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Who is Mumbai-born Priya Darshini nominated for 2021 Grammy Awards?


Team Udayavani, Nov 30, 2020, 11:19 AM IST

Mumbai-born 36-year-old singer Priya Darshini’s album ‘Periphery’ is nominated for the 2021 Grammy Awards for Best New Age Album.

Comprising of nine songs, the album is a piece of soulful music out of the harmony of different styles, genre and cultures.

She was born in Goregaon, Mumbai, to a Tamil family. Shefinds her interest in making cross-cultural music. She’s trained in Carnatic music and derived her interest in music from her grandmother who was a Bharatnatyam dancer and vocalist.

New York-based Priya Darshini has sung for a hundred TV and radio commercials and recorded for several Indian movie soundtracks.

Throughout her singing career, she has worked with renowned musicians like Pearl Jam, Roy “Futureman” Wooten, Jeff Coffin, Philip Lassiter, and ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro, among others.

She is also a part of many bands like Epichorus, the Karsh Kale ensemble and Priya Darshini Trio and Woman’s Raga Massive. She is the founder and lead of Priya Darshini Trio and co-lead of Woman’s Raga Massive and co-produces a festival known as Out of the Wood running for three years.

Also, Priya  is a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist who supports cancer patients. She runs her family’s NGO Jana Rakshita, launched in 2004 in Mumbai, that offers medical treatment and rehabilitation service to underprivileged children and adolescents affected by cancer.

Darshini is also an ultra-marathoner. She holds the record of being the first and the youngest woman to run a 100-mile race in the Himalayas

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