Kiran Gandhi

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Kiran Gandhi [1] (born 1989) is an electronic music producer, drummer, artist and activist. She is also known by her stage name Madame Gandhi.[2] Her music career includes being a touring drummer for artists M.I.A., Thievery Corporation, and Kehlani. Gandhi's music and activism focuses on female empowerment and Fourth-wave feminism. In 2015, she ran the London Marathon bleeding-freely on her period as a symbolic act to combat global menstrual stigma. She has performed at music festivals such as Pitchfork, Lightning in a Bottle, Roskilde and SXSW.

Early life[edit]

Gandhi, born in 1989, is the daughter of philanthropist Meera Gandhi and social entrepreneur Vikram Gandhi.[3] Growing up Gandhi spent time in both New York City and Bombay, India.[4]

Career[edit]

In 2011, she received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in mathematics, political science and women's studies. After graduating she began an internship as the first digital analyst at Interscope Records, based at Santa Monica, CA. This position later became full-time. She used her mathematics skill to analyze patterns in Spotify streaming data and other digital media.[4][1][5]

In 2012, Gandhi recorded live drums accompanying the M.I.A. track Bad Girls. In February 2013, M.I.A. wrote to Gandhi praising the recording and asked her to play drums for the tour supporting the album Matangi.[1] At the same Gandhi accepted an offer to study at Harvard Business School.[6] Gandhi left Interscope Records in 2013[7]

In 2015, she ran the London Marathon bleeding freely on her period as a symbolic act to combat menstrual stigma around the world, sparking a viral conversation about how menstrual health and hygiene is treated in various cultures.[8]

In 2015, Gandhi received her MBA from Harvard University.[4]

In 2016, Gandhi's debut EP Voices was published.[6]

In 2017, Gandhi collaborated with female-identifying producers to release Voices Remixed. That year, she also ran the Vancouver Marathon and was the opening act for Ani DiFranco's Rise Up Tour. She toured internationally including Europe and India, and also spoke at Airbnb, Pandora, Spotify, the United Nations and on college campuses.

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