The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 1, Sculpture Garden
Madame Gandhi. Photo: Wendy Figueroa

Kiran Gandhi, drums, vocals, DJ

Kiran Gandhi, known by her stage name, Madame Gandhi, is an artist and activist based in Los Angeles. She grew up between New York and Bombay, and developed her aptitude for drumming as a teenager. While pursuing mathematics and women’s studies at Georgetown University, she started playing as a drummer with Thievery Corporation and toured with the band to Bonnaroo 2010 and Virgin Mobile Fest. While working for a few years as the first digital analyst at Interscope Records, she met the rapper and electronic artist M.I.A., who invited her to perform with her band on a world tour. Simultaneously, Kiran was accepted into the MBA program at Harvard—and she characteristically decided to do both. In 2015 she ran the London Marathon while bleeding freely to combat menstrual stigma around the world, advancing a global conversation about how we treat menstruation in various cultures. On graduating, she finished writing her debut EP, Voices, released in 2016, inspired by the marathon. She also traveled the world to write and speak about political topics such as menstrual stigma. She continues to engage in both activism and music, noting, “My mission is to elevate and celebrate the female voice.”

Every Thursday in July and August, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
Live music begins at 6:30 p.m. Regular Museum admission applies. Performances take place in the Sculpture Garden. In the event of rain, the Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. The musical component of Summer Thursdays 2018 celebrates musicians living and working in New York City. Organized in collaboration with PopRally, the series hosts a variety of sounds that explore the City’s expansive musical landscape. Each evening, unique sonic flavors fill the Sculpture Garden with a range of blended genres such as dream punk, Afrofuturist soul, funk fusion, hip-hop, experimental, and lo-fi baroque pop.

This event is part of Summer Thursdays.