Pranidhi Varshney- Actress, Singer, Yogini
Posted by Vivek on October 7, 2012 | 1 Comment
Pranidhi is a Los-Angeles based actress with a degree in Theatre from Northwestern University.Her on-camera credits include the TNT series Rizzoli & Isles, Troublemaker, an independent film directed by Geeta Malik, and Foreign Body, a web-series based on Robin Cook’s novel by the same name.Pranidhi found the love of music early on in life, and it has been a driving force ever since.Having sung with a cappella groups and bands, her musical journey is now taking a turn to the East. She’s just released an album of Sanskrit chants, melding her musical and yogic words into a project that’s truly unique and heartfelt. Through her voice, Pranidhi hopes to touch the soul of the listener in ways that only music can.
A tete-a-tete with this beautiful bundle of talent:
What inspired you to make an album on Sanskrit Chants?
A student, actually. I like to chant and sing shlokas during my classes while people are resting and students would often ask me if they could buy a CD. One of my students in particular was very enthusiastic about the idea and urged me to make one. Finally I said yes!
In a way, this album has been in the making all my life. It’s the melding of two vital forces that drive me- yoga and music.
Do you have a formal training in Singing/Music?
I fell in love with music early on and grew up studying and practicing western singing. In college, I continued my musical education, singing musical theatre, western classical, and pop. I learned mantras when I was young as part of my religious education. I didn’t find much resonance with them, however, until I started practicing yoga later in life. Because of my yoga practice, I started to experience mantras on a deeper level.
Tell our readers about “Pranidhana”, and its making.
I couldn’t have made “Pranidhana” without Clinton Patterson, the producer and engineer of the project, and the numerous musicians. We’ve created something truly unique, blending ancient mantras and authentic pronunciation with diverse instrumentation and jazz-influenced arrangements. The process has been a long and fruitful one- truly a labor of love. I’m thrilled with the final product, and I hope it will touch the hearts of practitioners on all paths, as well as lovers of music.
Your upcoming projects?
Right now, I’m focused on promoting the album, teaching my yoga classes, and continuing to pursue acting opportunities. I’m fortunate to be able to do things I love and have a visceral, positive impact on people’s lives. That’s always been my mission, and I feel grateful that I’m able to fulfill it.
Here are links to the album. People can listen and purchase directly through my website:
Here’s the album page, where people can also read chant translations:
For people who aren’t using Paypal, here are a few other places where they can pick up the album: