"My earliest memories are with music running in the
background, it was the family around the gramophone or the spool player or the
tape recorder, or my mother and father singing classical Indian music, my sister
playing the veena..."
Being blessed with such a musical background it was not long before I asked for
a veena of my own and classes began soon thereafter. While I continued to listen
to music by Henry Mancini, Andre Kostelanetz and Percy Faith, Michael Jackson on
the one hand, and our great Indian film composers, S D Burman, R D Burman, Salil
Chowdhary and others on the other hand, my musical tastes grew wide ranging and
deeply rewarding. In my teens I would write poems, set them to music in my head.
To do so better, I took up guitar classes as well.
I had an opportunity to watch while famous film composer Vijayabhaskar was at
work and he told me "Why not be my assistant, you have very good ears!"
That's when I took up composing seriously. Then came the journey with musical
software and I was delighted to see how much I could put together and then to
sing or play the veena on the track was really the peak of musical happiness for
Suchitra Lata, classical veena player, has trained under illustrious veena
teachers like, Neela Roy (Kalyanakrishna Bhagavathar school), Rajeshwari
Padmanabhan (Karaikudi school) and continues to learn with Maestro Chitravina
As a composer/lyricist, she writes in English, Tamil and sometimes in French.
Her music is a mix of her long and ardent Indian classical music training and
her fortunate exposure to every genre of music from country, Broadway, jazz,
Hindustani and rock since childhood. Full of unexpected chord progressions, with
an Indian lilt, many of her songs also feature the veena played in different
At present Suchitra Lata has composed music for a couple of Bollywood style
feature films, jingles for radio stations like Gold FM Ajman UAE, music for
corporate films (Bosch, Praxair, Madura Clothing) licensed music for brands
world-wide (Calin Mia, Cabi Clothing, Jacob's coffee) and composed TV titles and
4 albums in diverse genres. Her music is licensed world-wide and is played on
instore radio channels in the USA as well as across Europe.
She is part of a hot new electro-acoustic band "Soular Flare" featuring her
vocals and production, Trilochan Kampli on the tabla and Paulson Joseph on the
electric sitar. A wicked mix of pop and lounge, unique veena, classical tabla
and funky jazzy sitar - Western music with an Indian soul!
The great journey of music via an Indian musican's soul!
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