Renowned playback singer Sid Sriram made waves at Coachella 2024 with a groundbreaking performance that showcased the rich heritage of Tamil religious music. Closing his set with Thiruppugazh, a collection of devotional songs dedicated to Lord Murugan, Sriram left a lasting impression on the audience and etched his name as the first South Indian artist to grace the Coachella stage.


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In a heartfelt Instagram post, Sriram shared a video of his performance, accompanied by a poignant message explaining his choice to incorporate Thiruppugazh into his set. 'If you had told 9-year-old me that I’d close my @coachella set with the Thiruppugazh my mother had just taught me, I probably would’ve chuckled and went back to daydreaming,' he wrote, reflecting on his journey from his childhood in Chennai, India, to the global stage of Coachella.

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Sriram, who hails from a background steeped in Carnatic music, seamlessly blended elements of Carnatic and R&B to create a unique musical experience for his Coachella audience. His decision to spotlight Thiruppugazh not only honored his cultural roots but also served to elevate Tamil religious music onto the global platform of Coachella.

In another Instagram post, Sriram shared a heartfelt moment with his father, acknowledging his unwavering support and guidance throughout his musical career. 'Epitome of relentless drive, passion, rigour, and honesty. My manager, mentor, and father Ten toes all the way down, onwards and all the way upwards,' he wrote, expressing gratitude for his father's integral role in his journey.

Sriram's performance at Coachella marks yet another milestone in his illustrious career, which includes not only playback singing in Tamil and Telugu films but also composing for notable productions like 'Vaanam Kottatum,' a venture by acclaimed filmmaker Mani Ratnam. As a frequent collaborator with Oscar award-winning composer AR Rahman, Sriram continues to push boundaries and redefine the landscape of Indian music on the global stage.