Artiste of the Month - July 2018
Born in Sangli, Maharashtra, Manjusha was initiated in music by her parents. She began her training under Pt. Chintubua Mhaiskar. Alongwith a “Sangeet Visharad” from Akhil Bharatiya 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.