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Her soul's voice

chandigarh Updated: May 08, 2012 10:32 IST
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She says she reflects the young generation's inquisitive mind. During a live concert at Books N Brew in Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Saturday, Gurgaon-based singer Pragnya Wakhlu talked about her journey from being an IT professional in the US to a performing artiste in India and her upcoming album.

As she croons numbers from Journey to the Sun, her debut album, 33-year-old Pragnya says the compilation that includes Naive, In the Rain, Rise and Flying High, are inspired from the many experiences of her life.

Starting out as a one-woman band of Soul Strings, Pragnya affirms it seemed a bit far-fetched then. "But today, when I look back, I feel excited," adds the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter.

Over the past few years, Pragnya has been gaining popularity in the Indo-western music scene. She also recently shared the stage with bands Shaair+Func, The Raghu Dixit Project and Parikrama, apart from giving a solo performance at the Kasauli Rhythm and Blues Festival. One of the highest points of her career, smiles Pragnya, is the praise she received from renowned singer Shubha Mudgal.

Other achievements of the singer include bagging third place in the Best Female Vocalist category in the Indiego Music Awards (Southeast Asia 2011), being nominated for the Best Female Act in the Global Music Awards in 2011 and being nominated twice for the Best Female Vocalist award in Jack Daniel's Rock Awards in 2010 and 2011.

As Pragnya's vocals and creative performances bag the limelight, she gets set to receive listeners' reviews for her album, which she says showcases a confluence of a wide variety of sounds and features some of India's finest musicians.