Started by musician Kailash Kher in 2003, “Kailasa” is an Indian fusion band consisting of Naresh and Paresh Kamath (bass and lead guitar, vocals), Kurt Peters and Vinayak Pol (drums), Sanket Athale (percussions), Sankarshan Kini (harmonium, violin, mandolin), Sameer Chiplunkar (keyboard) and Tejasvi Rao. As a band, they have performed over 300 concerts in and outside India.
In their albums, they often use and credit other artists for instruments like oudh, sitar and dholak owing to their onus on fusion. They combine Indian and Western instruments and use traditional lyrics for a folksy Sufi effect. The band stands out by the fact that in most of their songs “Kailasa” predominantly uses the voice of a female lover or devotee persuading her loved one or deity.
Kailasa’s eponymous debut album in 2006 contained the hit number “Teri Deewani”. Subsequently, the band released “Jhoomo Re” (2007) with songs including “Babam Bam” and “Saiyyan”. In 2009 Kailasa came out with “Chaandan Mein”.