Manjari (Indian singer)

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Musical artist

Biography

Manjari (Template:Lang-ml) (born 17 April 1986)[1] is an Indian playback singer and Hindustani vocalist. She was born in 1986 in Thiruvananthapuram and grew up in Muscat and her family is originally from Kannur.[2][3] Her first stage performance was with Shiva, the Kolkata-based rock band, when she was in class eight.[3]

Manjari was introduced into the world of film music by Ilaiyaraaja in the Sathyan Anthikad movie, 'Achuvinte Amma'. She sang two songs in the movie, a duet 'Swasathin Thalam' with Dr. K.J. Yesudas and a solo 'Tamarakuruvikku' in the movie. Since her début, she has worked with the likes of Ramesh Narayan, Ilayaraaja, M. G. Radhakrishnan, Kaithapram Viswanathan, Vidyasagar, M. Jayachandran and the late Raveendran. She has also sung for albums such as Balabhaskar's Mazhayil Aaro Oral. She has over 200 Tamil and Malayalam films and several albums to her credit. Since 2004, Manjari has performed Hindustani Classical concerts in India and the world over under the prestigious banner of "Soorya". Manjari also gained popularity as a Ghazal singer. She performed an exclusive Ghazal show titled 'Khayal' in 'Media One TV' featuring popular Ghazals of yesteryears.[4]

Manjari won the Kerala State Film Award for the best female singer twice; first in 2004, for the song Mukilin makale in the film Makalku and second in 2008 for the song Mullulla Murikkinmel in Vilapangalkappuram.[5] Manjari is a popular playback singer and Live performer today. She has set up her own band for Ghazal Concerts and performs at various venues in India and abroad. Manjari continues to pursue her studies in Hindustani Classical Music under the tutelage of Pandit Ramesh Julé of Kirana Gharana.[4]

In 2016 she won the prestigious Sahir and Adeeb International Award for her contribution to Urdu and the genre of ghazals. Among the four recipients, she was the only Indian to receive the award in 2016. She is also the youngest Indian to receive the eminent award. In the past Adeeb International has awarded the Sahir and Adeeb awards to almost 60 eminent personalities and legends like Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, Kaifi Azmi, B R Chopra, Shabana Azmi, Sharmila Tagore, Begum Bushra Rehman amongst others.[6]

Family

Manjari was born to Babu Rajendran and Dr. Latha; she has a younger sister named Madhuri. She is an alumnus of Indian School Al Wadi Al Kabir in the Sultanate of Oman.


Discography

Films

Year Film Song(s) Notes
2005 Ponmudipuzhayorathu Oru Chiri Kandal
2005 Vamanapuram Bus Route Thane En
2005 Ponmudipuzhayorathu Mankutty
2005 Achuvinte Amma Thamarakuruvikku Asianet Award
2005 Achuvinte Amma Swasathin Thalam
2005 Makalkku Mukilin Makalee Kerala State Award[3]
2005 Kochi Rajavu Kinavin Kilikale
2005 Daivanamathil Ezham Baharinte
2005 Anandabhadram Pinakkamaano
2006 Out of Syllabus Poi varuvaan Hamma hamma ho
2006 Rasathanthram Attinkara Asianet Award[7]
2006 Rasathanthram Ponnavani Paadam
2006 Moonamathoral Nilavinte
2006 Vadakkumnathan Paahi Param Porule
2006 Baba Kalyani Kai Niraye
2006 Classmates Chillu Jalaka Vathilil
2006 Note Book Iniyum Mounamo
2006 Photographer Enthe Kannanu
2006 Karutha Pakshikal Mazhayil
2006 Pothan Vava Nerane
2007 Vinodayatra Kaiyetha Kombathu
2007 Hello Mazhavillin Neelima, Bhajan
2007 Nasrani Eeran Meghame
2007 Sooryan Ishtakaari
2007 Paradesi Ananda Kannerin
2007 Hallo Mazhavillin
2007 Mayavi Muttathe Mulle
2007 Ali Bhai Punchiri
2007 Veeralipattu Aalilayum
2008 Positive Orikkal née paranju
2008 Vilapangalkappuram Mullulla Murikkinmel Kerala State Award
2008 Minnaminnikootam Kadalolam
2008 Novel Onninumallaathe
2008 Novel Urangan Nee Enikku
2009 Pazhassi Raja Ambum Kombum
2009 Love in Singapore Magic Magic
2009 Bharya Swantham Suhurthu Mandara Manavatty
2009 Chattambi Naadu Mukkuti Chand
2009 My Big Father Nirathingale
2009 Vellathooval Kaatoram
2010 Yakshiyum Njanum Thenundo Poove
2010 Music Video Chandala-bhikshuki (based on Mahakavi Kumaran Asan's poem) Ajayan (director), Actors: Tom George Kolath as Ananda bhikshu (Buddha's disciple) and Jyothirmayi as Matangi (Chandala woman)
2010 Neelambari Indraneela Raaviloode
2010 Plus Two Manjadi Choppulla
2010 Holidays Thamara Valaya
2010 D Nova Oru Nertha
2011 Puthumukhangal Manimalar Kaavil
2011 Sahapathi 1975 Rakthapushpame
2011 Urumi Chinni Chinni *Various Awards – See Below
2011 China Town Innu Penninu
2011 Aazhakadal Ponmeghathin
2011 Uppukandam Brothers 2 Ishtam Nin Ishtam
2011 Raghuvinte Swantham Rasiya Kaatte Nee Kando
2011 Mohabbath Thennalin Kaikalil
2011 Mohabbath Atharu Peyyana
2011 Veeraputhran Inni Kadalin
2011 Manushya Mrigam Aalin Kombil
2011 Sandwich Paneneer Chempakangal
2011 Makaramanju Mosobathiya
2011 Paachuvum Kovalanum Manasse
2011 Vellaripravinte Changathi Naanam Chaalicha
2012 Padmasree Saroj Kumar Mozhikalum
2012 Nadabrahmam Pramadavaniyil
2012 Navagatharkku Swagatham Pokku Veyil
2012 Arike Ee Vazhiyil
2012 Naughty Professor Thalam Thiru Thalam
2012 Cinema Company Soni Lagdi
2012 Grihanathan Ragaveenayil
2012 Manthrikan Mukundante Vesham Kettum
2012 My Boss Enthinenariyilla
2012 Maad Dad Oru Naalum
2012 Poppins Valam Nadannu
2012 Madirasi Maari Poonkuyile
2012 Chapters Sandhya Sundara
2013 Dracula Manju Pole
2013 Swasam Vennilavin
2013 Bangles Ninakkai Ente Janmam
2013 Pakaram Parayan Ariyatha
2013 Pakaram Dooram Theera
2013 Radio Mukile Anadhiaai
2013 Ladies and Gentleman Kandathinappuram
2013 Thomson Villa Poo Thumbi Va
2013 Thomson Villa Mukkuttikal
2014 How Old are You Va Vayassu Chollidan
2014 Avarude Veedu Melle Manasinte
2015 Anarkali Aa Oruthi
2015 Njan Samvidhanam Cheyyum Maranno Swarangal
2015 Chirakodinja Kinavukal Omale Aromale
2016 Puthiya Niyamam Penninu Chilambunde

Singles

In 2014, Manjari released her first Hindi Single titled 'Aiy Aiy Yaa' [8] with Crescendo Music. The Lyrics of Alok Jha is composed by Santosh Nair. The video was shot in exotic locations of Dubai.

In 2015, Manjari released a Malayalam single titled 'Anuragam' which was composed and sung by the artist. She also featured in the video shot in Munnar under the direction of VK Prakash.

Awards

Kerala State Film Awards:

Asianet Film Awards:

Film Awards:

  • 2012 – Vanitha Film Awards – Best Female Playback -Urumi ('Chinni Chinni')
  • 2012 – Ramu Kariat Film Awards – Best Female Playback- Urumi ('Chinni Chinni')
  • 2012 – Mathrubhumi Film Awards – Popular Singer of the Year -Urumi ('Chinni Chinni')
  • 2012 – Surya/Film Producers Awards- Best Female Playback – Urumi ('Chinni Chinni')
  • 2012 – Amrita Film Awards- Best Female Playback – Urumi ('Chinni Chinni')
  • 2012 – Jaihind Film Awards- Best Female Playback – Urumi ('Chinni Chinni')
  • 2012 – Kerala Film Critics Award- Best Female Playback
  • Nominated : 2011 – Filmfare Award for Best Female Playblack

Sahir and Adeeb International Award:

  • 2016 – Sahir and Adeeb International Award for her contribution to Urdu language and ghazals [6]

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