Vasundhara Das

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Vasundhara Das
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Born Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Occupation Singer, actor, composer, entrepreneur, speaker, songwriter
Years active 1998–present

Vasundhara Das is an Indian singer, actress, composer, entrepreneur, speaker, songwriter and environmental activist. Vasundhara's films include Hey Ram (Tamil / Hindi)), Monsoon Wedding (English), Citizen (Tamil/Telugu), Ravana Prabhu (Malayalam), Lankesh Patrike (Kannada) and several others. Vasundhara has worked with composers such as A.R. Rahman, Vishal-Shekhar and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to name a few. Vasundhara's current focus is on music composition at her Bangalore based studio called THE ACTIVE. She has also been involved in several independent projects such as Channel V Jammin', BBC's HIV awareness anthem for India 'Har Kadam', Mission Ustaad, Arya, Global Rhythms, Nylon Soundz and most recently, The Shah Hussain Project, a collaborative album with Sufi singer Mir Mukhtiyar Ali.

Personal life[edit]

Vasundhara Das was born into a Tamil speaking Hebbar Iyengar Brahmin family[1] in Bangalore.[2] She studied at Cluny Convent High School, Bangalore, Sri Vidya Mandir, Bangalore and Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, graduating in Economics, Statistics and Mathematics. She began training in Hindustani classical music under her grandmother Indira Das and later trained under Lalita Kaikini and Pandit Parameshwar Hegde In her college days, she was a lead singer of a girl band and soprano in the college choir. She is multilingual and speaks Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Spanish and English. Vasundhara married her long-time friend, Roberto Narain, a drummer.[3]

Career[edit]

Actress[edit]

In 1999, Vasundhara began acting with Kamal Hassan in the film Hey Ram. She played the lead actress alongside Mohanlal in Malayalam movie Raavana prabhu, Ajith Kumar in Tamil movie Citizen and Darshan in the Kannada movie Lankesh Patrike. She also starred in Mira Nair's movie Monsoon Wedding.

Music[edit]

She started her playback singing career with A. R. Rahman's Tamil film Mudhalvan, for which she sang the song "Shakalaka Baby", and thereby winning the Filmfare Best Female Playback Singer Award 2001.[citation needed] She has a French single out in France called L'ete Indien in collaboration with Paris based Agrumes Studio. She was a founding member of Arya, a world music band that has performed in Europe and America and broke up in 2004.

Others[edit]

As a speaker, she has given talks at conferences like INK Talks in association with TED, Confederation of Indian Industries' Conference for Women Entrepreneurs, AIMA's 7th National Brand Summit, TEDx and The Mentor Conclave. She wrote the inaugural blog post for IIT Kanpur's eCell Blog. As an entrepreneur, Vasundhara, along with partner Roberto Narain run DRUMJAM, a company that uses the medium of music and rhythm for corporate training, team building and community building. Her studio with partner Roberto Narain, The Active, has produced The Shah Hussain Project, an album of contemporary Sufi music.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Language Notes
1999 Hey Ram Mythili Iyengar Tamil/ Hindi Debut feature film
2001 Monsoon Wedding Aditi Verma Hindi/English
2001 Citizen Indhu Tamil
2001 Ravanaprabhu Mundanckal Janaki Malayalam
2003 Lankesh Patrike Preethi Kannada
2003 Film Star Lila, An inmate Hindi
2004 Vajram Gemini Malayalam
2004 Pathar Bezubaan Kalpana Varma Hindi
2006 Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamana Natasha Hindi
2007 Ek Dastak Akansha Hindi

Discography[edit]

Song Title Composer Language Movie
"Rabba Rabba" Anu Malik Hindi Aks
"Aaja Gufaon Main" Anu Malik Hindi Aks
"Chale Jaise Hawaein" Anu Malik Hindi Main Hoon Na
"No Entry" Anu Malik Hindi No Entry
"Teetar" Tauseef Aktar Hindi Mr. Black Mr. White
"Akela Tera Dil" Anu Malik Hindi Good Luck
"Oh Rey Chori" A.R. Rahman Hindi Lagaan
"Shakalaka Baby" A.R. Rahman Hindi Nayak
"Pappu Can't Dance" A.R. Rahman Hindi Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
"Kahin To" A.R. Rahman Hindi Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
"Shut Up, Aa Nachle!" Anu Malik Hindi Ugly Aur Pagli
"Kaun Kiska Hua Hai Yahan" Sagar Desai Hindi Bheja Fry
"Soni Soni" Aadesh Srivastav Hindi Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein
"Hai Junoon" Aadesh Srivastav Hindi Alag
"Gustaakhiaan" Aadesh Srivastav Hindi Aankhen
"I'm Ready for Love" Aadesh Srivastav Hindi Saavan
"Jo Maangi Khuda Se" Aadesh Srivastav Hindi Saavan
"It's the Time to Disco" Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy Hindi Kal Ho Na Ho
"Where's the Party Tonight?" Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy Hindi Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
"Kiss of Love" Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy Hindi Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
"Rabba Pyar Se Mila De" Sunil Darshan Hindi Talash
"Ashaon Ke Zuban Par" Bhavatarini Hindi Mitr: My Friend
"Salaame" Pritam Hindi Dhoom
"Shake Your Body" Pritam Hindi Har Pal
"Salaam Namaste" Vishal & Shekhar Hindi Salaam Namaste
"Door Se Pas" Vishal & Shekhar Hindi Musafir
"Darna Zaroori Hai" Shailendra Swapnil Hindi Darna Zaroori Hai
"Bindas" Bapi – Tutul Hindi Paisa Vasool
"Ishq Diwaani" Dilip Sen Hindi Icy n Spicy
"Kattipudi Kattipudida" Deva Tamil Kushi
"Shakalaka Baby" A.R. Rahman Tamil Mudalvan
"Haiyo Patikiche" A.R. Rahman Tamil Rhythm
"Secret of Success" A.R. Rahman Tamil Boys
"Dating" A.R. Rahman Tamil Boys
"Hei Hei Ennache" A.R. Rahman Tamil Kadal Virus
"Osaka Muraya" A.R. Rahman Tamil Alli Arjuna
"Machchakkaari" A.R. Rahman Tamil Jillanoru Kaadal
"Marungottiye" A.R. Rahman Tamil A Aa
"I Like You" Deva Tamil Citizen
"Pookara" Deva Tamil Citizen
"Colourful Nilava" Deva Tamil Doubles
"Athill Puthili" Deva Tamil Virumpukiren
"Azagiya Kaadal Mayava" Ranjit Barot Tamil Achaam Thavir
"Patthu Viral" Illayaraja Tamil Dhanush
"En Manathil" Harris Jayaraj Tamil Samurai
"Kannum Kannum Nokia" Harris Jayaraj Tamil Anniyan
"Angela" T.S. Muralidharan Tamil Sri
"Naa Vechan" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil Popcorn
"Manmadan" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil Manmadan
"Yerimalai Naane" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil Kanda Naal Mudhal
"Laila Laila" Praveen Mani Tamil Little John
"Poove Punnaga Kaatu" Bharadwaj Tamil Parthen Rasitthen
"Ei" Dina Tamil Ade Nila
"Shakalaka Baby" A.R. Rahman Telugu Ode Okkadu
"Hayo Patikichu" A.R. Rahman Telugu Rhythm
"Nachore Nachore" M.M. Keeravani Telugu Yamadonga
"Dating" A.R. Rahman Tamil Boys
"Secret of Success" A.R. Rahman Telugu Boys
"Sonare" Mani Sharma Telugu Azad
"Sye" Keeravani Telugu Saye
"Ney Padithe Lokamey Padadha" Vandemataram Srinivas Telugu Misamma
"Andulona Undi" K.M. Radhakrishnan Telugu Maya Bazaar
"Ee Nada Manninalli" Vijay Bhaskar Kannada Neela
"Hejje Hejje Maathaadu" Vijay Bhaskar Kannada Neela
"Car Car Huduga Banda" Babjee Sandeep Kannada Mona Lisa
"Nodkond Baaro Andre" Babjee Sandeep Kannada Lankesh Pathrike
"Sajini" A.R. Rahman Kannada Sajini
"Mandakiniye" Jazzi Kannada Hudugaata
"To Be Frank Agi" Dharma Kannada Thottilu
"Aaja Yaramere" M.G. Radhakrishnan Malayalam Praja

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