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Suman Shridhar

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At 28 Suman Sridhar is part of the electropop duo Sridhar/Thayil, has sung for a wildly popular TVC in 2010, lent her voice to 2 movie sountracks, done theater both in Mumbai and NYC,been part of jazz collaborations in New York earned herself a degree in Western Classical music from Rutger University,New Jersey and was named one of the top 9 Indian Artists to watch out for by Rolling Stones Magazine.

Originally from Chembur (Mumbai) the Sridhar family moved to America when Suman was 14. Suman’s roots in classical Carnatic music comes from her parents. Even so she spent her formative teenage years soaking in Jazz influences all across the east coast (US). It wasn’t till her twenties, during her travels across India. that Suman discovered a talent for composing . Around the same time she met up …with Jeet Thayil at a performance in Bangalore. In 2008 the duo Sridhar/Thayil performed at the Galle Festival in Sri Lanka followed by Southbank Centre in London, and are now a favourite at the annual Prithvi Theatre Festival in Mumbai. Sridhar/Thayil also run a sister project , an opera production called ‘The Flying Wallas: Opera Noir’ . Not surprising considering Jeet’s background as a published poet and Suman’s appearances across America in the musical ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Yoni Ki Baat’.

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