Veena comes from a family of musicians. Her father, late Pt. Shankar Shripad Bodas, was a disciple of Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar. Young Veena started her musical education with Kathak dance, which has given her an unerring sense of rhythm. She was initiated into Khayal singing by her father and her brother, late Pt. Kashinath Shankar Bodas. Other mentors include Padmashri Balwantrai Bhatt, late Pt. Vasant Thakar and late Pt. Gajananbua Joshi.
She has sung at all the prestigious venues and occasions. At the recent Voices of the World festivals at Stockholm and Copenhagen she represented India. She has given many lecture-demonstrations in Hindi, Marathi and English. These are as well appreciated as her concerts. She has recordings under many leading labels. She has been awarded The Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for the year 1993.
She has taught voice at institutions as well as privately to all levels of students. Currently she offers tuition to advanced students at home.
The style she has created for herself retains the fundamental values of Gwalior Gharana while borrowing somewhat from Kirana and Jaipur gharanas. The vidwans laud the authenticity of her music while audiences are moved by its directness and intensity. Apart from khayal singing, she is also sought after for her rich repertoire of bhajans (devotional songs).
16 Jan 1996
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