From a staunch Tamilian background, Susheela Raman’s parents came from Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu to London in the mid-sixties. At the age of four, Raman and her family left the UK for Australia. Susheela grew up singing South Indian classical music and began giving recitals at a very early age. She recalls how her family “were eager to keep our Tamil culture alive.” However, as a teenager in Sydney she started her own band, describing its sound as “funk and rock and roll”,  before branching out into more blues and jazz-based music, which demanded different voice techniques. She tried to bring these streams together when in 1995 she travelled to India to rediscover her roots by way of further exploring Carnatic music.