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Kahwa Speaks

Creative Music

Kahwa Speaks a global movement to introduce the world to Kashmiri culture through music and story-telling





Pragnya Wakhlu
  • Kahwa Speaks Nominated !

    by Pragnya Wakhlu on March, 14 2018



    Heya guys!

    Hope you'll are doing good :)

    Wanted to share the good news that I got nominated for the Radio City Freedom Awards for Best Folk Fusion artist. Since this is an audience voting category please could you take 2 mins to help out by voting for me.It would mean a lot .


    1.Click on the link

    2.Click on the facebook like button under Pragnya Wakhlu(this takes a little time to load)

    3.Next Click on 'Confirm' which will appear on the facebook like button.This takes you to another page where you have to confirm your vote.

    Thank you so much for voting!Have a super day!

    Did you know that every FB share gets 1 more donation.
    Help spread the word!

  • Progress Update!

    by Pragnya Wakhlu on December, 01 2017




    How are you?

    A big thank you and hug to you for your generous contribution to the Kahwa Speaks movement.

    We are now 115% funded and have started work on the illustrative animation for the audio-visual tour. This is expected to complete sometime around March 2018 following which the band will plan the tour.

    I am happy to present to you your personal copy of the album - 6 songs in high resolution wav files.

    You have to download the songs from this link.

    You will also receive an individual email from me separately along with other rewards depending on the category you have chosen.

    Thank you so much for helping us help the world see Kashmir in a positive light:)

    Wishing you cheer, good health ,love and peace always. 

    Do let me know how you liked the songs:)

    Love - Pragnya 

    P.s. Sorry for the delay ..had a little personal accident so got thrown off for a bit!

    Did you know that every FB share gets 1 more donation.
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About the Fundraiser

"Kahwa Speaks" is a movement by Pragnya Wakhlu that aims introducing the world to the hidden facets of Kashmiri culture and helps preserving the language by means of a live audio-visual tour and story-telling. This comprises an experimental Kashmiri-English album which will be released globally on 16th July 2017 and an audio-visual element and tour for which we are raising funds.



"Kahwa Speaks" is not just an album but is the start of a global movement. It has been a long standing dream of mine that has been crafted over a period of research for the last 3 years that is finally coming to fruition by the grace of the almighty.

Born in Srinagar and raised in Pune, I have been a Kashmiri that has lived out of the state but one has a strong connection with my roots.We grew up in a time when we would share laughter and old folk tales over cups of Kahwa at our grandparents homes (who still live in both Srinagar and Jammu).

Kashmir has often been a misunderstood state as there is a lot of media attention on the violence in the state. There is so much about Kashmiri culture, traditions and music that remain concealed from the public eye. A lot of people that moved out of Kashmir and the generations after them have never been there and never visited.What these generations know about Kashmir is what they have heard from their parents or what they read in the media.


My endeavour with this album is to help audiences (both Kashmiri and non-Kashmiri) across the world to experience Kashmir for what it inherently is - a rich cultural state. To be introduced to the finer nuances of our culture and history through an experiential show involving live music , visuals ,story telling and Kahwa(Kashmiri tea). It is also an attempt at preserving the Kashmiri language by creating memorable songs that pique people’s interest in learning the language.

The original lyrics and compositions are aimed at spreading the message of peace and unity, strictly keeping away from any political agendas.

The six songs on the album which are in Kashmiri and have English translations are a mix of contemporary takes on the poems of Lal Ded and Habakhatoon , the traditional Wanwun and also some of my original compositions. The music is more contemporary with a slightly folky sound to create musical renditions that are a reflection of how most of us grew up..with diverse modern influences,yet holding a strong connection to our roots.

The album also features a song “Burning Fire” which is in Tibetan and English for which a music video has already been released. The song aims to bring awareness to the oft ignored and very critical issue of self immolations in the Tibetan community and their struggle to preserve their identity .This is a cause I feel really strongly about and felt the relevance of including it in this album for several reasons.

To test out audience receptivity to the concept, I previewed an audio visual show of the songs using photographs as background visuals (on a smaller scale) at the Kumaon Literature festival . Here, it was well received by prominent journalists and authors from the nations literary circuit. I further went on to do smaller shows “Kashmir through a musical Lens” at the Gyaan Adab Cultural center (Pune) and “Conversations over Kahwa” at Depot 48 Delhi. The audience at all the cities was very receptive of the concept and that encouraged me to take this to a higher level and at a much larger scale with your help.



Debut Album - Journey to the Sun (2012)

Apple Music:

Ok Listen:

Singles: Kal Nahin Aata (2010)

Ok Listen:

I Let Go (2015):

Burning Fire (2016)

Music Videos

Music Video for 'Burning Fire'  featured on Vh1 and Rolling Stone



Music Video for Breast Cancer Awareness movement with NGO Yes to Life “Feeling Alive”


Music Video for Rise from "Journey to the Sun"



This project is an amalgamation of modern music with traditional Kashmiri. Since the songs are both in Kashmiri and English, one of the possible risks is part of the community mistaking my efforts as a “dilution” of Kashmiri culture. There are often purists that believe that translating songs into English is a form of dilution. I feel on the contrary that if one has to reach out to global audiences where one wants people to understand the meaning behind the music, one needs to communicate in a language familiar to them. The music is also a reflection of who I am as a person..a combination of diverse influences grounded in my roots. Hence I have adopted and stuck to my current approach.

The other challenges are of course monetary - being able to raise enough funds to finish the visual experience part of this project, pay the collaborators on this project the fee they deserve and  tour successfully with the band to take this to every city we can. I hope to be able to raise this money with your goodwill and blessings.



The album and music video for 'Burning Fire' (the first single off the album) , an entirely self –funded effort has been released on Vh1 and Rolling Stone (digitally) exclusively as is on You-tube. It has garnered airplay and praise internationally as we took great care to create a high quality video that sends the message we were trying to get across without compromising. We adopted a very D.I.Y. approach to making this video thanks to the support of friends 

The album has been recorded and mixed in Delhi,Mumbai and Pune. We have some very fine musicians and engineers from India and internationally working on this project. Hafod Mastering (U.K) has mastered the tracks for us and they are sounding pretty powerful. The album will be digitally released in association with Songdew’s Fresh Music campaign on global platforms in July 2017. The band is doing a launch gig in Delhi on the 22nd of July.

We plan to use the money raised from this campaign to put the visual pieces of the tour together and then embark on a 5 city audio-visual experience tour in India covering Delhi-Pune-Mumbai-Bangalore and Chennai. We will further take the show to as many cities in India as we can. We also plan to take this show globally to other countries (USA, South East Asia) and spread the movement to as many countries as we can afford to travel to.

We will also release one music video with the money raised from this campaign by the end of this year.


I am an independent artist and am very passionate about the work I do. I believe with all my heart in the power of music and story telling because I have seen it spark moments of inspiration, transformation and create sheer magic.

Unfortunately, the music scene in India today is still very bollywood oriented and one doesn’t end up earning a lot of revenue from live shows if you perform original music.One can either choose to go commercial and compromise , or then rely on the goodwill of people like yourself who are aligned with the same vision for our community.

The entire album Kahwa Speaks has been a self funded effort where I have invested my own savings. The content for the album has been put together after years of research and we have a great team working on it.

We would like to make this movement a world class experience and not compromise on the quality. This is something that would only be possible with your help. A chance for you to be a part of a big movement.. of the people by the people and for the people.




We are in the midst of a volatile time . While art is not always a solution to problems of such an intricate nature, what we hope to achieve with this movement is to bring forth moments of inspiration and an artistic experience, where people can choose to rise above their political agendas for some time and unite and understand the richness of a culture .

You can be a part of this can help create change..It starts with one person and then snowballs forward. We believe in the power of community united for a cause.

When I truly believe in something, I give it all my heart and soul and work with integrity. My previous track record has proven the same.I promise that the funds you contribute will be put to use only towards making this movement a reality and for us to spread the message of unity and culture across the world.



Album Team

The “Kahwa Speaks” album has been a group effort and would not have been possible without the hard work of the numerous people involved. The album has been produced by Vinay Kaushal (Musicians Institute) my dear friend,bandmate and Fender and Ernie ball endorsed guitarist and musician

The songs were initially arranged with the band comprising of Manoj Mavely(Drums), Shailendra Wakhlu (Guitar), Sonic Shori (Bass), Shubhanshu Singh (Guitar) and Pragnya Wakhlu (Vocals, Guitar, lyrics,composition, arrangement)

The album features the following artists:

Gandhaar Amin(Flute), Praashekh Borkar (Sarod), Vinay Kaushal (Guitars), Sanjay Joseph (Guitars),  Sonic Shori (Bass) and  Nikhil Bidwalkar (Santoor)

Burning Fire mixed by Puneet Samtani.  All other songs mixed by Vinay Kaushal.


Mastering:  Gethin John (Hafod Mastering U.K.)


The album will be released by Songdew Network and will be available across all major music platforms (Apple music, Google play music, Spotify , Amazon Music etc)


Visuals and Video Team

Divya Gopalan: Founder director of Gunpowder Studios, Mumbai and director of the music video for Burning Fire, Divya Gopalan’ s captivating visual story telling has a way of connecting with people’s hearts and sending across a powerful message. An NID graduate, Divya was the Rocket Award winner at the Promax World Awards held in Los Angeles (2010) and brings with her numerous years of work experience working with leading clients across the industry. Divya will be directing a music video for the album.

Daksh Jain : With a Masters in Experiential design from NIFT, Daksh is the creative force behind the album artwork conceptualization and design. Daksh and his team of designers will be working behind the visual element of the show, creating a visual story board and animated content.

Hemant Grover: A creative photographer and an aspiring young music producer and Hemant Grover is the man behind the photographers lens . His avant-garde ideas and creative video editing contribute to making the photography and videos have great recall value.


The Travelling Band

The travelling band will comprise of

Manoj Mavely (Drums) : Ex-Berklee School of Music alumni and Director of Musictek School of Music and Manoj Mavely will be the force behind the drums.

Shailendra Wakhlu (Lead Guitars):  With over 20 years of experience teaching and playing the guitar Shailendra’s intricate sense of harmony and melody contribute to the bands solid sound.

Danik Ghosh (Bass) : Danik Ghosh a talented bassist and keen learner associated with with various acts around the city such as Run! It's the kid, The CopyCats, Prabhtoj Singh and others,

Pragnya Wakhlu (Rhythm guitar an Vocals): I guess I’ve talked about myself enough already:P


Top Donors

  • Abhay Aima 51,000
  • Savita and Bharat Wakhlu 25,000
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82 Supporters


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    Shout Out!

    Big hug! Your name will be featured on all of my social media channels with a special thank you message from me + You will get a digital download of the album.

    14 backers

    Estimated Delivery: Jul 2017

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    Special Thank You!

    You will receive a signed poster of the album artwork + A special invite to the gig in your city + A shout out at the live show when in your city(if we are performing there) and a big hug post gig + All of the above.*Global shipping cost will be borne by the backer*

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    18 backers

    Estimated Delivery: Sep 2017

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    Special Live Video Thank You!

    You will receive a Digital songbook with sing along lyrics + Live video call with all the backers on google chat to talk about the album and preview some acoustic song + All other rewards in 500 and 1500 categories.*Global shipping cost will be borne by the backer*

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    17 backers

    Estimated Delivery: Sep 2017

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    Exclusive Kahwa Speaks Merchandise!

    You will get a 40 min one on one Skype singing/songwriting session with me + Kahwa Speaks Exclusive signed merchandise + All rewards in previous categories.*Global shipping cost will be borne by the backer*

    12 backers

    Estimated Delivery: Sep 2017

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    A Live Serenade!

    We will deliver a live Serenade to you/your loved one (live in Delhi/Gurgaon) or on Skype for international + All the rewards in the Rs.500,Rs.1500 and Rs.3000 categories.*Global shipping cost will be borne by the backer*

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    Estimated Delivery: Sep 2017

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    Sound Healing session with a cup of Kahwa!

    You will get a 1.5 hr Sound healing session with custom made Kahwa + All the rewards in the Rs.500,Rs.1500 and Rs.3000 categories.*Global shipping cost will be borne by the backer*

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    2 backers

    Estimated Delivery: Sep 2017

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    Make your own Kahwa!

    Learn how to make Kahwa with me + All the rewards in the Rs.500,Rs.1500 and Rs.3000 categories.*Global shipping cost will be borne by the backer*

    Estimated Delivery: Sep 2017

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    Supper Supporter!

    I will write and compose a custom song for you or your loved one and sing it live (on Skype or in person if possible in any of the touring cities) + All the rewards in Rs.500,Rs.1500,Rs.3000 and Rs.6000 categories.*Global shipping cost will be borne by the backer*

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    Estimated Delivery: Sep 2017

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    You're Awesome!

    Perform live an acoustic set of songs with custom made Kahwa + All rewards in Rs.500,Rs.1500, Rs.3000 and Rs.6000 categories.*Global shipping cost will be borne by the backer*

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    Estimated Delivery: Sep 2017

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