Led by dhol player Sunny Jain, Red Baraat is a one of a kind, global sounds band, melding the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with funk, hip-hop, rock and jazz. Comprised of dhol (double-sided, barrel-shaped North Indian drum slung over one shoulder), drumset, sousaphone, 2 horns and guitar this NYC-based group delivers an explosive stage performance. Red Baraat performed at The White House for the Initiative on Asian-American and Pacific Islander Initiative and the first ever Indian-American Presidential Inaugural Ball (Obama) in Washington D.C., as well as Padma Lakshmi’s 2015 Blossom Ball and the closing ceremony at the London Paralympics.
In the short time since their inception, 2008, the group has delivered blistering performances at Bonnaroo, WOMAD, Austin City Limits, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, Pori Jazz Festival (Finland) and Molde Jazz Festival (Norway). Red Baraat recorded the credit roll theme song for the movie, The Yes Men Fix the World and had their music featured on the TV show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Red Baraat has been featured in New York Times, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Relix and Songlines, The Guardian (England) among many others.
The group's debut album, Chaal Baby, was released in 2010 and was on the list of multiple music critics as a top world music and jazz CD of 2010. Their follow up album, Shruggy Ji, was released in January 2013 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music Charts. The band’s latest album released in 2017, Bhangra Pirates, debuted at #4 on the World Music Charts Europe.