Past Fellows - Mani Mann


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 ‘taan’.

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. Balasaheb Poonchwale.

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.

Anagha Bhat (2019-2020)
A disciple of Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar at the ITC Sangeet Research Aacademy, Kolkata, Anagha was initiated into music at a young age by her parents. She went on to train under Vidushi Geeta Hegde ji in Bangalore. Anagha also holds a bachelors in Computer science Engineering and a Masters in Hindustani music. A recipient of the Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur Yuva puraskaar, the Inlaks fellowship, The Ministry of Culture fellowship, She has performed at several prestigious music festivals, both India and abroad. Anagha continues to receive taalim from her legendary guru in Pune where she is working towards building her music to be both deep-rooted in tradition and innovation.

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