Los Angeles-based musician Kiran Gandhi performs as Madame Gandhi. The drummer, activist, producer, and music industry thinker has toured with M.I.A and Thievery Corporation. Gandhi’s “The Future is Female” climbed to #8 on the Viral US Top 50 Spotify Charts following the 2017 Women’s March, and her solo EP Voices has received critical acclaim from outlets like FADER, Paper Mag, Billboard, and Milk.
Gandhi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics, political science, and women’s studies from Georgetown (COL ’11) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (2015). She has used her degrees to run her own musical project as well as advise music companies Spotify, Stem, Bonnaroo, Pandora, YouTube and D’addario. Kiran spent two years serving as Interscope Records’ first-ever digital analyst, studying patterns in Spotify and YouTube consumption behavior. In 2015, she ran the London Marathon free-bleeding to combat period stigma around the world, sparking a global viral conversation about how we treat menstruation in various cultures.
She has performed at large and small venues, including the Oslo World Music Festival, Toronto’s Venus Festival, Pitchfork Music Festival, Roskilde Festival, Bonaroo, SXSW, and the Museum of Modern Art. Madame Gandhi’s mission is to elevate and celebrate the female voice. As she declares in a spoken-word breakdown on album closer “The Future Is Female”: “I want to live in a world that is collaborative/A world that is emotionally intelligent/A world in which we are linked and not ranked!”
Madame Gandhi is brought to Lotus Blossoms in collaboration with the IU Arts and Humanities Council/India Remixed Festival.