Ladakh, July 26: Grammy Award Winner Ricky Kej performed a mega concert for Indian Army at an altitude of 12,000 ft here on the occasion of 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Divas celebrations.
“Just standing still at an altitude of 12,000 ft, practically, takes your breath away, let alone performing in these conditions. It has definitely been the most challenging, at the same time, the most fulfilling concert of my life yet,” Ricky said.
“I salute our Indian Army for bearing these extreme weather conditions to selflessly guard our land,” he told NFAPost.com.
Ricky, who has been performing concerts across the globe, enthralled as many as over 6,000 jawans and several other dignitaries and VVIPs, on July 23.
He also performed a special version of Vande Mataram which he had composed for the occasion.
Ricky was accompanied by noted artists from all over India like singers IP Singh, Alexis D’Souza, and Siddhartha, violinist Manoj, drummer Arunkumar, flautist and singer Varijashree and sitarist Sumarani.
Paying tributes to Ricky, Major General Yashpal Singh Mor said, “Ladakh had never ever seen an event of this magnitude and quality. Ricky’s music along with the backdrop of the iconic Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace, was simply spectacular and the crowd was in awe.”
He also saluted Ricky’s spirit and attitude towards the chosen cause and Kargil War Martyrs.
In reply, Ricky said he had been performing in every nook and corner of the globe, but never have been this excited to perform before the jawans and soldiers.
“After performing in every nook and corner of the world, I have never been this excited, honored (and nervous) about a concert! It has been an absolute dream-come-true,” he said.
Ricky Kej is an internationally renowned Indian music composer, environmentalist and professor.
Ricky has performed at prestigious venues in over 25 countries, including at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and Geneva.
Ricky has the honor of composing and producing ‘Shanti Samsara’ album, which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande, at the United Nations COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris.
For Shanti Samsara, Ricky collaborated with over 500 musicians from over 40 countries.
His past repertoire of work, includes 16 studio albums released internationally, over 3,500 commercials and four feature films, including the natural history documentary ‘Wild Karnataka’ narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
He scored music for the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup 2011, held in Dhaka-Bangladesh.
In addition to winning more than a 100 music awards in over 20 countries, Ricky has been awarded “United Nations Global Humanitarian Artist” and “Youth Icon of India”.
Real Leaders’, has named Ricky Kej as one of the 100 Real Leaders who ‘Inspire the Future’.
The House of Commons, Parliament of Canada awarded Ricky for his “Outstanding Musical and Humanitarian Achievement”.
A chapter on Ricky’s life and musical journey is taught in the 7th grade English textbooks in India (ICSE).
Ricky is a professor at the prestigious National Institute of advanced Studies (at the Indian Institute of Science) and an Ambassador to Earth Day Network.