London born Ranjana has always felt a strong passion and curiosity about her South Asian roots. She has expressed her love of this culture through several years of training in North Indian singing, whilst immersing herself in the life and sounds of contemporary Britain. After seeing her favourite singer perform in London, Ranjana entered a new chapter of her life by starting a phase of training with acclaimed vocalist Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty in Kolkata, India(2000).
Ranjana has been working with Jesse Bannister and Bhupinder Chaggar to create her debut EP. "Awakening". They have created a sound that juxtaposes the beauty of sacred Indian vocal music with dynamic yet sensitive arrangements. She performed material from Awakening at the Vortex Jazz Club with an outstanding jazz trio, featuring Nick Ramm on keys, Ruth Goller on bass and Asaf Sirkis
She has also started a new project called "Open Souls" with Jason Singh and Seb Rochford and collaborated on a single with LA poet/singer Gina Loring and drummer/producer Seb Rochford. Ranjana performed in Nitin Sawhney and Akram Khan’s Svapnagata festival, at London Saddlers
Wells Theatre and recently performed and presented two concerts at the Barbican. Ranjana was part of Arohan Ahead - funded and supported by the Cultural Leadership Program.. Ranjana was privileged to perform in "Opera Shots" - an experimental piece commissioned by the Royal Opera House and composed by Nitin Sawhney in June 2010.
She has been performing and teaching the basics of Indian vocal music to various organisations around the country(including the City of London Festival, the British Museum, and Serious International Music Producers), under the auspices of her own organisation Antara Arts. Ranjana also
spent five years as an education project manager at the LSO. Ranjana was invited as a guest artist on the Youth Music Voices project that is developing a national choir to perform at 2012 Olympic events. The project is led by choral director Richard Frostick. She recently performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at their Family Concert, and has been selected as a vocal leader for the Southbank’s Voicelab program.
Vocalist, North Indian Instrumentation
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