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Born in a traditional cultural Hebbar Iyengar family, to have musical leanings was natural. But somewhere along the way Vasundhara she lost interest in Indian classical music and fell in love with western music. That was until she met Pandit Parmeshw ar Hegde who got her back to Indian classical music. Under him, Vasundhara trained in Keherwana gharana of Hindustani classical music. “In college, I got into experimenting with music left right and centre, dabbling in western music, doing corporate shows. He got upset and for a year didn’t allow me to come to his class. Finally my mother had to intervene. He told her I want to know what is she listening to these days. I took the CD of Azerbejani Jazz singer, pianist and musician Aziza Mustafa Zadeh. He heard it and said, “I have never heard anything like that. We struck a deal that I would him bring him the CD of whatever I would listen to,” recalls Vasundhara.

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