Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon | Soul March

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Soul March

by Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon

Follow-up to 2010's Grammy-nominated Soul Call, Soul March is a re-imagination of a version of Gandhi's Salt March refrain "Raghupathy Raja Ram" using classical Indian, calypso, bossa nova, rumba and more.
Genre: World: Indian Pop
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Long before she entered a recording studio for the first time, Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon was a successful businesswoman who doled out advice to corporate executives as chairman of her own financial advisory firm, Tandon Capital Associates, Inc. But her lifelong dream was to make music, and a decision in 2004 to record an album as a gift to her father-in-law ultimately led to the flowering of the Indian-born New York resident’s artistry. Her 2010 follow-up, Soul Call, earned Tandon a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Contemporary World Music Album and now, with the release of Soul March, her most ambitious and moving work to date, she is fully committed to bringing her music to a wider audience.

For Tandon, who became involved in humanitarian causes during her business career, music-making serves several purposes. There is, of course, the joy it brings to her ever-expanding fan base, many thousands of whom follow her on social networking sites. But beyond that, Tandon enjoys using her platform in order to help others and spread good will and self-awareness. She has performed worldwide -- from Olympia Stadion in Berlin to Lincoln Center in New York -- always to benefit a cause.“My goal is to bring people into the music and to let the music find them so that they find themselves,” Tandon says. “They too have the music inside them.”

Recorded in India and the United States, the nine-track suite that comprises Soul March—composed solely by Tandon—is based on a beloved traditional Indian song, “Raghupathy Raja Ram,” sung during Mahatma Gandhi’s famous 241-mile Salt March, a 1930 act of nonviolent protest that paved the way toward India’s independence from Great Britain. Tandon—who sings and plays several instruments, including guitar, veena and the tanpura—says her “goals are very simple: to share with as many as I can. People write to me and they say, ‘I’ve listened to your CD 20 times,’ or, ‘My mother died and every day for six months she listened to the CD.’ I feel that some broader purpose was served.”

Soul March exudes an overtly international flavor, still Indian at its core, but undeniably extending a hand to the other corners of the globe—its songs are flavored with bossa nova, jazz, calypso and rumba. “It’s not that I’m setting out to build a bridge,” Tandon says. “It’s the only thing I know to do. I really find myself when I’m doing music. Those are my happiest times.”

Tandon is also committed to the world of education, and serves on the Board of Trustees at NYU, Board of Overseers at NYU Stern School of Business, the Dean’s Council at NYU Wagner School of Public Service, and the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University. In 2009, she received the Walter Nichols medal, representing the highest ideals of business, service and integrity from NYU Stern, and was inducted into The Sir Harold Acton Society of New York University in recognition of her efforts on behalf of higher education in 2010.

Pursuing her goal of making music accessible to all, Tandon works with a community choir -- a group of Indian seniors in a Queens, N.Y., Hindu temple. The reward, for her is in the sharing of an experience—the same pleasure she gets from performing and recording. “To me,” she says, “music is about going deeper and deeper inside. It’s something that, at the end of it, you feel enriched inside having listened to it.”



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