Wasanti Paranjape, Musical Pioneer

The Paranjapes soon determined that the social and political climate in the United States was not to their liking. As Mrs. Paranjape explained, "There were two racial groups in America: namely white and black, and we did not belong to either. Therefore we finally decided to move back to India." In the meantime, her husband was offered a position in Canada at the University of Alberta. In 1961 the Paranjapes moved to Edmonton with their three young children: two sons and one daughter. Uncertain where exactly Edmonton was located, they imagined finding themselves at the North Pole, at the end of the world. Wasanti fondly recalls, "In Canada, we were warmly welcomed by people with open arms and big hearts. We loved everything about this city and made this city our permanent home."
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A photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Paranjape in their garden

A photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Paranjape in their garden

Wasanti Paranjape with Ensemble students

Wasanti Paranjape with Ensemble students