Vandana Vishwas Wiki, Age, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More

Vandana Vishwas is an Indo-Canadian singer, composer, and architect who is popular as a contemporary South Asian expressive music artist. Her fame lies in mixing classical North Indian music with diverse genres such as Flamenco, Rock, Ghazal, Thumri, New Age, Afro-Indian, African Beats, Ballad, and Country. She also uses sounds like Chinese Erhu in her traditional Urdu Ghazals. Vandana has been an active professional musician since 2009 and lives in Toronto, Canada.

Wiki/Biography

Vandana Vishwas was born on Friday, 17 July 1970 (age 53; as of 2023) in Lucknow, India. Her zodiac sign is Cancer. She grew up in Korba, Chhattisgarh. Vandana was blessed with a natural talent for singing. She could easily sing tough songs even when she was 4 years old. Her parents noticed this and they enrolled her for vocal singing lessons in Indian-classical music at the renowned institute Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal (ABGMM) of Miraj, India. When she was 5, she started her music lessons from Pandit Parashuram Sharma and later learned from Mrs. Vimala Soni. She earned a bachelor’s degree (Sangeet Virashad) in Indian Classical music form ABGMM in 1986.

A childhood picture of Vandana Vishwas with her brother. They are singing a 'bhajan' in a temple on the occassion of Janmashtmi

A childhood picture of Vandana Vishwas with her brother. They are singing a ‘bhajan’ in a temple on the occasion of Janmashtami

Alongside schooling, Vandana started composing music and sang as a contract-based artist at All India Radio and Doordarshan. Here she met Ustad Ahmed Hussain and Mohammed Hussain, who taught her the details of ghazal singing.

Ustad Ahmed Hussain and Mohammad Hussain, the Gurus of Vandana Vishwas

Ustad Ahmed Hussain and Mohammad Hussain, the Gurus of Vandana Vishwas

From 1987 to 1992, Vandana pursued a B. Arch at the National Institute of Technology, Raipur, India and has served as an architect for over 30 years under different organisations in Dubai and then in Canada. After 22 years of career as an architect, she got back to singing.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 4″

Weight (approx.): 60kg

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Black

Vandana Vishwasa

Family

Parents & Siblings

Vandana Vishwas’ father is Krishna Tripathi and her mother is Madhuri Tripathi. She has a brother named Nitin Tripathi who is fond of playing tabla.

Vandana Vishwas with her mother

Vandana Vishwas with her mother

Vandana Vishwas with her father

Vandana Vishwas with her father

Husband & Children

Vandana Vishwas is married to Vishwas Thoke, the architect turned music co-producer, who hails from Bangalore. He gives the guitar music to all the songs of Vandana. The couple has no children.

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Vandana Vishwas with husband, Vishwas Thoke

Vandana Vishwas with her husband, Vishwas Thoke

Relationship/Affair

Vandana Vishwas was in a relationship with her collegemate, Vishwas Thoke, whom she married in 1994.

Vandana and Vishwas singing a duet on their friend's personal event during college days

Vandana and Vishwas, singing a duet on their friend’s personal event during college days

Religion/Religious Views

Vandana Vishwas follows Hinduism.

Career

Singer

Vandana Vishwas’ singing got noticed while she was a college student and worked for All India Radio as a part-time singer. In 1993, just after finishing her architecture degree, she was invited by the Indian National TV Channel, Doordarshan to perform.

She also got the opportunity to perform at the well-known stage of the Acharya Brihaspati Sammelan conducted by Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai. Even though many Bollywood music directors approached Vandana after this performance, she chose an architecture career over singing due to her physical limitations and moved to Dubai. After a full-fledged 22-year career in architecture, Vandana declared her comeback as a singer with her debut album ‘Meera, the Lover’ in 2009. The songs are based on the story of the 16th-century Indian queen, Meera Bai’s unconditional love for Krishna.

Cover of Meera, the Lover which was self-designed by Vandana and her husband, Vishwas. The instruments, ektara and flute represent Meera and Krishna and the words printed are from the poetry of Meerabai

The cover of Meera, the Lover was self-designed by Vandana and her husband, Vishwas. The instruments, ektara and flute represent Meera and Krishna and the words printed are from the poetry of Meerabai

In an interview, she expressed her return to singing and said,

I feel very, very happy when I sing. I feel very content. It is only me and music. I love music, it gives me happiness.”

Her other albums are:

  • Monologues (2013) – A collaboration with different genres where Vandana blended South Asian melodies with Jazz and Rock. This got her huge acclaim. In India, it was released by Suresh Wadkar.
    Vandana Vishwas with legendary Bollywood playback singer, Suresh Wadkar, who launched her album 'Monologues'

    Vandana Vishwas with legendary Bollywood playback singer, Suresh Wadkar, who released her album ‘Monologues’

  • Samarsiddha (2014) – It is a single that is sung in Raag Ahir Bhairav and was released as a promotional track for the debut novel ‘Samarsiddha’ by Sandeep Nayyar.
  • Parallels (2016) – It is an album that has a fusion of South Indian melodies with Westernised styles like Flamenco, Country, New-Age, Rock, African, and Ballad. Vandana debuted as a lyricist with this album. The song ‘Mai Beqaid (Flamenco)’ received popularity. It is inspired by the Sufi poem of revolutionary philosopher Baba Bulleh Shah.
  • Nav Varsh Mangalkamna Geet (2021) – A Sanskrit hymn released on the New Year during the Covid pandemic.
  • Kabeera-The Thinker (2023) – Influenced by the 15th-century Indian philosopher and poet, Kabir’s bhajan.
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Since 2009, Vandana Vishwas has been performing live at different concerts and events like the Latin-Afro-South Asian Cultural Concert and the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). Her unique style of fusing Indian and Western music like collaborating rock and pop with ghazals, nazms, thumri, and geet has captured the attention of Canadians, Americans, and Indians.

Awards & Honours

  • Toronto Best World CD for ‘Meera the Lover’ (2010)
  • Vox-Pop for Best Traditional World Song for ‘Badara Re’ song by U. S. Independent Music Awards (2011)
  • Marty Awards Mississauga Arts Council on Canads for established performing arts (2012)
  • Women Hero Award for Performing Arts by ICACI (Indo-Canadian Arts & Culture Initiative (2015)
    Vandana Vishwas while receiving the Woman Hero Award by ICACI

    Vandana Vishwas while receiving the Woman Hero Award by ICACI

  • Best World Music award by Toronto Independent Music Awards for album ‘Parallels’ (2016)
    Vandana Vishwas holding the Best World Music Award

    Vandana Vishwas holding the Best World Music Award

  • Silver medal by Global Music Awards in Best World Music and Female Vocalist for flamenco-based song ‘Mai Beqaid’ (2016)
    Silver medal awarded to Vandana Vishwas in two categories

    Silver medal awarded to Vandana Vishwas in two categories

  • Akademia Awards in Best World Beat Album (for Parallel) & Best World Music Video (for ‘Mai Beqaid’) (2017)
  • Listed rank # 1 on Reverbnation World charts for Canada (2014)

Achievements

  • Listed rank # 1 on Reverbnation World charts for Canada (2014)
  • She has been featured by the leading Indian, US, and Canadian newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV stations without the help of any artist manager or booking agent.
  • ‘Parallels’ topped the RMR (Root Music Report) World charts and stayed there for four weeks in a row.
  • The album ‘Parallels’ topped the Earshot National International charts in Canada.

Favourites

  • Food: Indian, and Ethiopian cuisines
  • Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Jagjit Singh

Facts/Trivia

  • Vandana Vishwas’ name before marriage was Vandana Tripathi.
  • Vandana Vishwas is suffering from lifelong partial immobility in her left leg and septic arthritis that was caused when she was just 2 days old. A nurse mistakenly injected an unsterilized syringe into her left hip, damaging it with a septic infection that causes her 24/7 chronic and acute pains.
  • She likes coffee and her favourite coffee place is Tim Horton’s.
    Vandana Vishwas' Instagram post about Tim Horton's

    Vandana Vishwas’ Instagram post about Tim Horton’s 

  • When she was 8 years old she was not allowed to sing because of the serious disease of tonsillitis, which was beginning to damage her vocal cords. Vandana did not sing for 4 years and got a homoeopathic treatment until she resumed her singing training from Mrs Vimal Soni.
  • As a schoolgirl, Vandana participated in many local and regional singing competitions and also won many.
  • She is a foodie and loves to try authentic food from different places. Her social media is full of pictures of drinks, snacks, and food. She relishes Indian snacks and sweets.
    Vandana Vishwas' Instagram post about her love for food

    Vandana Vishwas’ Instagram post about her love for food

  • Vandana was given the ‘Sangeet Virashad’ degree as an exception case by the ABGMM institute because she was underage (16 years old) to receive it.
  • She was mentored by Mr. D.K. Gandhe, who composed music for her during her All India Radio days.
  • She is a nature lover who believes that spending time with nature is the best therapy.
    Vandana Vishwas' Instagram post about her love for nature

    Vandana Vishwas’ Instagram post about her love for nature

  • Vandana Vishwas has also been trained by the legendary South Asian composer Sohail Rana who is known for songs like ‘Aaj Jaane ki zid na karo’ and ‘Mujhe tum nazar se gira to rahe ho.
  • She has been a principal and teacher at Vandana’s School of Indian Music, Mississauga, Canada since 2007.
  • Vandana often consumes alcoholic drinks like beer, scotch, and cocktails. She is very fond of homemade wines.
    Vandana Vishwas' Instagram post about her fondness for spiced tea wine

    Vandana Vishwas’ Instagram post about her fondness for spiced tea wine

  • Vandana Vishwas is associated with the art project Our Temple Of Madness: The Summoning in Nelson, BC, Canada, where she lends her voice to different music directors.
  • She enjoys reading, solving sudoku, and travelling.
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