Wasanti Paranjape, Musical Pioneer

In 1954 Wasanti entered into an arranged marriage with Balachandra (Bala) Paranjape, a young physicist, also from Maharashtra, who was living in England studying for his doctorate. According to custom, Wasanti (born Vatsala Sohoni) received a new name from her husband. As she explained it, "Marriage signifies a new life, like being reborn, and you get a new name." Wasanti and Bala Paranjape started their married life in Liverpool. Bala Paranjape encouraged his new wife to learn and practice Hindustani music. As Wasanti remembers, "When my husband found out that I like classical Indian music, he bought a harmonium and four volumes of Bhatkhande music books for me."
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