Grammy winner Ricky Kej at CISFF valedictory

By Santhosh Mathevan Published on Feb 24, 2017 02:58 PM IST

Chennai: Grammy winner, peace ambassador and US Billboard #1 artist, Ricky Kej will be the chief guest of the valedictory function of the fourth edition of Chennai International Short Film Festival that will be held tomorrow (25 February).

Speaking to News Today, director of the festival, Srinivasa Santhanam, said, "Ricky is an internationally renowned Indian music composer, conservationist and professor (NIAS at IISC, Bangalore). Ricky’s Grammy winning album Winds of Samsara was based on the ideals of peace by Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela".

Further he added that, Ricky Kej has composed and produced his latest album Shanti Samsara, which was launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande in the presence of World Leaders at the United Nations in COP21 Paris Summit.

"Ricky went on to performing music from this album at the United Nations General Assembly, NY among other venues worldwide", he said. Regarding his profile, Ricky’s repertoire of work consists of 15 studio albums released internationally, over 3,500 commercials and 3 feature films.

He has scored the music for the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup 2011 that was held in Dhaka- Bangladesh. 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)’, Santhanam said. Apart from this, Ricky is also conferred with the title ‘Pride of Karnataka’ and ‘Youth Icon of India. Ricky is also a known conservationist and animal rights activist.

He is a professor at the prestigious National Institute of advanced Studies and a musical ambassador for Project Peace on Earth, a Los Angeles based organisation and Artistic Ambassador for EMMA for Peace (Europe).