With her debut EP, Kuthu Fire, Vidya turns another dream into reality, and releases a set of genre-mixing and culture-blending original songs that brings her worlds together in a sound all her own, and universal in its appeal. The original songs featured on Kuthu Fire are an extension of Vidya’s mashups, in that they blend together very different cultural styles of music, but they stand apart in their hip-hop and electronic-inspired arrangements. But one quality that is always present, whether the song is a mashup or original, is Vidya’s crystal-clear and agile voice that transcends genres.
One of Vidya’s most successful videos is one of her earliest collaborations, a mashup of Major Lazer’s “Lean On” with the traditional Punjabi folk song”Jind Mahi.” With over 20 million views and counting, the cover remix was so well received, it caught the attention of Major Lazer who reached out to Vidya to praise her rendition of the song. Vidya’s mashups have since gained worldwide recognition from the likes of Diplo & Hrithik Roshan. Vidya has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Elle, NPR, Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed, The Hindu, Deccan Chronicle and many more.
Vidya performs live with her own band throughout the world, including India, Mauritius, Trinidad, Suriname, Dubai, Hong Kong, and the U.S. Vidya continues to perform regularly as a vocalist with the Shankar Tucker Band, and has performed sold-out shows in amazing venues around the world, including the White House, National Center for the Performing Arts in Mumbai and Webster Hall. Vidya will kick-off a tour beginning in Fall 2017, and in Vidya’s words, it will be “one big dance party!” The show will feature Vidya’s original music, as well as a custom light show and dancers performing hip-hop, Indian and tribal dance.