Manasi Prasad
Carnatic Vocalist, Karnataka, India
Biography

Manasi Prasad is a rising star of Carnatic classical music, who combines years of traditional training with a modern outlook. She is also a trained classical dancer and an engineering and MBA graduate from IIM Bangalore, where she won the prestigious Aditya Birla Scholarship. Manasi chose her passion for music over the lure of a corporate career. Along with her year-round performance schedule in India and other parts of the world, Manasi’s activities include recording and composing music for her albums, writing and speaking on the arts, creating new productions and hosting various television shows. She is also the head of an ambitious arts project – the Centre for Indian Music Experience-which will be India’s first interactive music museum.

Manasi’s guru is Ganakalabhushana R. K. Padmanabha.She has also received training from Sangita Kala Acharya V. Subramanyam and Dr. Sriram Parasuram. She is a rank holder in the Senior and Vidwat level music examinations, and has received scholarships from the Department of Culture at the state and national levels.

Shows & Major Performances

Performances

International:

  • USA, 2009, 2010-Concert tour of USA, including performance at the prestigious Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival
  • USA, 2008 –Concerts at universities in the New England states and New York
  • Singapore, 2008 –Performance at Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society
  • Kuwait , 2007 – Performance of ‘Giridhara Mira’ and music concert during the Gulf Kannada International Conference
  • Tanzania (Africa) 2007- Performance of ‘Giridhara Mira’ and music concerts at the capital
  • USA, 2006 –Performance at CMANA (Carnatic Music Association of North America), New Jersey
  • Chile (South America) 2004 - Lecture demonstrations, workshops and performances at various universities and at the Indian Embassy

National

  • Chennai- Performances during the December Season in Chennai at all leading Sabhas including the Madras Music Academy, Narada Gana Sabha, Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Brahma Gana Sabha, Carnatica’s Bharat Sangeet Utsav
  • New Delhi-Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi International Arts Festival
  • Bangalore – Ramanavami Festivals at the two main venues – Fort High School and Sheshadripuram Rama Seva Samiti, Bangalore Gayana Samaja, Malleswaram Sangeeta Sabha, Indiranagar Sangeeta Sabha, etc.
  • Mumbai- Performances at Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, Mysore Association, Bhakta Rasika Ranjani Sabha (BARC), Music Triangle etc.
  • Andhra Pradesh-Performances at Kalasagaram, SICA, Saint Thyagaraja Festival, Annamacharya Jayanti etc. in Hyderabad, Saint Thyagaraja Festival in Tirupati
  • Kerala-Swati Sangeetotsavam in Trivandrum, Temple Festivals at Tripunithura, Irinjalakuda etc.

Media

Television:

 Television performances on Jaya TV’s Margazhi Maha Utsavam, Vijay TV’s December music series, Chennayil Thiruvaiyaru on Star Vijay etc.
 Television performances on Doordarshan, ETV Kannada, Kasturi TV, TV9, Shankara TV and others. Hosted a successful show ‘Kavi Namana’ on music and poetry on ETV Kannada
 Performed with SP Balasubramaniam for the musical show “Yedhe tumbi haaduvenu” for several episodes.
 Television performance on TTD channel for the musical show Naada Neeraajanam in Tirumala

Radio:

 Graded artist of AIR Bangalore in classical and light classical music Albums
 All India release of Sri Ganesha Suprabhatam by Times Music
 Bharat Sangeet Utsav live concert album release by Carnatica
 Several albums of classical and devotional music released by Bangalore-based labels New Productions
 Giridhara Mira – A one-woman show of music, dance and drama, narrating the story of Mirabai through her bhajans
 Gana Yatra – A 15 member music ensemble featuring devotional music forms such as Abhang, Sufi, Bhajan etc. from various parts of India
 “Love is life’s fulfilment” – a classical music concert that explores the different facets of love through music and monologue
 Geetham Madhuram – an all-woman musical tribute to MS Subbulakshmi, by Utsav Music

Press reviews:

“Manasi Prasad is a pleasant mélange of sweet voice and good training. These two aspects bolster her manodharma making her music enjoyable…. certainly a vocalist with
potential to delight the connoisseur…” -G.Swaminathan, The Hindu

“...twice as talented....Manasi Prasad is an inspiration to us all..” -Swgata Sen, India Today

“….multi-talented personality…one of the top upcoming musicians…gifted with a melodious voice, high creativity, both in rendering of raga and swaraprasthara….”
-Meera, Times of India

“….promising young artiste…with her sweet voice and lively presentation, Manasi gave an impressive concert…” -Mysore V.Subramanya, Deccan Herald

“….one recognized an MS in the making…..her voice is a harmonious blend of melody, emotion and punch….kept the audience spellbound….” -G.T.Narayana Rao, Star of Mysore

“Correct diction, laya precision and good phrasing bespoke of her respect for the composers and the art…” -Jagadha Kumar, Deccan Herald

“...maintained absolute fidelity to the shruthi in the effortless sancharas in the tara sthayi” -Madhavi Ramkumar, The Hindu

“Bangalore vocalist enthralls city audience..effortless movement in three octaves and excellent manodharma…” -Deccan Herald, Hubli edition

“…capacity to capture the minds of the audience…good planning of concerts…” -P.G.Lakshminarayana Rao, Kannada Prabha

“Manasi’s modesty and inherent spirtuality that came through her singing..” - Churchill Pandian, Kalaimagal

 

Contact:
Manasi Prasad
Chennai : Flat # 8, Sri Rama Mandiram Apts.,
12/19, CP Ramaswamy Street,
Abhiramapuram, Chennai - 600018
Ph: +44.2466.1614

Bangalore: # 478, 33rd Cross,
4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore 560011
Ph: +80.2244.5129

Email : raagamanasi@gmail.com
Website : www.manasiprasad.in
Facebook : http://facebook.com/manasiprasad

Awards & Recognitions

Yuva Puraskar

Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2008 by Central Sangeet Nataka Akademi, New Delhi

Winner of Sri GN Balasubramaniam Global Centenary Year concert

 Winner of Sri GN Balasubramaniam Global Centenary Year concert-competition 2010 in Chennai

Rotary Brigade Young Achievers

‘Rotary Brigade Young Achievers’ Award 2006’, after being identified as an outstanding all-rounder

Sri T.V. Subba Rao Memorial Award

‘Sri T.V. Subba Rao Memorial Award’ by Madras Music Academy, during December Season 2005

Empanelled artist of ICCR

Empanelled artist of ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations)

Yuva Kalaakar Puraskar

‘Sri Shanmukhananda A.K.Satagopan Yuva Kalaakar Puraskar 2004-05’ awarded by Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, Mumbai

Best Lecture demonstration award

Best Lecture demonstration award at Annual Conference of Karnataka Ganakala Parishat in 2004 for a demonstration on various types of Pallavis

Ananya Pratibhe

‘Ananya Pratibhe’ – Ananya, Bangalore

Sangeetha Kaustubha

‘Sangeetha Kaustubha’ – Sri D. Subbaramiah Fine Arts Trust, Bangalore

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