Priya Ragu is a Sri Lankan Tamil-Swiss singer-songwriter who is popular for her songs Good Love 2.0 (2020) and Lighthouse (2021) from her debut mixtape Damnshestamil..In the 1980s, her parents flee their hometown Jaffna, Sri Lanka, amidst the Sri Lankan civil war. Leaving their home and hearth, they migrated to Switzerland. Childhood picture of Priya Ragu (middle).Born to refugees parents, she grew up in the Swiss village Bazenheid, St Gallen. She first gained insight into the Sri Lankan culture when she went on a family trip to Toronto, home to numerous Tamil expatriates. The similarities between Sri Lankan and Tamil culture introduced Ragu to her roots. While recalling her trip to Toronto, she said, Theres way more Tamil there than in Switzerland. Seeing Tamil restaurants, Tamil shops, even the bus driver was Tamil!.She started playing the violin at the age of seven.While growing up she used to listen to Tamil soundtracks, particularly by the composers Ilaiyaraaja and A.R. Rahman. Her introduction to western music happened when she listened to songs by the American hip hop group Fugees, comprising of musicians Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Pras Michel.Intrigued by music, she joined her fathers band as a singer at the age of ten. In the band, her father played the Tabla and her brother played the keyboard.Her fathers friendship with the owner of an instrument store gave their band access to the stores rehearsal room, where, once a week, they practiced their songs.When Ragu and Gold were young, their father made them sing at Tamil community events and weddings. With the money that they collected via singing at such events, they provided aid to people in Tamil Nadu and Jaffna.Her parents strict nature led her to become a loner. In an interview, she said, My parents were very protective. They just wanted the best for us. I wasnt able to do the things that my schoolmates were able to doThey were able to do sleepovers and I was never allowed to do that, so of course they would leave me out..Consequently, Ragu moved from St. Gallen to the vibrant and one of Switzerlands largest city Zrich in search of job opportunities. There she started working at Swiss International Air Lines as a technical purchaser buying aircraft parts; meanwhile, performing at open-mic nights and jam sessions.