Ricky Kej Biography, Wiki, Wins Grammy, Age, Wife, Nationality, Net worth, Family & More

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Who is Ricky Kej?

Ricky Kej was born on 5 August 1981. Ricky Kej is a multi-Grammy Award-winning Indian music composer and environmentalist.

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Ricky Kej Biography, Wikipedia

Ricky Kej was born on 5 August 1981 in North Carolina. Half Punjabi and Marwari by birth, Kej moved to Bangalore, India when he was eight years old and has lived there since.

Ricky won his first Grammy in 2015 for his album ‘Winds of Samsara’ in the Best New Age Album category.

With his second win, Ricky Kej joins a rarefied group which includes Ravi Shankar, Zubin Mehta, Zakir Hussain, AR Rahman and other Indian winners. 

He has performed at venues in over 30 countries including at the United Nations headquarters in New York and Geneva.

Ricky Kej Won His Second Grammy Award

Two Indian musicians were among the winners at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, given out to musicians on Sunday night in Las Vegas. Composer Ricky Kej won his second Grammy Award as she and Stewart Copeland won the award for Best New Age Album. Indian-American singer-songwriter Falu aka Falguni Shah won her maiden trophy for Best Children’s Music Album on the night.

Ricky Kej, meanwhile, added to his 2015 win with a second Grammy Award. He and Stewart Copeland won the Best New Age Album award for Divine Tides. Taking to Twitter, Ricky shared a picture of himself and his collaborator and wrote, “Won the Grammy Award today for our album Divine Tides. Filled with gratitude and love this living-legend standing with me – @copelandmusic . My 2nd Grammy and Stewart’s 6th. Thank you to everyone who ever collaborated, hired, or listened to my music. I exist because of you.”

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PM Modi Congratulates Ricky Kej

Following Ricky Kej’s win for his album Divine Tides, PM Modi congratulated the artist for a “remarkable feat” and wished him the best in his future endeavours.

In response, Mr Kej tweeted, “Wow.. speechless! To receive praise from the Hon’ble Prime Minister himself! Thank you @narendramodi ji, I hope I made you proud.”

Mr Kej also went on to express gratitude towards the PM for the journey he has embarked on since his last Grammy win. “You set me on the path of Environmental Consciousness 7 years ago when I won my 1st GRAMMY Award, and here I am today 🙂 Thanks for your blessings,” said Kej.

Ricky Kej’s Personal life, Wife & Family

Ricky Kej married Varsha Gowda in March 2014. Varsha hails from a prominent Kannadiga Gowda family, whereas Kej hails from a Punjabi-Marwari family. Varsha is also a musician and is credited in several of Kej’s recent compositions.

Most members of his family were in the medical profession. His father and grandfather were doctors, and he struck the middle-class Faustian deal with his parents to let him try his hand at music after finishing his degree.

His mother Pammi believed that his artistic genes were inherited from his grandfather Janaki Das – an actor, Olympic cyclist and freedom fighter.

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Ricky Kej’s Education

Ricky Kej completed his schooling at the Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, Bangalore and subsequently dentistry from the Oxford Dental College in Bangalore. He did not pursue a career in the field and opted for a career in music instead.

Ricky Kej’s Career & Achievements

Ricky Kej (born 5 August 1981) is a multi-Grammy Award-winning Indian music composer and environmentalist.

Kej started off his career as the keyboardist of Bengaluru-based progressive rock band Angel Dust. Two years into the band, he moved on to become a full-time composer and set up his own studio, Raveolution, in 2003.

He has cited Pakistani qawwal Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and British vocalist Peter Gabriel as inspirations to constantly challenge and push his own musical boundaries. Kej is a self-taught musician but studied classical music at around the age of 24 to overcome what he observed as a handicap at the time.

In 2015, he won a Grammy at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards for his album Winds of Samsara in the Best New Age Album category.

Kej is credited with over 3,500 placements for radio and television jingles.

Kej was named a UNCCD Land Ambassador at the COP14 to raise public awareness about the challenges of land degradation, desertification and drought. Kej also serves as a UNESCO – MGIEP “Global Ambassador for Kindness”, UNICEF Celebrity Supporter, and is an ambassador for the Earth Day Network. In 2020, Kej was named as a GQ Hero 2020 by GQ magazine.

Some interesting facts about Ricky Kej

  • He started off as a keyboardist with progressive rock band Angel Dust before he became a full-time composer.
  • Among his major musical inspirations are Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pandit Ravi Shankar and Peter Gabriel.
  • In 2015, after he won a Grammy, the first person to congratulate him was Hans Zimmer who also posed for a selfie with him.
  • In 2010, he was nominated for an award at Cannes for his jingle on Nike. He has created music for over 3000 jingles and even Kannada films.
  • He loves making jingles and once said: “Making jingles is like a workout. One day, I get to work on a Tamil folk jingle and the next day I get to work on a Celtic jingle and an Oriental jingle on the third day. It keeps you on your toes and helps you extend your creativity. The more I work on jingles the better I get at working with new people.”
  • Despite being born in the USA, he loves his dalroti and subzi.
  • His favourite actors are Marlon Brando and Eva Green and his favourite read is The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.
  • He has won more than 100 music awards in over 20 countries.

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Ricky Kej FAQs

Who is Ricky Kej?

Ricky Kej was born on 5 August 1981. Ricky Kej is a multi-Grammy Award-winning Indian music composer and environmentalist.

What is Ricky Kej’s age?

Ricky Kej is 40 years old.

Who is Ricky Kej’s wife?

Ricky Kej’s wife’s name is Varsha Gowda. The couple got married in March 2014.

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