Indian pop music group Kailash Kher’s Kailasa will headline the fourth concert of the Twilight Dance Series at the Santa Monica Pier Thursday, July 29.

All Thursday night summer concerts on the pier begin at 7 p.m. and are free to the public. There will be a wine garden for concertgoers and a free bike valet is available on the south side of the pier.

Kher, a pop singer from India with an inspiring personality, has become a household name across the subcontinent, a festival promoter said. He rose from a humble upbringing outside of New Delhi to being appointed a judge for the 2008-09 season of Indian Idol.

While Kher studied classical Indian music in his early years, he says it was the traditional folk songs sung by his father that had the most influence on the young artist. In 2001, after a foray into the business world, Kher left New Delhi for Mumbai, home to the highly competitive Bollywood film and music industry.

Kher’s first recording was an advertising jingle for a diamond company and after recording a handful of jingles, he caught the attention of producers and film composers in Mumbai. By 2004, he was performing on some of the biggest hits in Bollywood.

The pop singer has been heard in over 60 soundtracks and near 200 jingles.

After being introduced to brothers Naresh and Paresh Kamath, fixtures of the Indian rock and jazz scene, they formed Kailash Kher’s Kailasa, combining Kher’s traditional folk sensibilities and lyrics with the Kamath brothers’ more modern rock, electronic and funk influences.

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