Sunanda Sharma. Carrying forward the legacy of the legendary vocalist of Benaras Gharana, the highly revered Dr. Vidushi Girija Devi, a Padma Bhushan awardee and a doyen of Indian classical vocal music, Sunanda is a leading vocalist amongst the young generation.
The salubrious environment of her small native village in Himachal Pradesh called Dah near Pathankot was ideal for Sunanda to develop her natural flair for singing as she comes from a musical family. She started training under the guidance of her father Pandit Sudarshan Sharma when hardly 5 and went on to graduate in music and thereafter topping off her academic achievements with a Gold Medal for her Masters in Indian classical vocal music from Punjab University.
The musical journey reached another milestone when Smt Girija Devi took Sunanda under her wings after spotting her at the Hariballabh Sangeet Sammelan, Jullandhar. This was the beginning of a training in the Gurushishya parampara which saw Sunanda living, serving and learning music from her guru in Benaras and Kolkata for 9 years that has a distinct flavour of the musical grandeur of the temple town of Kashi. The guidance continues even today as the Guru and her shishya continue to perform and leave an imprint of their music, a melodious blend of shastra and bhav paksh on the conscious of music connoisseurs at festivals, concerts, baithaks etc., in India and abroad.
A proud Smt Girija Devi in an interview to The Indian Express summed up the accomplishments of her disciple as, «My legacy will be taken forward through the beautiful thumris, chaitis and kajris sung by Sunanda. She has amazing control over her taans». Praise coming from her Guru is the best compliment a disciple can get.
she´ll first come to work in the forest before and at Sjøbygdafestivalen 2013. Singing for for audience all ages. Then, later, come for more work and forest life!