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Winner of the Vox-Pop award for World Traditional Song of the year at the 10th US Independent Music Awards 2011 (IMA), Marty 2012 award by Mississauga Arts council and Toronto Best World CD Award by Toronto Exclusive Magazine 2010, Toronto based Indo-Canadian musician Vandana Vishwas is one of the leading exponents of South Asian music in North America. Vandana specializes in composing, arranging and singing Sugam-Sangeet, a sub-genre of Indian music comprising expressive song forms such as Ghazals, Bhajans, Geet and Thumri.
The international success and critical acclaim of Vandana's debut CD 'Meera - The Lover...', released in 2009, has catapulted Vandana into the north American World Music scene, where within a very short time, she has carved a niche for herself. Apart from winning these awards, Vandana has been nominated for several other awards such as the Canadian Indies 2010, TIMA (Toronto Independent Music Awards) 2010, Marty Awards 2010 by Mississauga Arts Council (honourable mention) and 2011, K.M. Hunter award for music by Ontario Arts Council 2011, to name a few.
Vandana was born in historical Indian city Lucknow and raised in the pristine wilderness of BALCO (Bharat Aluminum Company) Nagar, Korba, Chhattisgarh (a central region of India that boasts of a few still prevailing aboriginal tribes and is also hailed as one of the most naturally abundant mining region of India. Chhattisgarh was recently recognized as a bonafide province of India.) She completed her bachelor's degree in Architecture (B. Arch.) from Government Engineering College (now National Institute of Technology) in Chhattisgarh's capital city Raipur. She was an AIR (All India Radio) artist in Raipur and Ambikapur stations and also appeared on various Doordarshan programmes while she was in India. She later became an AIR Delhi artist and also performed at the prestigious Achharya Brihaspati Sammelan organized by Sur Singar Samsad in Mumbai before she left India.