Shaily Pal, Hindustani vocalist
Shaily Pal was introduced to the world of Hindustani classical music by her mother at a very early age. She started lessons in Hindustani classical singing at the age of 7 under Saili Oak, a vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. In addition to Eastern classical music, Shaily developed an appreciation for Western classical music when she began learning the violin at age 5. Shaily has gained performance experience through singing home concerts and leading youth orchestras as concertmaster. At school, Shaily has been consistently chosen for all-state and regional orchestras and choruses.
Recently, Shaily’s dual training in Western classical and Eastern classical music has led her and her teacher Saili Oak to work with composer Reena Esmail. At the University of Richmond, they performed a bhajan, “Ajapa Jaap,” arranged by Ms. Esmail for a string quartet. Now a senior in high school, Shaily continues to train classically, as she begins to draw Eastern and Western music closer. As a dedicated student, athlete, and certified EMT, Shaily also enjoys mathematics, track and field, and medicine.