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bright-eyed youngster who wants to use her superior vocals to
further her career. A dreamlike offer which leads her to don
the greasepaint and share screen space with one of the demi
gods of Indian cinema. Vasundhara Das has a nice little
fairytale etched out for her life. From the gleam in her eye
as a teenager, to her film offers, Vasundhara has achieved it
all. And she is thirsting for more.
Vasundhara's vocals have been blessed by the gods themselves.
She had made up her mind to pursue singing as a career when
in school, and invested serious time and effort on it. She
trained under Pandit Parameshwara Hegde of Keherwana Gharana,
and carried her interest in singing to college, where she was
a permanent and reassuring fixture on stage, and in choirs.
She won accolades by the hundreds, and this assured a firm
foundation for the future. She also learnt to sing in other
languages like Spanish.
Vasundhara's first celluloid break came with the Tamil film
Mudhalvan, under the musical baton of A R Rahman. She voiced
sensuous siren Sushmita Sen for Shakalaka baby, and the song
was a resounding success. Meanwhile, Vasundhara's life was
branching out to include another facet - acting. She was
initially approached for Mani Rathnam's Alaipayuthey, but the
role eventually went to Shalini.
But the story did not end there. Kamal Haasan wanted a fresh
face to play his second wife in his mammoth labour of love
Hey Ram. The role catapulted her to the higher eclelons of
cinema. Though the film sank without a trace, as the
sprightly Mythili, Vasundhara had made a dent. Meanwhile, she
was also making inroads into the music circuit, and released
her first private album, Meri Jaan. The album was an eclectic
blend of myriad elements and worked very well for her.
Celluloid acclaim was soon to follow. Vasundhara seemed now
to earn her place as a Rahman favourite, and sang in Rhythm.
But he had more ambitious things in store for her. Lagaan was
a monument in the Hindi music industry, and Vasundhara was
given an opportunity to flex her vocals, this time in
English, for British leading lady Rachel Shelley. This was
the biggest turning point of her career.
Vasundhara now seems to have carved a definite path to
success, and is being noticed by more composers. Anu Malik
has entrusted her with two challenging tracks in Aks, where
she matches voices with the likes of KK. She donned the
greasepaint once again for Citizen, and romanced heartthrob
Ajith. Life is a two-ring circus for this dynamic young
performer, and she is poised to scale greater and greater