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Musical Background:

Vasundhra Rajagopal, a native of Srirangam, Trichirapalli district, Tamilnadu, commenced her musical training from Gana Ratna Vidwan Sri N Gopala Iyer, a descendant of the illustrious composer, Koteeswara Iyer. Within a short of span of five years she matured into a performing artiste. In 1974, she left the Indian shores for Canada where she lived for over two decades. While at Canada she continued to nurture her interest in Carnatic music by giving a number of concerts and by training a number of youngsters, some of whom have blossomed into concert artistes. Her daughter Nisha Rajagopal, who also had her initial training under Vasundhra is one of the rising young stars in Carnatic music today. She moved with her family back to India in 1995. She now resides at Chennai, where she continues her quest for excellence in music.

Academic Qualifications and Professional Achievements:

Vasundhra graduated from Delhi University with a Master of Science degree and later got her CMA (Certified Management Accountant ) in Canada. She worked in a management position while at Toronto, Canada at Bell Canada. Upon moving to India, she held the position of Financial Analyst at United States Agency for International Development (USAID), New Delhi and later a Senior Executive position with a multinational company at Chennai. She relinquished her professional management career in 1999 in order to devote her complete attention to Carnatic music.

Tutelege in Carnatic Music:
  • Commenced training with Gana Ratna Vidwan Sri N Gopala Iyer ( a descendant of the illustrious composer Koteeswara Iyer).
  • Had the opportunity to benefit from the guidance of Sangeeta Kala Acharya Vidwan Sri Calcutta K S Krishnamurti.
  • Currently under the guidance of Sangeeta Choodamani Vidwan Sri T R Subramaniam and Sangeeta Kala Acharya Vidwan Sri P S Narayanaswamy.

Prizes and Awards in Carnatic Music:

  • Awarded the Gold Medal in 1972 from the Central Government for winning the first prize for three consecutive years in the Inter-Ministry Music Competition.
  • Recipient of the first prize in the All India Radio Music Competion in 1972.
  • Received the Canada Council Grant for Advanced training in Carnatic Music in 1992.

Major Performances:

  • Has given concerts in almost all the major cities in India and the United States and Canada.
  • Performed in almost all the leading Sabhas in Chennai like the Krishna Gana Sabha, Narada Gana Sabha, Karthik Fine Arts etc.
  • Recital for fund raising effort for "Nellie's Shelter home for Battered Women" in Toronto, Canada, in the presence of the Canadian Prime Minister Mr. Brian Mulroney in 1991. The event raised over $60,000.
  • Participated in a thematic fund raising programme for Gujarat Earthquake victims in 2001 at Chennai. The event raised Rs. 25,000.