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Twenty one year old Kush Upadhyay is a session guitarist from Mumbai, India. He started playing guitar at the age of 11 and discovered Blues to be an intriguing genre at a very early stage. 

Kush Upadhyay has been an active musician since 2011 and has been playing with various bands over the years. At the age of 13, Kush started playing live in the local venues of Mumbai. Over the years he has been a part of various bands with genres ranging from Blues, Funk, Rock, Jazz, etc. Today, Kush can be seen playing across India with bands like Kanchan Daniel and the Beards, Louiz Banks’ Guitar Synergy, Overdrive Collective, Vasuda Sharma, Shirley Setia, Hriday Gattani and his own Blues/Rock oriented instrumental project called The Kush Upadhyay Group.



Kush is one of the youngest musicians to have played some of the iconic blues festivals such as Mahindra Blues Festival in 2015 with Warren Mendonsa; An Ode To The Blues with Overdrive Collective in 2013 and The Rhythm and Blues Festival with Kanchan Daniel and The Beards in 2016.

The Kush Upadhyay Group is a solo project of Kush Upadhyay. The band is a Progressive Blues/Rock based instrumental project. Kush has four albums to his credit - Songs in the key of EP (2015); Perspective (2016); Impulsive Decisions (2017); Soon You’ll See The Old (due on 2/11/2018).


Photographer: Rituraj Dharwadkar