The American soprano Kavita Baliga has sung in concerts around the U.S., Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany, and India with repertoire ranging from Opera and Oratorio, Musical Theatre, Bollywood, to Indian film.
The western classical singer earned her Bachelors in Music (B.M.) degree in vocal performance from The University of California at Irvine, and Masters in Music (M.M.) degree from The Boston Conservatory. As a young prodigy, her honors and awards included winning 1st place in the Youth Focus competition of California and 1st place in the Satya Devi Memorial Trust competition.
Kavita spent 11 years in India singing in Bollywood scores, building the curriculum for A.R. Rahman’s KM Music Conservatory, conducting choral studio sessions for Indian films, and developing her startup company, Desi Music Entertainment, LLC. She has sung in the films Yuvraaj, Ghajini, Blue, and Jab Tak Hai Jaan, but she is most known for singing ‘Moi, je nage dans l’espoir’ and ‘Lux Aeterna’ from the film Passage, directed by Shekhar Kapur with music by A.R. Rahman. The film premiered as an accompaniment to a sculpture exhibition at the Swarovski Kristallwelten Museum in Austria.
Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute concert to mark the 50th anniversary of King’s pilgrimage to India and to recognize his non-violent activism toward human rights. The concert featured Ms. Baliga, and included Martin Luther King III and actor Kamal Haasan who both spoke at the event.
In 2009 Ms. Baliga performed at the premiere of the film PASSAGE in Venice, conducted by Matt Dunkley. Amy Kaufman, Haley Bennet, and Nadja Swarovski were among those present.
In 2012, Ms. Baliga performed in a 5-city concert tour called Classic Incantations: The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg plays A.R. Rahman. The event featured Rahman’s film and stage scores in a concert setting, conducted by Matt Dunkley. She also trained the KMMC Chamber Choir to sing in the event.
Ms. Baliga conducted the KMMC Chamber Choir for the In Memoriam segment of the 2012 OSCARS which was an accompaniment to Esperanza Spalding's live performance at the show.
2013 - current, she has been performing across France with the group, Olli Goes to Bollywood with Olivier Leroy, Asad Khan, Jesse Lucas and engineer Jacques-Yves Lafontaine.
Desi Music Entertainment
In 2014 she began developing an idea for a startup company that would nurture South-Asian artists and represent them internationally. Since then she has worked with over 150 artists, provided paying jobs to 250+ musicians, videographers and video technicians, has produced multiple singles and albums. She plans to keep supporting the South-Asian indie music community for years to come.
She currently resides in California.
Session choir conducting