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Suman Sridhar

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Suman Sridhar
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actor
Instruments Voice, Piano
Years active 2008–present

Suman Sridhar is an Indian singer, songwriter, and actor. Sridhar works between and across music, performance art, theatre and film[1] She was awarded the Google-INK Trailblazer's Grant 2014[2] towards developing a multimedia opera integrating Tamil folk music. She co-produced and acted in her debut feature film Ajeeb Aashiq / Strange Love by award-winning filmmaker Natasha Mendonca which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2016 and received the Bright Future Award nomination.[3]

Early life and background

Sridhar earned an undergraduate degree in Western Music and Women's & Gender Studies from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.[4]


In 2008, Sridhar co-founded Sridhar/Thayil,[5][not in citation given] the lyrical post-pop music duo which Rolling Stone magazine acclaimed as "redefining indie music in India."[citation needed] Their studio album STD was released in 2012.[citation needed] The duo is known for "their cabaret-like attitude and improvisational chaos on stage."[4]

Sridhar's original theatre productions as writer-director-performer include Yoni Ki Baat (South Asian Women's Collective, USA, 2003) and The Flying Wallas: Opera Noir (Prithvi Theatre Festival, India 2009). Her performance art and sound design works include Between The Waves by Tejal Shah (dOCUMENTA 13, Germany 2012), The Kochi Intervention (Kochi Biennale 2014) and Transformation 19124 (Flying Kite, Philadelphia 2012) amongst others.

In its 2014 listing of "25 Greatest Indian Rock Songs of the last 25 Years", Rolling Stone India featured Punk Bhajan (STD, 2012) – Sridhar/Thayil.[6]


  • Positive (2013) by DCF (India)
  • STD (2012) by Sridhar/Thayil[7] (India)
  • Baby, Let's Bathe in Blood (2012) by White Fire Studios (Australia)
  • Classic Bollywood: Shaken Not Stirred (2010) by Mikey McCleary (Sony Music)
  • Petri Dish Project (2010) by Blue Frog Records (India)
  • These Errors Are Correct (2008) by Tranquebar Press (India)
  • Brown Circles (2006) by Apple & Orange Studios (USA)
  • Bliss Beyond (2005) by Earth Tones Music (USA)


Year Film Songs Language Composer
2016 Jaundya Na Balasaheb "Mona Darling" Marathi Ajay-Atul
2015 Bombay Velvet "Fifi" Hindi Mikey McCleary
2012 Talaash "Muskaanein Jhooti Hai" Hindi Ram Sampath
2011 Shaitan "Hawa Hawai", "Khoya Khoya Chand" Hindi Mikey McCleary
404 Error Not Found "Kya Dekh Raha Hai" Hindi Imaad Shah
Luv Ka The End "Tonight" English Ram Sampath
2010 Ayesha background score Hindi Amit Trivedi


Year Award Category Role Result Ref.
2013 Times of India Film Awards Best Female Playback Singer Singer Nominated [citation needed]
2013 MTV Video Music Awards India Best Female Indie Artist Singer-Songwriter-Producer Nominated [citation needed]
2013 Jack Daniel's Rock Awards Band of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Female Vocalist Singer-Songwriter-Producer Nominated [citation needed]
2013 Femina Women's Awards Music Category Singer-Songwriter Nominated [citation needed]
2012 Radio Mirchi Music Awards Upcoming Female Vocalist of the Year Singer Nominated [citation needed]
2012 Color Screen Awards Best Female Playback Singer Singer Nominated [citation needed]
2009 Jack Daniel's Rock Awards Emerging Band of the Year Singer-Songwriter-Producer Won [citation needed]


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