|This article relies on references to primary sources. (October 2008)|
|Occupation||Actor, Musician, Writer|
|Years active||1989- present|
Luke Kenny is an Indian ex-video jockey, critic, musician, director, producer and actor.
Born in Calcutta on 14 June, Kenny moved to Bombay when he was a small child. His great-grandparents were Irish. They moved to Burma, where his grandfather was born. After World War II, his grandfather came to Delhi where he met his wife, Luke's grandmother, who was British. Luke's father was subsequently born in Delhi. The family then moved to Calcutta, where Luke's father met his wife, Luke's mother's parents were Italian. Luke's parents separated when he was young, and subsequently his grandparents and father moved to Bombay in the early 1970s. Luke's heritage is Irish-Italian-British by blood, yet Indian by birth and territory. Brought up by his grandparents and father, who were all musicians, his musical education began very young.
As a child, living in a suburb of Bombay called Thane, he attended kindergarten and primary education at Bharat English High School. He later enrolled in St John The Baptist High School, where he finished his secondary education. After school, Kenny enrolled at Elphinstone College. but then he had to leave his college education in the midway due his earnestness of pursuing music and performing culture.
Kenny started his career as a solo dancer in 1989. Spotted at one college dance competition, he joined Arshad Warsi's dance team as a chorus dancer and associate choreographer from 1990 to 1992.
From 1992 to 1994, he worked as a DJ. In 1995 he became India's first Indian male VJ on Channel V.
In 1998, he became the head of music programming and artist relations for Channel V, a post he held until 2008.
In early 2005 he returned to Channel V as the face of the show Luke's After Hours, which featured a selection of music videos specially chosen by him.
In later 2005, Kenny directed and produced his first feature film, 13th Floor, starring Purab Kohli and Sandhya Mridul. This was India's first digitally shot and released film. It was filmed over the course of six days. The film is 80 minutes in length and features two actors in an elevator. The film was released on 17 March 2006 by Kenny's own production company, Kenny Films Pvt Ltd. It played at Fame Cinemas and Fun Republic Theatres for a week.
13th Floor was also selected for the following festivals:
- Tromafling International Film Festival, Edinburgh 2005
- Temecula Valley International Film Festival, California 2005
- Sports Movies TV India International Film Festival, 2006
- International Film Festival of India, 2006
- Cape Town Bollywood Film Festival, South Africa 2007
- International Film Festivall, Ahmedabad, Gujrat 2010
In 2006, Kenny directed 3 music videos:
- Dil (Artist: Sidharth, Producer: Nisha Kreation)
- Humein Jeene Do (Artist: Tauseef & Cheryl, Producer: Film Foundation of India)
- Kyon (paanch tatva) (Artist: Sidharth, Producer: Nisha Kreation)
He writes a weekly music column in the Hindustan Times supplement HT Cafe, which appears every Friday. It is called If I May Say So.
He recently signed on as contributing editor for Rolling Stone India, writing a column called LukeBox, and a live music column called Gig-A-Bites.
He is directing a trilogy based on origins of Zombies, of which first part is slated to release in monsoon 2012.
On 31 October 2008, Kenny appeared in the Rock On For Humanity Concert, a charity event fronted by Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani and Arjun Rampal, benefiting the Nargis Dutt Memorial Charitable Trust. Kenny co-hosted the event with actress Sophie Choudry.
in 2009, he bagan touring with his band, playing shows across the country, performing original songs and music. Ranging from colleges to pubs to festivals, he pursued his original content with much passion. Luke's songs—including "Tripwire", "Dark Knight", "New Moon" and "Hard Lovin' Woman"—have been quite popular with the audiences.
In mid 2010, he and his band of musicians have entered the studio to record his original material, which he hopes to release sometime soon. Throughout the last quarter of 2010, he toured the country playing Nirvana tribute concerts to much acclaim.
Luxury Train Journeys in India
1. 'Pride of the South'. The seven day voyage travels through the southern state of Karnataka visiting rich historical sites such as Hampi. Luke continues his journey ending up in Goa.
2. 'Splendor of South'. A journey through the history and culture of the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The train travels through Trichy, Thanjavur, Madurai, Kanya Kumari and Alleppy before ending in Cochin.
3. 'Royal Rajasthan on Wheels'. Kenny climbs aboard the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels for a seven day trip taking in the countryside and monuments of Rajasthan, the erotic temples of Khajuraho, Varanasi and the Taj Mahal. Duration: 60'
4. 'The Indian Maharaja'. A luxury train that begins in Mumbai, passes through Maharashtra and Rajasthan before ending in Delhi. Highlights include visits to Aurgangabad, the ancient caves of Ajanta and Ellora, the wilds of Ranthambore National Park and the royal city of Jaipur.
5. 'Maharaja's Express'. A journey aboard the latest luxury train, which has been operating since January 2010 and is one of the most exclusive, and expensive, in the whole Indian sub-continent. The Princely India tour has been devised to cover all the major cities in Rajasthan as well as introduce new royal destinations such as Vadodara in Gujarat.
- "Luke Kenny's Zombie? to come in three parts : Bollywood News - India Today". Indiatoday.intoday.in. 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
- "Luke Kenny Goes Down the Social Route," RadioandMusic.com, 13 February 2013.
- Travel Channel (UK) website, retrieved 6 March 2012