British Indian musician Susheela Raman celebrates a birthday today – she turns 46. Growing up in Australia, she sang in the Carnatic style and started doing recitals very young. She formed her own band in Sydney, making music in a style that she called “funk and rock and roll”, but soon leaned towards blues and jazz-based sounds, mastering the different voice techniques required for this. IN 1995 she decided to spend time in India – her parents were from Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu – to discover her roots and explore Carnatic music in greater depth. A could of years later she moved to England to work with partner and now husband Sam Mills, a guitarist and producer who had been looking into Bengali Baul music. Some of Raman’s best known albums include Salt Rain, Love Trap, Music for Crocodiles and Ghost Gamelan, which released last year.
We wish her a very happy 46th birthday with a few of our favourite songs from her repertoire…
- Yeh mera deewanapan hai
- Tanpa nama