Wasanti Paranjape, Musical Pioneer

The musical life journey of Mrs. Wasanti Paranjape began in Akola, a small town near the geographic centre of India, in the state of Maharashtra. Born in 1927, she was one of nine children, six of whom were girls. Her Brahmin parents, Shridhar Anant and Kamala Sohoni, believed in professional education for both girls and boys. They also recognized the importance of music as religious expression and as a manifestation of Indian heritage at a time when the country was still under British rule. By cultivating music in the home and encouraging their children to learn classical music, they supported the movement for an independent, progressive India.
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Map of India, showing Akola, Maharashtra

Map of India, showing Akola, Maharashtra

Family enjoys elephant ride in front of their home

Family enjoys elephant ride in front of their home