Suman Sridhar

Suman Sridhar [1] is a singer, songwriter, and actor. Sridhar works in music, performance art, theatre and film. She co-produced and acted in her debut feature film Ajeeb Aashiq/Strange Love by filmmaker Natasha Mendonca which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2016 and received the Bright Future Award nomination.[2] Suman is trained in Bharat Natyam classical dance and Indian Classical music and studied Western Classical Music, Women’s & Gender Studies and Visual Arts from Mason Gross Rutgers University, USA. Suman has sung chart topping Bollywood film songs. Her performances include venues like National Centre for the Performing Arts (India), Southbank Centre (UK), BBC- World Service (UK), Coke Studio (MTV India), Sound Trek (Fox Traveller India), NH7 Weekender (India), Radio Mirchi Music Awards (India), Mijwan Fashion Show (India), Jazzmandu (Nepal), Galle Literary Festival (Sri Lanka), The Quarter: Royal Opera House (India), The Great Escape Festival (UK), One Billion Rising (India) etc.

Suman Sridhar
The Black Mamba
Spouse(s)Natasha Mendonca

Her work has been part of art exhibitions such as Transformation 19124 (Philadelphia), Sarai Reader 09 (India), What Happened 2081? (German) and Between the Waves at dOCUMENTA (13) (Germany). Suman has produced, written and performed in original works such as Yoni Ki Baat (South Asian Women’s Collective, USA), The Flying Wallas: Opera Noir (Prithvi Theatre Festival, India) and All That Remains is Flight. Suman is one half of the audio-visual music duo The Black Mamba [3] which had an album world preview at the Tate Modern Museum, London (2017), inaugurated the 20th Contemporary Arts Festival, VideoBrasil_Sesc, São Paulo (2017) the Kochi Muziris Biennale, India (2016) and headlined at the Ziro Music festival, India (2016). The Black Mamba's live cinema piece Land of the Breasted Woman won a Sesc_Videobrasil residency prize at the Wexner Center for the Arts (USA).


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'(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.[4]


Year Film Songs Language Label
2016 Ajeeb Aashiq / Strange Love Music Director English/Hindi Transient Films
2016 Jaundya Na Balasaheb "Mona Darling" Marathi Zee Studios
2015 Bombay Velvet "Fifi" Hindi Sony Music
2012 Talaash "Muskaanein Jhooti Hai" Hindi T-series
2011 Shaitan "Hawa Hawai", "Khoya Khoya Chand" Hindi Apple Music
404 Error Not Found "Kya Dekh Raha Hai" Hindi Saga Music
Luv Ka The End "Tonight" English Apple Music


Year Award Category Role Result Ref.
2017 Sesc_Videobrasil Residency award at Wexner Center for the Arts for Ajeeb Aashiq/Strange Love Co-producer, Lead Actor, Music director Won {{[5]}}
2017 LSF Hamburg International Queer Film Festival Jury Prize, Best Film for Ajeeb Aashiq/Strange Love Co-producer, Lead Actor, Music director Won {{[6]}}
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 Mirchi Music Awards Upcoming Female Vocalist of the Year Singer Nominated [7]
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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  2. ^ "Strange Love". 18 January 2016.
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  4. ^ "The Search for Rolling Stone India's 25 Greatest Indian Rock Songs of the last 25 Years". Rolling Stone India. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
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  7. ^ "Nominations - Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2012". Retrieved 27 April 2018.

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