was born and brought up in the valley,
originally from Mandir Bagh, Srinagar.
Music has been his passion since he was a toddler. Earliest recollection from
his school days he would participate in all the music/singing programs - later
on principal’s instance he was fortunate to meet Shri Shambhunath Sopori Sahib who
introduced him to sufiyana music, but unfortunately this lasted only for one
school year. His family was always musically inclined and Shri Ghulam Hassan Sofi and Shri Hafiz
were regular invitees for musical evenings to his house. Again he was very
fortunate to get some training with Shri Ghulam Hasan Sofi from Kashmir. The
song 'Madno Cheshma Losum" is his dedication to the master of Kashmiri Ghazals.
During his engineering college days - he actively participated in university
level music festivals. This gave him the opportunity to sing also in various
south Indian languages.
Leaving our mother land was painful for all of us – but it brought him closer to music and after exodus and moving to USA music was the only thing that
kept him connected to his roots. Today he performs regularly at
social gatherings and
KOA camps (east coast).
He is currently Director IN operations with a major Telecom company - but he
tries his best to take out time to practice and record songs that are very close
to our heart – as he always says – “I love to sing for my people - big
Rakesh Kaul performing at a KOA Camp
KASHMIRI & HINDI SONGS
madano cheshma losum
aslai bahaar aawai
walai kastooriye (fast version)
tsch kyemoo kernai
rendition of "Zuv Chum Bramaan Ghara Gatshaha" in fusion with classic
patriotic song "Ae Meray Pyaray Watan" (Lyricist: Saint Lalleshwari, Prem Dhawan,
Composer: Salil Choudhary, Nanda Nayar)