Wasanti Paranjape, Musical Pioneer

Chanting Hindu religious scriptures, particularly the Bhagavad Gita, was a daily practice for the whole family. Mrs. Paranjape remembers her father waking her at dawn to tell her the day's verse, which she was expected to set to a raga. It was her mother, however, who inspired her to study music. Kamala Sohoni was an accomplished performer of kirtan and of North Indian classical music, singing such genres as khayal, thumri, and bhajan. When she sat down to practice, the entire family joined in. Two of her sons played tabla, her eldest daughter played sitar, and her second daughter, Wasanti Paranjape, sang and accompanied her on the harmonium.
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Wasanti Paranjape with her mother and siblings

Wasanti Paranjape with her mother and siblings

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