories. I also collected oral histories from survivors of this holocaust and included them in video presentations during the performance. I also worked with a contemporary poet with whom I created two of the pieces- a song and some spoken word for this project .


In the future, I hope to travel with this performance piece and present it in other parts of India as well as at festivals and venues internationally. This message of starting a ‘dialogue’ was carried forward on social media as well and we collected over 2000 Postcards of Peace which I hope to carry to the other side one day. My desire is to enables a channel of communication, a bank of goodwill as it were,  where we can reach out to each other as people, neighbours and children of the same land."

Sonam has performed this experiential performance to full houses and standing ovations in New Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Muscat (Oman)and at a special commemoration by The London School Of Economics to mark 70 years since India and Pakistan were partitioned.

Album out soon
Partition - Stories of Separation
Sonam Kalra & the Treble Makers
Sonam Kalra has  studied Gospel and Jazz music with Ashley Clement in Singapore, as well as Classical opera under the noted tenor, Hur Chul Young.

Sonam’s uniqueness is her rich and powerful yet sensitive voice as well as her ability to blend styles, yet stay true to the music. Her singing reflects the special meaning Music holds for her and she brings to it a truth that can move you from deep within.  Adding  to it a freshness and gaiety that are both invigorating and infectious. 

Sonam began her performing career reviving an era of Jazz music, singing Jazz standards and ballads and quickly gained a dedicated following and garnered much appreciation.  

Sonam has sung at the French and Italian Embassies, the British High Commission and at the American Embassy to welcome the new Ambassador to India, Ms Nancy Powell. She has performed at the NCPA (Mumbai), the Weaver’s Collective and Anantara (Kolkata), TEDx Talks (New Delhi and Rourkela), Blue Frog (Delhi and Mumbai), Chowdiah Hall (Bengaluru), JT-PAC (Kochi), Neemrana Fort Palace, at Rajiv Gandhi’s Samadhi on his birth anniversary in front of the President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, the Union cabinet, members of the Gandhi family and many others and in cities as diverse as Srinagar, Cochin, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Kasauli. Some of the festivals she has been invited to include Kalaa Utsavam in Singapore, The India Show in Toronto, the Delhi International Arts Festival, the Bengaluru International Arts Festival, The World Sufi Spirit Festival in Nagaur, the Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Jodhpur and several others. Most recently she performed at a concert for peace to commemorate the European Union being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012.
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