At the center of Kiran Ahluwalia’s music is love in all its shades - yearning romantic love and Sufi mysticism. Born in India, raised in Canada and currently living in New York City, she is a modern exponent of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan which she honors intensely yet departs from in masterful, personal ways. Her original compositions embody the essence of Indian music while embracing influences from both the West and Africa -- specifically the Sahara. With her 5-piece group of electric guitar, harmonium, tabla and electric bass, Ahluwalia creates boundary-blurring songs that invite us to explore the human condition, transcending the self by losing ourselves in love.


Ahluwalia's 2011 album, Aam Zameen: Common Ground, was awarded her second Canadian Grammy - the prestigious JUNO Award. Her discography, now six albums deep is one of global music’s most interesting furrows.


In Kiran’s words, “When you take two styles of music and merge them together and you don’t want a simple cut and paste, then you’re really developing a new hybrid genre. You’re doing something with no clear blueprints to help you. For me it’s important to blur the musical boundaries between my Indian background, influences from Western sound and the things I love from the Sahara. It’s incredibly invigorating when you feel a connection with things from different cultures and then figure out ways to connect them seamlessly in your music. Those moments of discovery are nothing short of sublime. It’s really the essence of everything for me.”


Her ease of manner on stage makes her a unique and inspiring performer whose legion of fans grows with every captivating performance. Her music has garnered glowing praise from critics around the world. “Ahluwalia is busy honing a transnational sound as fresh as tomorrow” (Seattle Times) and “Her’s is a voice destined to enchant more than one generation” (fROOTS).


Her latest recording, Sanata: Stillness, is a synthesis of Indian, Western jazz and Saharan sounds - all of which she brings into a style uniquely her own. Writing both the words and music for her newest release, Kiran’s songs speak about the unattainable, both the beloved and the divine, realizing female desire by throwing away all shame, and untying the knots that bind us to stale embraces. Her compositions and arrangements are a reflection of an ongoing quest to create timeless music in a modern and global context that looks to the future while still maintaining a vital line to its storied past.


Recently Kiran Ahluwalia has won the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award - Best Solo World Music Album.



BOOKING AVAILABILITY: General Availability


Recently awarded:

2015 Canadian Folk Music Award - Best Solo World Music Album


"A deep understanding of one's own traditions and the instinct to embrace others' with a delicate touch."

Globe and Mail


Ahluwalia is busy honing a transnational sound as fresh as tomorrow."

Seattle Times


"Her crystal clear voice arched superbly above rhythms that coursed through the evening of fascinating, newly revealed music."

Los Angeles Times


"She has a voice destined to enchant more than one generation."




Sanata One Sheet


Whole Note Review


NPR.ORG Review


Now Magazine Review


Listen on BBC Radio


Live Interview with Dave o Rama



Kiran Ahluwalia Presents

LOVEfest : Welcome the Stranger

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Worldwide Management:

Global Arts Management

Josh Keller

Tel: 250-360-2406



Canada & US Agents:

Folklore Productions International

Matt Greenhill and Mel Puljic

Tel: 310-451-0767



Steve Heath

Alma Artist Booking & Management



International Agents:

France, Switzerland, Austria: Walter Laurer, GL


UK, Ireland:  Jaswinder Singh, Asian Arts Agency


Italy: FramEvolution - World Music Management


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