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:: Hindustani Classical & Semi Classical Music
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Manjari
Manjari will be rendering classical music and semi-classical music in the soulful Hindustani style. Her musical genius gently reaches and unfolds a particular "bhava" in a bhajan, a thumari, a ghazal or raga. For Manjari a feel for the essence is the soul of music or the bhava. Subtle shades of bhava emerge and re-emerge, and one being prominent, surges forward towards the formation of a "rasa".

Accompanying Artistes:
   Prakash Ulliyeri - Harmonium
   Prafulla Jayanth Athalye - Tabla, a senior desciple of Ustad Alla Rakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain

Accomplishments

(Manjari):
* Carnatic Vocal Music training under Dr. Shyamala Vinod Kumar, Perumbavoor G. Ravindranath and Dr. K.J. Yesudas.

* Studied Hindustani vocal music under Ustad Khalid Anwar Janprem, Lahore.

* Has sung in several languages including Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Marathi, English and Arabic.

* Has accomplished music concerts in several venues in the Sultanate of Oman and India.

* Has been participating in singing competitions from very young age and has won many awards.

* Secured 1st position in both Light Music – Vocal and Carnatic Music – Vocal in interschool competition organised by Indian School, Muladha.

* In the year 1998-’99 secured 1st position in both Light Music – Vocal and Carnatic Music – Vocal and was awarded Kala Thilak, a merit award for all-round achievement in Interschool Art Festival (INSAF) organised by Indian School Ibri.

* Fetched the first position in light music, Duet Vocal and Hindustani Classical – Vocal in the Gokuldas Khinji Music Competition held at Indian Social Club, Muscat. * Secured Runners Up position for the team in the final round in the Times of Oman Antakshari (1998) conducted by Mr. Annu Kapoor and Ms. Pallavi Joshi of Zee TV fame.

* Was awarded the First position in Light Music, Mimicry, Fancy Dress, the second position in Carnatic Music and won Kala Ratnam 1999 in the interschool competition.

* Has sung at a charity for cancer patients of the Sultan Qaboos Hospital along with Padmashree Dr. K. J. Yesudas.
* In recognition of talent, was fondly titled as the ‘Nightingale of Oman’.

Film field
* Sung for several blockbusters in India and has been enjoying the grace of singing to the compositions of noted Music Directors including Raveendran Master, Ilaya Raja, Jassy Gift, Bala Bhaskar, Ramesh Narayanan and many others. * Has sung in a number of blockbusters, to list a few: Achuvinte Amma (Ilayaraja), Ponmudi Puzhayorathu (Ilayaraja), Karakatakkari (Ilayaraja), Pokkisham (Ilayaraja), Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Ilayaraja), Magalku (Ramesh Narayanan), Moksham (Bala Bhaskar), Vadakkumnathan (Raveendran), Kochirajaavu (Vidyasagar), Mayathe (Natesh Shankar), Thommanum Makkalum (Alex), Niranja Manasu (Karthikraja), Shambu (Jassie Gift), Daivathinte Namathil (Kaithapram Viswanathan), Symphony- Tiruvasakam (Ilayaraja), Oru naal oru kanavu (Ilayaraja), Kasthuriman,
Anandabhadram, Shilabathi (Ilayaraja) etc etc.

Manjari has been an essential singer during the popular cultural carnivals including Soorya and Swaralaya festivals.



Awards: Cash award in the competition on the compositions of Papanasam Sivan during the Papanasam Sivan centenary celebrations organised by Sri Swathi Thirunal Sangeetha Sabha,Thiruvananthapuram in 1988. First prize in the All India Radio Competition in light classical music in 1991. First prize in the Sugam Sangeet and Hindustani Classical music competition conducted by the Kerala Hindi Prachar Sabha in 1992 & 93. First prize in the Kerala University youth festivals for Classical music in 1990 & 1994 and Light music in 1991. ‘The Best Vocalist Award’ from the Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai, December festival in 1997. ‘Musiri Subramani Iyer Endowment Award’ for the nireval and swaram singing from the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai,December in 1997. ‘The Chembai Award 1998’ conferred by Sri Chembai Memorial Trust, Trivandrum and the Department of Culture, Government of Kerala in 1998. Kerala State best singer award, 2004.



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