Kiran Ahluwalia was born in India, grew up in Canada, and now lives with her husband, guitarist and musical collaborator, Rez Abbasi, a native of Pakistan, in New York City. A longtime follower of Ghazals, she is one of the few modern artists to compose new music for this form of poetry. Kiran immersed herself in Indian classical music and Ghazals from the time she was seven. At the same time, she travelled throughout Punjab, immersing herself in the style and approach of Punjabi folk songs.
Sometimes an album turns up, that just gets under your skin. Wanderlust does that and more. Kiran Ahluwalia creates an intoxicating world of heightened emotions, something that Ghazal singers in India have been doing for hundreds of years. Most numbers in the album are accompanied by typical Indian instruments like Tabla and Sarangi, as well as the Harmonium. The CD was released in the US in 2007 and in Europe in 2008. All of her albums have been nominated for JUNO Awards, the highest musical honour in Canada.