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Interview with Charu Suri

Charu Suri was born in South India. She is a pianist, composer and journalist and released her first original jazz album, Lollipops for Breakfast, in November, which won a Global Music Award. She is currently working on two upcoming albums including “The Book of Ragas” which combines Indian raga idioms and jazz. She is also an award-winning journalist and writes about travel for various publications. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and six-year-old daughter.

  1. What inspires you?

    People who are beautiful, in and out, and who seek the beauty in the world.

  2. What is one book everyone should read?

    I love all the classics! I’m a fan of Dickens and Tolstoy. My top recommendation would probably be The Little Prince

  3. Who is an Asian woman that you look up to?

    I have a deep respect for Arundhati Roy, the author of The God of Small Things

  4. What is something you wish more people knew about you?

    If I take a long time to reply to your email or inquiry, it’s because I’m trying to write a meaningful response- I’m not trying to be rude!

  5. How does your heritage influence your career?

    My Indian heritage deeply influences my jazz music. My upcoming album, the Book of Raga, is a blend of traditional South Indian Raga and jazz

  6. What is the *worst* advice someone has ever given you?

    To try to be someone else

  7. Describe yourself in three words.

    Passionate, determined, and ethical

  8. What is your go-to coffee order?

    A creamy soy latte

  9. What do you consider to be the biggest problem facing Asian women today to be?

    We’re seen as submissive and traditional: but in reality we’re passionate, outspoken fighters

Instagram: @CharuSuriMusic

Twitter: @CharuSuriMusic

Facebook: @CharuSuriTrio

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