Manjari (born 17 April 1986) is an Indian playback singer active mainly in Malayalam. She was born in 1986 in Thiruvananthapuram and grew up in Muscat.Her first stage performance was with Shiva, the Kolkota based rock band, when she was in class eight.
Since her début, she has worked with the likes of Ramesh Narayan, Ilayaraaja, M. G. Radhakrishnan, Mohan Sithara, Deepak Dev, Alfons, Keeravani, Kaithapram Viswanathan, Vidyasagar, Alex Paul, M. Jayachandran and the late Raveendran and Johnson. She has also sung for numerous devotional and romantic albums . She has over 100 Malayalam and Tamil film songs to her credit.
While in Muscat, Manjari trained in Hindustani classical music under the guidance of Ustad Khalid Anwar Jaan who belongs to the famous ‘Kirana’ Gharana. She attained her Masters in Carnatic Music from H.H The College for Women in Thiruvanathapuram in 2009. Since 2004, she has been performing in the prestigious “Soorya” Festival held both in India and abroad. She is also a popular ‘Ghazal’ singer and has performed at various venues the world over.
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.
Her song “Chinni Chinni” from the movie “Urumi” earned high popularity among the masses and critics alike and she bagged all the important film awards in 2012. The song is sung with a typical ‘Malabari’ accent bringing out the versatility of the singer in handling both classical and popular genres of music
Songs in 2012
- Padmasree Saroj Kumar – Mozhikalum
- Nadabrahmam – Pramadavaniyil
- Navagatharkku Swagatham – Pokku Veyil
- Arike – Ee Vazhiyil
- Naughty Professor – Thalam Thiru Thalam
- Cinema Company – Soni Lagdi
- Manthrikan – Mukundante Vesham Kettum
- My Boss – Enthinenariyilla