Kabir was one of the first rational voices to emerge from India. With his commitment to eradicate social inequality, he became a powerful symbol for self-respect amongst the lower classes. Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Café is a neo-folk fusion band, which exclusively dwells on the mystic poetry of Kabir. With an objective to bring the philosophical message of Kabir into the playlists of the young generation, the group has evolved a unique style embedded in a substrate of Indian folk music, mixed with contemporary genres of rock, reggae, pop and Carnatic music. Besides Neeraj Arya (lead vocalist & rhythm guitarist), the band includes Mukund Ramaswamy (violin), Raman Iyer (mandolin) and Viren Solanki (percussion and drums). Their collective voices convey the message of Kabir, highlighting devotion to an invisible and formless (nirgun) god, which resides in the heart, and can only be experienced with faith and devotion.
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