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Kiran Ahluwalia: Kiran Ahluwalia

With this first international release, the India-born, Toronto-based vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia-winner of a 2004 Juno Award-aspires to be one of this generation’s premier South Asian diaspora artists. A native of Punjab, Ahluwalia says that her specialty is ghazal, a centuries-old style in which impassioned, gorgeously evocative love poems are set to music. Indeed, this release shows her commitment to ghazals: along with three traditional Punjabi songs, the rest of the tunes here are Ahluwalia’s own compositions, setting contemporary poems penned by fellow Canadian desis (South Asians).

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