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Kiran Ahluwalia

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It took many years for Kiran Ahluwalia to find one of the last living masters of ghazal, a form of sung poetry that dates back to 14th century India. When she met Vithal Rao, her teacher and the last living court musician of the king of Hyderabad, she was exposed to a bygone era, a time before Indian independence when princes and kings employed court musicians to put music to ghazal poetry.

In a twist of fate, Kiran is now a bridge to this colorful past and has emerged as one of the most preeminent composers of contemporary ghazals. Because there is such a vast repertoire of this music today, there are very few ghazal composers. Singers usually stick to the true classics. But Kiran has long been on a path to mastery so that she could one day compose for the sensual and highly literary poetic form.

She started her training as a young girl. “When I was growing up in India, very few people had recordings of any kind,” Kiran recalls. “We would listen to the radio, and when a song came on that I wanted to learn, my mother would quickly write down the lyrics for me.” Kiran studied Indian music from the time she was seven, first in India and then in Canada where she immigrated with her parents. She learned music part time alongside high school and university studies.

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  • Eyoki

    Lovely voice.

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • hibernative

    this is great. amazing voice.

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • wong87

    fabulous - cannot stop listening her song when i came across her video with Tinariwa ( Indian + Desert blue)

    9 Mar 2011 Reply
  • greg_valou

    i met Kiran at a concert in Vancouver, she says she has a new album coming out in January... it will have a version of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's Mustt Mustt!

    15 Jun 2010 Reply
  • LeyeF

    Who beautiful.. Teray Darsan.. !

    12 Dec 2009 Reply
  • zanelamour

    Just discovered her. "Teray Darsan" = WoW!

    17 May 2009 Reply
  • Masterploxis

    I discovered her music on a Lufthansa Flight to China. I had tears in my eyes when the tabla began to play in "Teray Darsan". This music is unbelievable !

    23 Jan 2009 Reply
  • LeighBCD

    I love the mix of ghazal and portuguese music on Wanderlust - it works so well.

    11 Jan 2009 Reply

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