skip navigation | text only | accessibility | site map

Kiran Ahluwalia

Kiran Ahluwalia is a performer of two distinct styles of vocal music from the Indian subcontinent, now India and Pakistan. She sings ghazals and Punjabi folk songs. The word ghazal is an Arabic word that means "to talk to women". Given that men have traditionally spoken to women a great deal about love, the name attached itself to a form of poetic sung verse that originated in Persia about 1000 years ago and reached India around 400 years later. This happened about 600 years before Kiran Ahluwalia was born but was to have a profound effect on her life.

Watch Past Performances

Kiran Ahluwalia 9/22/07: Kiran Ahluwalia

Trained in classical Indian singing, Indo-Canadian vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia performs the ghazal form and folk songs of Punjab, her family’s home region, accompanied by tabla, guitar, and harmonium.

Kiran Ahluwalia

Trained in classical Indian singing, Indo-Canadian vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia performs the ghazal form and folk songs of Punjab, her family’s home region, accompanied by tabla, guitar, and harmonium.
Kiran Ahluwalia 8/20/05: Kiran Ahluwalia

Vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia entertains audiences with Punjabi folk songs and ghazals, a form of poetic sung verse that originated in Persia and later reached India—music firmly rooted in tradition yet taking a contemporary turn.

Kiran Ahluwalia

Vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia entertains audiences with Punjabi folk songs and ghazals, a form of poetic sung verse that originated in Persia and later reached India—music firmly rooted in tradition yet taking a contemporary turn.

Comments