Selected Press Comments
Kokila of kashmir
She is a versatile singer. Caste, region and languages
is no barrier, with punctilious voice coupled with classical strike to bewitch
listeners of all ages.
Nov. 1, 1999
Kailash Mehra, the melody queen
Has also earned name and fame
during short span of time in the field of music. She shares her achievements and
experiences in a tete-a-tete with Sheetal Kak.
Daily Excelsior Jammu.
Septt .12, 1999
THE LATA MANGESHKAR OF KASMIR SINGS IN NEW YORK
The power of Kailash Mehra's
singing lies in its enormous range, texture, variety and nuance. She is truly
Kashmir's Lata Mangeshkar. Though of a small build Kailash Ji can produce a
voice that is booming and towering, if the song demands it be so. Just by
listening to one concert of hers one gets an idea of her immersion in music -
training as well as experience. She sang the immortal folk songs, popular songs
and meditative songs. She even threw a couple Of Ghazals, showing us that she
could have had the whole concert in that gesture of singing. But it were the
folk songs that drilled through our hearts by their universality, simplicity,
and haunting melody.
M.Koul, Suffern ,N.York.
MEHRA’s MUSICAL VOICE ENTHRALLS AUDIENCE
on the occasion, the Divisional Commissioner larded the contribution of Kailash
Mehra and described her as an icon of plural culture of the State. Welcoming the
guests Zaffer Iqbal Khan Manhas, Secretary, Cultural Academy stated that Kailash
Mehra has earned the name and fame at National and International level by
singing Dogri, Kashmiri, Gojri, Pahari and Bhaderwahi songs.
Nov, 13, 2008
MEHRA’S Magical voice enthralls audience
Singer Kailash Mehra Sadhu enthralled the audience with her spell bound
performance held at Abhinav Theatre
Nov, 13, 2008
Mehra regales with eclectic blend-
Mehra melodious and vibrant daughter of the soil enthralled the audience at
general Zorawar Singh Auditorium with an eclectic blend of classical and light
vocals encapturing the essence of all major lingual identities of the state.
Kailash Mehra- be it a Bhajan or Ghazal ,
Kailash Mehra's heavenly voice is both delicate and uplifting.
Dubbed one of the "melody queens" of Kashmir, Mehra has won numerous
awards and has passed down her knowledge to many students as a professor of
music at MAM Degree College, Jammu.
Overseas Association - Kashmiri Pandit Convention 2006 "Growth through
mesmerizing voice called Kailash Mehra.
It goes to the credit of
Indian Women that despite of the family responsibilities where the Indian male
is still reluctant to share the burden. She has been able to withstand pressures
in and outside home remarkably well. "Kailash Mehra", the melody
queen, has also earned name and fame during a short span of time in the field of
Kailash Mehra Sadhu is a house hold name in Jammu & Kashmir,
Known for her melodious voice;
she represents the composite culture of this state for having sung numerous hit
songs both in Dogri as well as Kashmiri. Her music carrier graph has passed
through new experiences, further lending charm to her music performance.
The Daily Excelsior
Mehra the famous singer of the state
other artists performed at Abhinav Theatre last evening. - Kailash Mehra
delighted the audience with her beautiful recital of Ghazal " Satayenge Jab
Unko Gham Dheere Dheere, Unhe yaad Aayenge hum Dheere Dheere penned by Betab
The State Times Jammu
Kailash Mehra Singing her way to glory
One such eminent singer is Kailash Mehra who spell bounds her listeners
with her singing, whatever she is singing a bhajan, ghazal or any other song,
her sonorous voice captivates all.
The Kashmir Times
Jammu, Sunday Oct., 13, 1996
Kailash Mehra also enthralled the audience
When she sang in Dogri "
Dile Di Gal Unde Ne Kari/ Jande Ta Changa Ha. Surdas Bhajan "Aab Mai Nacho
Gopal " & Ghalib's Koi Umeed Bar Nahi Aati , Koi Surat Nazar Nahie Aati.
The Indian Express Jammu
In her mellifluous voice, Kailash Mehra's song "Simeran Kar Le
Mere Manna". The Bhajan evoked unbelievable response from the audience.
The Kashmir Times.
As the essence of soulful singing
of Kailash Mehra percolated deep inside, the listeners enjoyed every bit of
Sangeet Sandhya organized in the lawns of Dogri Bhawan yesterday. The remarkable
aspect of singing was that not only was the singer perfect in her singing but
also she sang the songs written by eminent Dogri poet, writers and literature.
The evening provided some memorable events to the listeners, their body, heart
and soul responding with an unbelievable degree of appreciation. Kailash Mehra
captivated the audience with her magical spell. Her songs not only mesmerized
the audience but also made the listeners nostalgic about their Dogra Culture and
the ambience of rural areas where real art still breaths.
Kashmir times Jammu
OCT. 23, 1994
Claps reverberated throughtout Tagore hall Srinagar,
when Kailash Mehra started the day by singing her first song based on the
lyrics of Mehjoor
In the Light
Music Forte of Jammu & Kashmir Group
The best part of the 120 minutes show was some songs,
the Ghazals & melodies rendered by Kailash Mehra making an instant
J AN 21-1979
Kashmir in Hyderabad
The strong point in the
production is music both vocal and instrumental. The voices were dramatic and
melodious - and Kailash Mehra topping them all.
THE PALLA VI
AN UNFORGETABLE EVENING
Ravindera Kala Kheshetra perhaps
has never been so over flowing and has certainly never been a scene of more
resounding cheers. It was none of the performances of the Kashmiri Culture
Troupe. As soon as Sh. D. Devaraj Urs, the Karnataka Chief Minister entered the
hall, Miss Kailash Mehra started singing the popular song of the famous Cannada
poet, Dr. D.Dendra. Her rendering of the difficult rhyme, her flawless Kannada
pronunciation and her lilting sweet voice, took audience by complete surprise
though entirely pleasant one. Miss Mehra had picked up the tune and the song in
just one day. It was appropriate the Chief Minister paid the handsome
compliments to the artists and said that it was heart-warming gesture on behalf
of the people of picturesque Kashmir.
THE DAILY SALAR
Programe by J&K Troupe
The biggest saving grace of the
program was Kailash Mehra. Her rendering of Maqdoom Mohi-ud-din's Ghazal"
Zindagi Motiyoon Ki Dhalakti Lare" and a Bhajan of SHIVA were superb.
Kailash Mehra is talent to watch.
New Delhi Feb.05, 1979
ON LIFE/ MUSIC
I am indebted to AIR, Doordarshan , Cultural academy of J & K State,
All culturals of Kashmir, Jammu
and Ladakh plus great masters, Gurus in the Music and singing of the state who
have encouraged and groomed me as what I am today." I am grateful to her
admirers in home state, country and abroad for keeping up my sprits even in
exiled life due to ongoing militancy in the Valley.
Music is not my career but it is in my blood
devotion and dedication is a must for established or a budding artist. It is
sheer practice which has enabled me to sing in various Indian Regional languages
like Gujrati, Bengali, Tamil, Kannad etc."
says she is blessed to have got the best of both Kashmiri and Dogri culture,
“They are just like my two eyes, through which I look at the divine and offer
prayers through my songs. Singing in Kashmiri and Dogri gives me immense
satisfaction and gives me a feeling of being a proud daughter of the state.
Thursday, Jan 4, 2006
shared that :- It is very difficult for a Lady Artist to manage her time
between her family and career as a lady has to see her domestic life also but
due to the co-operation of my husband Mr. Vijay Sadhu and my mother-in-law I
could do well in my career. Things would have been different if they would not
have cooperated with me.
Mehra: Keeping Raag Marwah alive in Jammu calling music as
“Ibadat, Kailash says she wanted to sing
classical only and never wanted to opt for light music but Kailash can be
credited for some hit compositions