Vasundhara Das

Vasundhara Das (born 18 August 1977)[1] is an Indian singer, musician and actress.

Vasundhara Das
Vasundhara das.jpg
Das in 2010
Born (1977-08-18) 18 August 1977 (age 44)
Bangalore, India
OccupationSinger, actress
Years active1998–2012

Vasundhara's films include Hey Ram (Tamil/Hindi), Monsoon Wedding (English), Citizen (Tamil), Ravana Prabhu (Malayalam), Lankesh Patrike (Kannada) and several others.

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

Personal lifeEdit

She was born into a Hebbar Iyengar family on 27 October 1977 in Bangalore, Karnataka to Kishen Das and Nirmala Das. She studied at Cluny Convent High School, Bangalore, Sri Vidya Mandir, Bangalore and Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, graduating in economics, Statistics and Mathematics.[1]

She began training in Hindustani classical music at the age of six under her grandmother Indira Das, who ran a music school on the top of their house. She then joined the Lalit Kala Academy, and later studied under Pandit Parameshwar Hegde, her Guru. 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".[3] She speaks Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, English, Malayalam, Hindi and Spanish.[1][4]

In 2012, Vasundhara married her long-time friend, Roberto Narain, a drummer and percussionist.[1][5]

CareerEdit

ActingEdit

 
Das Live in a Concert

In 1999, Vasundhara debuted as an actor with Kamal Haasan in the film Hey Ram.[3] She played the lead actress alongside Mohanlal in the Malayalam movie Raavanaprabhu (2001), with Ajith Kumar in the Tamil movie Citizen (2001) and with Darshan in the Kannada movie Lankesh Patrike.[6] She also starred in Mira Nair's movie Monsoon Wedding (2001).[7][8]

MusicEdit

She worked with playback singing career with A. R. Rahman's Tamil film Mudhalvan, for which she sang the song "Shakalaka Baby",[3] which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Tamil 2001.[2] Later she worked with composers such as Vijaya Bhaskar, Yuvan Shankar Raja and G. V. Prakash Kumar. Her first film as a music composer was Paranthe Wali Gali (2014) along with Vikram Khajuria.[9]

She was a founding member of Arya, a world music band that performed in Europe and America, and broke up in 2004.[10] She has composed music at her Bangalore-based studio, The Active.[9][10] 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, Global Rhythms, Nylon Soundz,[citation needed] and The Shah Hussain Project, a collaborative album with Sufi singer Mir Mukhtiyar Ali.[11] She has a French single out in France called "L'ete Indien" in collaboration with Paris-based Agrumes Studio.[10]

Vasundhara trained under the founder of drum jam, Arthur Hull in Hawaii.[12][13] In 2013, she initiated an event, Community Drumjam at the MG Road metro station, Bangalore. It has since been run monthly by the Rangoli Metro Art Center, and Drumjam,[13][14] a Western music company she co-founded and is running with her husband.[15][16] In 2016, she conducted a drum jam session for the India national cricket team for their team building exercise initiative.[17][18]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Language Notes
2000 Hey Ram Mythili Iyengar Tamil/ Hindi Debut feature film
2001 Monsoon Wedding Aditi Verma Hindi/English [8]
2001 Citizen Indhu Tamil [4]
2001 Ravanaprabhu Mundackal Janaki Malayalam [8]
2003 Lankesh Patrike Preethi Kannada [6]
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 [8]
2007 Ek Dastak Akansha Hindi [8]

DiscographyEdit

Year Movie Song Title Composer Co-Singer
1999 Mudhalvan "Shakalaka Baby"[8] A. R. Rahman Pravin Mani
2000 Rhythm "Ayyo Pathikichu" A. R. Rahman Udit Narayan
Azad "Sonare" Mani Sharma Udit Narayan
Kushi "Kattipudi Kattipudida"[4] 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"[4] Deva Shankar Mahadevan
"I Like You"
Lagaan[1] "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"[4] 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"[4] Yuvan Shankar Raja Devi Sri Prasad
Monalisa "Kurrakaru Hero" Valisha Babji Shankar Mahadevan
2005 Anniyan (Tamil)
Aparichithudu (Telugu)
Aparichit (Hindi)
"Kannum Kannum"
"Naaku Neeku Nokia"[4]
"Gora Gora Aankh"
Harris Jayaraj Lesle Lewis, Andrea Jeremiah
Kunal Ganjawala
Lesle Lewis
Anbe Aaruyire "Maram Kothiye" A.R. Rahman Shankar Mahadevan
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"[4] A. R. Rahman Shankar Mahadevan
2008 Ullasamga Utsahamga "Chakori" G. V. Prakash Kumar Benny Dayal
2012 Yamudiki Mogudu: Ee Nela Thakkuvodu "Narottama Narottama" Koti

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Venkatesh Koteshwar (25 January 2012). "Vasundhara Das Quietly Weds Robert Narain at 'Namma Bhoomi'". mangalorean.com. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b Santosh (5 February 2017). "47th Annual Filmfare South Best Playback Singer". Archived from the original on 5 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Team KnowYourStar.com (4 July 2014). "Vasundhara Das: Musical Queen Reviving the Roots of Music". knowyourstar.com. Retrieved 21 January 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h ETimes.in (16 February 2022). "#UnforgettableOnes: 'Citizen' actress Vasundhara Das". indiatimes. Retrieved 13 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  5. ^ Namita Gupta (26 October 2011). "Drum Maaro Drum". raintreemedia.com. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  6. ^ a b Digital Native (26 September 2019). "Indrajit Lankesh to direct Hollywood film". The News Minute. Retrieved 28 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Monsoon Wedding (2001) - BFI". British Film Institute. 7 May 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Vasundhara's focus is now music therapy | Deccan Herald". 18 June 2020.
  9. ^ a b Natasha Coutinho (22 January 2014). "Vasundhara Das is busy making music". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  10. ^ a b c "Team". communitydrumjamfoundation.in. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  11. ^ TNN (16 January 2017). "Vasundhara Das's next is based on poetry". indiatimes. Retrieved 13 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  12. ^ Ranjani Govind (4 November 2019). "The rhythm is going to get you". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  13. ^ a b "Drumjam: Roberto Narain & Vasundhara Das". inktalks.com. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  14. ^ Brinda Das (29 October 2019). "Vasundhara Das to hold music workshop in Bengaluru on November 3". New Indian Express. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  15. ^ Chetana Divya Vasudev (19 November 2013). "Dancing to the drums". New Indian Express. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  16. ^ Jayashree Narayanan (24 June 2020). "The power of the voice and drum is not to be taken lightly: Vasundhara Das on music as therapy". Indian Express. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  17. ^ "Bonding over Music: Kohli & Co jam over drums with Vasundhara". indiatimes. 3 July 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  18. ^ Bipin Dani (5 July 2016). "Anil Kumble wanted band to 'Drumjam': Vasundhara Das". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 22 June 2022.

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