Suman Sridhar is a counter cultural artist, vocalist, songwriter. She traverses between and across music, video, theatre, poetry and movement. Raised in Mumbai with a foundation in the traditional Indian performing arts, Suman began singing and dancing at the age of 4. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Women’s & Gender Studies from Rutgers University, New Jersey (2006). In 2008, she co-founded Sridhar/Thayil, the lyrical post-pop music duo which Rolling Stone India magazine acclaimed as “the most experimental Indian indie has got.” Suman has sung Bollywood hits such as Khoya Khoya Chand and Muskaane Jhooti Hain. Her practice lies at the cusp of contemporary and traditional, dominant and underground forms.
Suman’s recent exhibitions include sound design for Tejal Shah’s Between the Waves (dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, 2012), Sarai Reader 09: The Exhibition (New Delhi, 2012) and Transformation 19124 (Philadelphia, 2013); her live performances include the Southbank Centre (UK), Jazzmandu Festival (Nepal), One Billion Rising (Mumbai), Soupa Nova (Berlin), The Great Escape Festival (UK), Galle Literary Festival (Sri Lanka), Coke Studio (MTV India). She was nominated for several awards in 2013 including Best Female Playback Singer-Times of India Film Awards, Best Female Indie Artist - MTV Video Music Awards India and Album of the Year- Jack Daniel's Rock Awards.
Suman is currently acting in Ajeeb Aashiq, an experimental feature film by Natasha Mendonca. She was awarded the Google-INK Trailblazer’s Grant 2014 towards developing ōlamiṭutal, a multimedia performance on loss and the female voice.
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