Suman Sridhar

India / U.S.A

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Suman Sridhar is an artist, musician and performer. She traverses between and across music, performance art, spoken word, theatre, film/video. Her recent works have featured as part of exhibitions at dOCUMENTA (13) and the Tate Modern. Suman has received accolades for her interpretations of Hindi classics- she has sung Bollywood chart toppers such as 'Khoya Khoya Chand' (Sony Music) and 'Muskaanein Jhooti Hai' (T-Series), and was nominated for several awards including Best Female Playback Singer-Times of India Film Awards and Best Female Indie Artist - MTV Video Music Awards India. Suman received the Google-INK Trailblazer’s Grant 2014 towards developing a multimedia musical on loss and the female voice.

Raised in Bombay by musician parents with a rich foundation in the traditional Indian performing arts, Suman began singing and dancing at the age of 3. When her family migrated to the United States at the age of 14, she went on to explore jazz, hip hop and opera in the NYC area. Suman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Women’s & Gender Studies from Rutgers University, New Jersey. In 2008, she co-founded Sridhar/Thayil, the lyrical post-pop music duo which Rolling Stone magazine acclaimed as “the most experimental Indian indie has got.” Their studio record STD was released in 2012.

Suman is excited about her acting debut in a feature film by award-winning filmmaker Natasha Mendonca. She is currently creating her debut solo album and has been jamming with a live looper and her father on tablas.

Live, Radio & Televised Performances:
Southbank Centre (UK)
BBC - World Service (UK)
Jazzmandu Festival (Nepal)
The Great Escape Festival (UK)
Kochi Biennale (India)
Coke Studio (MTV India)
Radio Mirchi Music Awards (India)
One Billion Rising (Mumbai)
Soundtrek (Fox Life India)
Soupa Nova (Berlin)
Galle Literary Festival (Sri Lanka)
National Centre for Performing Arts (India)

Stage Productions (co-director & co-producer):
Yoni Ki Baat (South Asian Women’s Collective, New Jersey)
The Flying Wallas: Opera Noir (Prithvi Theatre Festival, Mumbai)

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  1. natasha mendonca
  2. Vincent Moon / Petites Planètes