Biography

Born in Sangli (a small town in Maharashtra), known for its origin to several music maestros. Manjusha’s parents being great music lovers, identified the inborn talent and encouraged Manjusha for a career in music. She started her initial training from Pt. Chintubua Mhaiskar. Alongwith a “Sangeet Visharad” from Akhil Bharatiy Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Miraj - Manjusha acquired a Bachelors degree in Hindi followed by a Masters degree in Music with a Gold Medal to her credit from Shivaji University, Kolhapur.

She has been a consistent winner of many prestigious music competitions. During one such competition, Late Sangeetacharya Pt. D.V. Kanebua of Ichalkaranji happened to see Manjusha singing and noticed her rich potential, which proved to be a turning point in her career. Then being in the Gurukul tradition under Pt. Kanebua, she was fortunate to absorb the authentic nuances of Agra and Gwalior Gharana.

 

She received further training from Late Pt. Narendra Kanekar, a senior disciple of Pt. Kanebua and then also from Dr. Vikas Kashalkar. Currently Manjusha is honing her advanced skills under the able guidance of Padmashree Gantapasvi Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar.

Manjusha is gifted with a mellifluous voice which she has further enhanced by mastering sustenance of swaras, aesthetic approach, creative thinking, perfection of sur & command on rhythmic aspects. With purity in exposition of Raga, complex patterns of 'Taan' rendered with speed & clarity - Manjusha is equally adept in Semi Classical Music like Thumri, Dadra, Abhang and Natya Sangeet. All these elements constitute her delightful performances.

Though as a truly dedicated musician, she is constantly in the quest of excellence through perseverance but a rich portfolio of prestigious national and international concerts & the awards bestowed on her are a clear testimony of Manjusha’s successful footsteps in the world of music.

Achievements

  • Awarded as "TOP" grade Artist by AIR, New Delhi for classical as well as Light Classical Music
    with Gold Medal in 1988
  • Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Purskar, 2010 by Sangeet Natak Academy
  • Pt. Jasraj Gaurav Pursakar in 1998
  • Late musician Shri Ram Kadam Puraskar in 1994 -1995
  • Pt. Ramkrishnabuwa Vaze Puraskar in 1996
  • Pt. Manik Varma Puraskar in 2005
  • Pt. Malati Pande Puraskar in 2005
  • Shanmukhananda Sangeet Shiromani Puraskar in 2008
  • Selected as a classical singer on panel of ICCR Artists, New Delhi

Fellowship

Mani Mann Fellowship, 2008 by Sanskiti Foundation of Central Govt. of India. She is studying "rare bandishes" & "Sangeet Prakar (Pattern) from Dr. Ashok D Ranade, a well - known Musicologist.

Major Performances

Some Prestigious Performances

  • Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav, Pune in 1998 and 2002
  • Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav, Kundgole
  • Tansen Samaroha, Gwalior, 2005, 2014
  • Alla Uddin Khan Saheb Academy, Bhopal
  • All Bengal Music Festival, Kolkata
  • Malhar Festival, Nehru Centre, Mumbai
  • P. L. Deshpande Foundation Programmes at NCPA, Mumbai
  • Maharashtra Mandal, Delhi
  • Vanita Samaj, Delhi
  • Kala Akadami, Goa
  • Sur Mandal, Hyderabad
  • Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Delhi
  • Swar Sadhana, Baroda
  • Chandigadh Sangeet Sammelan
  • Akashwani Sangeet Sammelan, Chandigadh
  • Sangeet Ashram, Dover Lane Kolkatta
  • Kalakshetra, Chennai
  • BKF Foundation, Banglore
  • Ustad Rahamat Khansaheb Mahostav, Dharwad
  • Mani Mann Felowship Concert at Habitat Centre, New Delhi
  • BMM Convention at Chicago, July 2011
  • Pt. Kumar Gandharv Sangeet Mahostav, 2011
  • UAE and Muscat Tour 2011
  • USA Tour 2012
  • Darbar Festival, London, 2013
  • BAITHAK, Singapore, 2014
  • IIC, India International Centre, New Delhi, 2014
  • Bengal Classical Music Festival, Bangladesh,2014
  • SAPTAK Mahostav, Ahemdabad, 2015
  • Pt. Bhimsen Joshi Samaroh, Nashik, 2015

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21 Feb 2017
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Abhang with Ustad Zakir Hussain Saheb

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05 Feb 2017
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29 Jan 2017
Mumbai Classical Music Festival

Vasantostav Vileparle


13 Jan 2017
Classical Music Festival

Swarzankar Pune




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