Ms. Subhadhara Desai (2005-06)
Subhadra Desai is the first Mani Mann Fellowship recipient
for the year 2005. During the fellowship she has undertaken
a residency programme with Guru Vidhushi Malini Rajurkar
ji. Guru Dinkar Kainkini ji and Guru Vidhushi Vasundhara
Komkali ji to enhance her skill and talent.
Subhadra was initiated into Music at an early age by Pt
Vinay Chandra Maudgalya and Smt Padma Devi at Gandharva
Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi and graduated as Sangeet Visharad.
At present Subhadra continues to receive guidance under
the tutelage of Pandit Madhup Mudgal to achieve finer
artistic insight in her music.
Mr. Kumar Mardur (2006-07)
Hailing from rich musical traditions of Dharwar, Kumar
has done his Master's Degree in Music University of Karnataka.
Young Kumar Mardur has trained under his father, Pandit
Somanath Mardur, a renowned Hindustani Classical Vocalist
of Kirana Gharana. Pandit Somanath Mardur is the senior
desciple of Padmabhushan Dr. Basavraj Rajguru. At present,
Kumar is also learning from Dr. Pt.Firoz Dasturji, a great
maestro of the Kirana Gharana.
Endowed with a melodious voice, he is known for pure and
aesthetic presentation of ragas, crystal clear ‘taan’
patterns and command over ‘laya’.
Kumar Mardur is the recipient of the 2006 Sanskriti- Mani
Mann Fellowship in Hindustani Classical Music. email:
Mr. Shashank Maktedar (2007-08)
Shashank is one of the most promising vocalists of
the present generation. He is also one of the finest disciples
of Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, a great exponent of Gwalior and
Jaipur Gharana today. and he lived and learnt under the
same roof as his guru in accordance with the strict and
traditional Guru Shishya Parampara till April 2000.
He is from a music loving family from Aurangabad..
Presently Shashank is based in Panaji, Goa, working as
a Lecturer in Goa College of Music. He received the Sanskriti-Mani
Mann Fellowship for Indian Classical Music in 2007.
Smt. Manjusha Patil Kulkarni (2008-09)
Manjusha’s ode with music started with Pt. Chintubua
Mhaiskar, at the age of 12. Her hidden talent and potential
was acclaimed by Pt. D.V.Kane, (fondly known as Kane bua)
– renowned teacher of Indian classical music. She
started to learn with Pt. Kanebua in Gurukat Patern at
Ichalkaranji which was a turning point in her musical
life. Here she could familiarize and master the intricacies
of the Agra Gharana ‘bol’ and Gwalior Gharana
She is the recepient of the Sanskriti-Mani Mann Fellowship
for Indian Classical Music 2008 through which she started
her tutelage under the guidance of Dr Ashok ji D Ranade
while continuing to learn from Pt Ulhas Kashalkar.
Shashwati Mandal Paul (2009-10)
Shashwati has been selected for Mani Mann Fellowship
for Indian Classical Music for the year 2009-10 to learn
some rare ragas and compositions of Pt. Kumar Gandharva
and of Pt. Madhup Mudgal from Pt. Madhup Mudgal.
Grand –daughter of late Pt. Balabhau Umdekar, the
erudite exponent of the Gwalior style of classical Hindustani
music and a court musician of the Gwalior state. Shahshwati
initially trained under her mother late Smt. Kamal Mandal.
Later from 1987-1992 she received the national scholarship
from the Departmenrt of Culure for learning ‘Tappa’
and ‘Khyal’ from the veteran musician Pt.
Shashwati is an empanelled artist of the Indain Council
for Cultural Relations in the category ‘Hindustani
vocal solo’. She is also an ‘A’ grade
artist of AIR and Doordarshan.
Gauri Pathare (2011-2012)
She has been awarded the fellowship to undertake guidance
and a residency under Pandit Arun Dravid who is a senior
disciple of Smt Mogubai Kurdikar and Smt Kishori Amonkar..Her
aim is not to radically change her present style of performing,
but to amalgamate the discipline, intricacy, rare ragas
and gayaki of the Jaipur Gharana in her style of singing.