Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday, invited internationally acclaimed Musician Ricky Kej to personally congratulate him on his recent win at the Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles, USA. Ricky Kej earlier this year won the World’s biggest Music Award, the Grammys for his album “WINDS OF SAMSARA”. This album is based on the ideals of peace by Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. The album is also a strong example of “Make in India” as it was made in India and sold all over the World to tremendous critical and commercial success.
Ricky Kej is the first ever Grammy Winner to recite a Sanskrit Shloka in his acceptance speech which was telecast Live Worldwide. He even praised the PM on stage for his great initiatives.
Ricky Kej specially composed and produced a version of the National Anthem for the PM which he gifted exclusively to him at the 45 minute long personal meeting held yesterday. He also gave sandalwood idols of Lord Krishna, Mahatma Gandhi and a copy of Bhagawad Geetha as a symbolic gesture connecting Sri Narendra Modi-Gujarat-Karnataka-Winds of Samsara-Peace-Music.
Congratulating Ricky on his grand win, PM Modi said, “Heartiest Congratulations Ricky, this is an award not only for you but for India”
Ricky Kej was ecstatic after meeting the PM and said, “I have always believed and respected our Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After meeting him, I am in complete awe of him. I am so humbled by his simplicity and graciousness. He inspires me even more now to achieve greater heights and reach out and expand Indian Music landscape far and wide!”
Narendra Modi and Ricky Kej also discussed several musical ideas and projects at length.
About Ricky Kej:
Ricky Kej is an internationally renowned Indian Music Composer and Producer. 2014 Grammy® Award winner and Billboard #1 artist Ricky Kej is the youngest Indian to win the Grammy®. He won this award for his album ‘Winds of Samsara’. He also won 2 Zone Music Reporter awards held at New Orleans and 2 SAMA (South African Music Awards) from South Africa. He also won the 2015 GIMA and 2015 Mirchi Music Award in India. Ricky composed music for the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup 2011, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A student of both Western and Indian classical music, Ricky’s body of work includes creating music for 3 feature films, 14 studio albums, and over 3000 commercials and jingles seen by audiences around the world. Ricky has earned multiple awards and honors for his composition and production exploits. He was recently conferred the title “Pride of Karnataka” by Round Table of India & Ladies Circle of India and pronounced the ‘Youth Icon’. He was declared an “India Rules Artist” by VH1 in 2013 and was also nominated for a Cannes Advertising award for his Nike Jingle.
Ricky Kej actively works for Animal Rights, Music Therapy in Autism, raising standards of music education in India and to set up a pension fund for old and infirmed musicians. He also promotes Gender Equality in Workplace through various forums. He is also the first and only musical ambassador from India for Project Peace on Earth, a Los Angeles-based organization.