Praised as “strikingly original” (New York Times), Kamala Sankaram has received commissions from Beth Morrison Projects, HERE Arts Center, Opera on Tap, and Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra, among others. Awards and grants include: Jonathan Larson Award, NEA ArtWorks, MAP Fund, Opera America, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Augustine Foundation, and the Anna Sosenko Trust. Residencies and fellowships: MacDowell Colony, the Watermill Center, the Civilians, HERE Arts Center, CAP21, Con Edison/Exploring the Metropolis, the Hermitage, and American Lyric Theater. As a resident artist at HERE Arts Center, she created Miranda, a steampunk murder mystery, which was the winner of the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical.
As a performer, Kamala has been hailed as "an impassioned soprano with blazing high notes" (Wall Street Journal). She has performed with and premiered pieces by Anthony
Braxton, Beth Morrison Projects, the Philip Glass Ensemble, the Wooster Group, and Petr Kotik, among others. She is the frontwoman for the band Bombay Rickey, whose debut album was nominated for a 2015 Independent Music Award.
In addition to her musical pursuits, she has been a voice actor on Comedy Central’s Superjail, and holds a PhD in Cognitive Psychology.