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Manjiri Asnare

Manjiri Asnare- Kelkar, a Hindustani classical vocalist, is daughter of the renowned tabla artist, Anand Asanare. An approved A-grade artist of AIR for vocal music, she received her training from Pt. C.T. Mhaiskar (Sangli) and Pt. M.S. Kanetkar in classical vocal music. Her presentations of vocal recitals apart from the basic Jaipur style are impacted by the styles of various maestros like Master Krishnarao, Bal Gandharva, Pt. Gajananbua Joshi, Begam Akhatar, etc. She has delivered many prestigious performances, some of which include the 41st Sawai Gandharva Music Festival (Pune, 1993), Tansen Sangeet Samaroha (Gwalior, 1998), Basant Bahar (Mumbai, 1999), Shankarlal Festival (Delhi, 2000 & 2004), a Dubai tour (2002), United Kingdom tour (2005), Holland & Belgium tour (2006) and “Womad” (Australia & New Zealand, 2008). Her performances have received positive reviews in several newspapers and newsletters; the Alurkar Music House (Pune) and Navras Records (London) have released audio cassettes/CDs featuring her performances; and she was rated one of the ‘Faces of the Millennium’ by India Today (Nov. 1999) and one of the ‘Emerging Stars of India’ by The Week (Aug. 2003). Ms. Asnare- Kelkar is the recipient of several prizes and awards including the first prizes of AIR music competitions in both classical and light classical vocal music, the Music Scholarship by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, the Young Performing Artist of the Year by the NCPA, the Sanskriti Award, and the first Bismillah Khan Award by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, amongst others. Manjiri Asnare- Kelkar lives and works in Nasik, Maharashtra.

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