Music for Crocodiles

Susheela Raman (Tamil: சுசீலா ராமன்; born 21 July 1973) is an acclaimed British Indian musician. Raman has released five albums since 2001 and was nominated for the 2006 BBC World Music Awards. Raman’s debut album Salt Rain was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2001

Name of song: Music for Crocodiles

Composer: Susheela Raman

Performed by: Susheela Raman


Music for Crocodiles, Raman's third album, was released in 2005. It had been partly recorded in Chennai (Madras), India. The album included "The Same Song" which was used by Mira Nair for the end credits of her film The Namesake. (Nair also used Raman's version of the 60's Hindi film song "Ye Mera Divanapan Hai" from the previous album).

On Music for Crocodiles Raman sang for the first time in French on "L'Ame Volatile".

Raman's training in Carnatic classical music makes its presence felt in Tamil classical titles such as "Sharavana," her singing "Meanwhile" (on the same album) in a rāgam called Kanakaangi, and in the song "Light Years" which features a melody in Kalyani rāgam as well as the veena playing of Punya 'Devi' Srinivas.

In 2006 Susheela was again nominated for a BBC World Music Award and was the subject of a one-hour documentary by French-German TV Channel ARTE, called Indian Journey directed by Mark Kidel.

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