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Charu Suri: The Book Of Ragas

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Charu Suri takes piano jazz and combines it with the sounds of her native India on The Book Of Ragas. The set is a freshening of the format, with vocalist Apoorva Mudgal, a performer of ghazals (lyric poems) and Sufi music, contributing. Suri first recording, 2019's Lollipops For For Breakfast (Amala Records), took its inspiration, in part (the title tune) from her daughter's unconventional first meal of the day request. It also offered up a beautiful cover of ...

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Charu Suri: Lollipops for Breakfast

Read "Lollipops for Breakfast" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

It is a funny word, “lollipop." A melodious roll of the tongue terminated by two percussive “P" sounds separated by one puff of air, ended by another. A musical word, occasionally showing up as an integral part of a song: “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows," Leslie Gore's 1963 pop hit; 1958's “Lollipop" by the Chordettes; 1956's “My Boy Lollipop" from Barbie Gayle; “My Girl Lollipop," a 1982 recording by the group Bad Manners; and not forgetting “On The Good Ship Lollipop," ...

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Take Five with Charu Suri

Read "Take Five with Charu Suri" reviewed by Charu Suri

About Charu Suri Born in South India, Charu Suri started playing the piano at the age of five, and also studied the veena as well as Carnatic music (vocals). A concert pianist since the age of nine, Suri has performed in several venues in India, including Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi, as well as in the United States and Europe. She won an international piano competition at the age of fifteen, started composing at a very young age and ...


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