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Where I Last Got Paid to Sing
Who is Bombay Rickey?

by Michelle Latour



Kamala Sankaram in Bombay Rickey
Many successful singers today have thriving careers because they do not put limits on themselves. They discover unconventional ways to make a living in the performing arts by creating their own opportunities. Bombay Rickey, a five-member band headed up by coloratura soprano Kamala Sankaram, embodies this ideal perfectly.

The band’s website, bombayrickey.com, best describes their sound. “Praised as ‘a true treat for the adventurous ear’ (TimeOut New York), Bombay Rickey is a five-piece band with a unique sound evocative of 1960s movie soundscapes. The group plays both covers and original music that borrow equally from the worlds of surf rock, cumbia, spaghetti-Western, and Bollywood, balanced out with soaring operatic vocals. [Their] debut album, Cinefonia, was named best debut of 2014 by New York Music Daily and received the Vox Pop Award for Best Eclectic Album from the Independent Music Awards.”

CS spoke with the classically trained Sankaram...
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