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WOMEN N MUSIC FESTIVAL: SUNANDA SHARMA - LIGHT INDIAN CLASSICAL VOCAL

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Sunanda Sharma has an ethereal quality that transcends beyond time and space
As a disciple of Smt Girija Devi, Sunanda began singing at the age of five, training under her father,
Pandit Sudarshan Sharma, a violinist. Born in Dah near Pathankot in Himachal Pradesh, she
majored in Indian classical vocal from the Punjab University and came out with flying colours.
It was at Baba Harivallabh Sammelan in Jallandhar in 1990 that she met her Guru Ginija Devi and
then began an eight-year-long tapasyaand a dream was realized. Girija Devi took Sunanda to the
holy city of Banaras where Sunanda began learning Indian classical vocal under the guru-shishya
parampara. It was a gradual shift from the Punjab Gharana to acquiring the style of the Banaras
Gharana. Khayal, tappa, thumri, dadra, hori, gajri, chaiti - Sunanda deftly picked up the finer
nuances of each, much to the admiration of her guru. She is at ease with both the classical as well
as the semi-classical styles of singing. "It is only with the blessings of my guru that I am able to sing
theCharon Pat ki Gayaki, which otherwise is difficult to master", says Sunanda.
At the Tansen Samaroh in Gwalior, Girija Devi was bestowed the Tansen Award and Sunanda was
more than pleased to sing in honour of her guru. Sunanda shares a mother-daughter relationship
with her guru and Banaras is now second home to her. After her ganda bandhan, a tradition
associated with music, she went to England and gave her first solo performance in April, 2000 at
the concert 'Generation Y2K' Later, in August, she, a young artist, was for the first time invited as a
visiting professor to the University of London to teach music.
Sunanda has much more to her credit than her voice. She anchored Auditions for Sa Re Ga Ma
and Antakshri on Zee TV and was featured as a guest artist in Sa Re Ga Ma; She has sung for a
Punjabi Film 'Mirza Sahiba'; was interviewed by Radio BBC in 1998; is on the panel of SPICMACAY
and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and had received the Outstanding Young
Person Award from Indian Junior Chamber in Chandigarh.
One of the sought after vocalists in the classical and light classical genre of vocal music.
Accompanied by Tabla & Harmonium.
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