Vasundhara Das

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Vasundhara Das
Vasundhara das.jpg
Das in 2010
Born (1977-10-27) 27 October 1977 (age 43)
OccupationSinger, actor, composer, entrepreneur, speaker, songwriter
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)
Roberto Narain
(m. 2012)

Vasundhara Das (born 27 October 1977) 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), Ravana Prabhu (Malayalam), Lankesh Patrike (Kannada) and several others. Vasundhara has worked with composers such as A. R. Rahman, Vijaya Bhaskar, Yuvan Shankar Raja and G. V. Prakash Kumar 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.

She won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer - Tamil for the film Mudhalvan[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

She was born into a Hebbars Iyengar Brahmin family[3] on 27 October 1977 in Bangalore, Karnataka and 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 was soprano in the college choir. In an interview, she states that - "I got booed off the first time I sang on stage".[4] She is a polyglot and speaks Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, English, Malayalam and Spanish. In 2012, Vasundhara married her long-time friend, Roberto Narain, a drummer.[5]

Career[edit]

As an actress[edit]

Das Live in a Concert

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

Music[edit]

She worked with 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.

Other Work[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. Also, she has done a critically acclaimed play Wake up Call with an off-Broadway Theatre company, Chilsag Chillies in 2012.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Language Notes
2000 Hey Ram Mythili Iyengar Tamil/ Hindi Debut feature film
2001 Monsoon Wedding Aditi Verma Hindi/English
2001 Citizen Indhu Tamil
2001 Ravanaprabhu Mundackal 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
2006 Corporate Herself Hindi
2007 Ek Dastak Akansha Hindi

Discography[edit]

Year Movie Song Title Composer Co-Singer
1999 Mudhalvan "Shakalaka Baby" A. R. Rahman Pravin Mani
2000 Rhythm "Ayyo Pathikichu" A. R. Rahman Udit Narayan
Azad "Sonare" Mani Sharma Udit Narayan
Kushi "Kattipudi Kattipudida" Deva Shankar Mahadevan
Moodu Mukkalaata "Prema Vikramarkudu" M. M. Srilekha S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
2001 Neela "Hejje Hejje Mathadu" Vijaya Bhaskar Solo
"Ee Nada Manninalli"
Citizen "Pookari Pookari" Deva Shankar Mahadevan
"I Like You"
Lagaan "O Rey Chhori" A. R. Rahman Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik
2002 Adrustam "Hollywood Handsome" Dhina Karthik
2003 Lankesh Patrike "Nodkond Baaro Andre Babji-Sandeep Babji-Sandeep
Boys "Sarigame" A. R. Rahman Lucky Ali
"Dating"
Misamma "Ney Padithe Lokamey Padadha" Vandemataram Srinivas
Juniors "Night Jorugunnadi" Chakri Tippu
Mee Intikosthe Yem Istharu Maa Intikosthe Yem Testharu "Cienmallo Gani" Ghantadi Krishna
Kal Ho Naa Ho "It's The Time To Disco" Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy KK, Loy Mendonsa, Shaan, sadhna sargam
2004 Sye "Sye" M. M. Keeravani Kalyani Malik, Smita
"Ganga AC"
Thumsup "Vanitha Vanitha" Jeevan Thamos
Manmadha "Thathai Thathai" Yuvan Shankar Raja Devi Sri Prasad
Monalisa "Kurrakaru Hero" Valisha Babji Shankar Mahadevan
2005 Aparichithudu "Naaku Neeku Nokia" Harris Jayaraj Kunal Ganjawala
Salaam Namaste "Salaam Namaste" Vishal-Shekhar Kunal Ganjawala
2006 Happy "I Hate You" Yuvan Shankar Raja Ranjith
Mayabazaar "Andulona Undi" K. M. Radha Krishnan K. M. Radha Krishnan
Hanumanthu "Neevu Kottina" Vandemataram Srinivas Naveen
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna "Where's The Party Tonight?" Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Joi Barua, Shaan
Sarada Saradaga "Yenno Janma Janmala" S. V. Krishna Reddy Kunal Ganjawala
2007 Hudugaata "Mandakiniye" Jessie Gift Jessie Gift
Vijayadasami "Deepavali" Srikanth Deva Naveen
Sillunu Oru Kaadhal "Machhakkari" A. R. Rahman Shankar Mahadevan
2008 Ullasamga Utsahamga "Chakori" G. V. Prakash Kumar Benny Dayal
2012 Yamudiki Mogudu: Ee Nela Thakkuvodu "Narottama Narottama" Koti

References[edit]

  1. ^ "47th Annual Filmfare South Best Playback Singer : Santosh : Free Down…". archive.is. 5 February 2017. Archived from the original on 5 February 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.deccanherald.com/metrolife/metrolife-on-the-move/vasundhara-s-focus-is-now-music-therapy-851086.html
  3. ^ "Welcome to Sify.com". 9 December 2015. Archived from the original on 9 December 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Musical Queen Reviving the Roots of Music". Retrieved 21 January 2015.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Manglorean – Vasundhara wedding". Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.

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