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The rising star



Bageshree Vaze...Trained in her craft. Photo: V. Sudershan.

ONE WORD just can't define Bageshree Vaze. A dancer trained in Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi and ballet, a Hindustani classical vocalist, a choreographer and now an Indipop singer. Donning seriously her latest craft, she has recently come out with her debut music album, "Bageshree" brought out by Crescendo Music. And for those MTV fans, she should be a familiar face by now as this whole of February, Bageshree is the channel's `Ubharta Sitara.'

Living most of her life in Toronto, Canada, this 20 something says all the ten numbers of her album "is a compilation of musical influences and ideas, Indian classical, American and English pop and Hindi film music."

Already on to planning her next album along with a video of it as this time, she is at present all set to stick to pop singing.

"I learnt dance in India with Guru T.K. Mahalingam Pillai, Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam and Pandit Birju Maharaj. I completed by Arangetram at 16," informs this Pune-born about herself, also adding that she first studied Hindustani vocal music from her father Damodar Vaze and later from Veena Sahasrabuddhe.

"But let me tell you that my base in classical music has really helped me in singing these light numbers. Without proper training, you just can't compete," she says. Enjoying her appearance in MTV's show, "Love Line" alongside master veejay Cyrus Barocha earlier this month, she comments with a grin, "He is just crazy, absolutely so." Well, does this say something about the lady too?

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