Kiran Ahluwalia

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Kiran Ahluwalia
Kiran Ahluwalia performing
Kiran Ahluwalia performing
Background information
Born (1965-07-01) 1 July 1965 (age 57)
Patna, India
OriginToronto, Canada
Occupation(s)Singer and composer
Years active2000–present

Kiran Ahluwalia is a Canadian singer, songwriter who infuses African desert blues and Western musical styles. Kiran Ahluwalia won the 'Newcomer' category in the inaugural Songlines Music Awards (2009) – announced 1 May 2009 – the new 'world music' awards organised by the UK-based magazine, Songlines.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Ahluwalia was born in Patna, grew up in Delhi and moved to Toronto at the age of nine.[2] After completing her MBA at Dalhousie University, she returned to Toronto with the plan of being in the financial services industry, she changed her mind and went back to India to study music and then returned to Toronto to build her career as a musician.[3]

Ahluwalia is married to guitar player and co-arranger Rez Abbasi, and currently lives in New York.

In 2016, Ahluwalia was one of the recipients of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards presented by Canadian Immigrant Magazine.[4]


Title Release Record label Awards
Kashish — Attraction 2000 Kiran Music nominated for 2002 Juno Award, Best Global Album
Beyond Boundaries 2003 Kiran Music winner of 2004 Juno Award, World Music Album of the Year[5]
Kiran Ahluwalia 2005 Triloka Records
Wanderlust 2007 Four-Quarters Entertainment nominated for 2008 Juno, World Music Album of the Year

winner of 2009 Songlines/WOMAD Best Newcomer Award

Aam Zameen – Common Ground 2011 Kiran Music (Canada), Avokado Artists Recordings (United States, Europe, Australia) winner of 2012 Juno Award, World Music Album of the Year

winner of 2011 Canadian Folk Musi Award – Best World Solo Artist

Sanata : Stillness 2014–15 ARC/Magenta
7 Billion 2018

With Rez Abbasi

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  1. ^ "Songlines - Music Awards 2009 - recognising outstanding talent in world music". Songlines. 29 May 2009. Archived from the original on 29 May 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  2. ^ Rizvi, Anam (11 July 2014). "Indo-Canadian Singer Kiran Ahluwalia Epitomises "Two Cultures in One Person"". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Kiran Ahluwalia Pursues the Beloved: The Nexus of Ghazal Love Poetry, Canadian Celtic Fiddle, and Time-Honored Pick Up Lines 2005 Album". wRock Paper Scissors. 8 February 2005.
  4. ^ "Canadas Top 25 Immigrants 2016". Canadian Immigrant. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  5. ^ "CARAS Scores A Hit With 2004 Juno Awards". Soul Shine. 5 April 2004. Archived from the original on 10 October 2018.

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