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The Mystery of Manjula Gururaj Revealed

It’s been almost 2 years that we stopped hearing our own Karnataka’s versatile singer Manjula Gururaj’s voice. The singer revealed the reason at an impromptu interview with TWB at Windsor Manor where she was present as the Mirchi Music Awards South 2009 Jury member. 

Manjula Gururaj painfully remarked that she had not stopped singing, but Sandalwood film producers were more keen on importing singers from North.

The present  Kannada film  industry has forgotten its own singer who has sung over 3000 film songs in 9 languages, she lamented. Manjula said her love and attachment for Kannada was eternal and she had chosen it over other languages.

Manjula Gururaj entered Kannada film industry as a playback singer in November 1983 for the Kannada movie Rowdi Raaja, with Music Director Satyam and Director Joe Simon. She became popular for the famous hip hop number “Ollage Seridhare Gundu”…in Nanjundi Kalyana (1989) with music Director Upendra Kumar. She has also worked with the most esteemed Music Directors of many states. To date she has sung more than 2,000 film songs in seven languages, more than 12,500 songs in, devotional, bhavageethe, folk, non-filmy, Indi pop, vachana’s dasara padha, semi classical, bhajans ghazals, chaudki padha, etc. in 9 languages.

She has sung suprabhathas on numerous deities in 6 languages amounting to 98 variants in all. This came very close to entering the Guinness book of world records. She has won the hearts of many in giving more than 4,000 live performances from the tender age of 7. Presently, the veteran singer is training many young singers in her  Sadhana Music School” which has centers in Jayanagar, Basavanagudi and Malleshawaram. 

Those who wish to join Sadhana Music School may contact: 22976962; E mail:mg@manjulagururajsadhana.org.

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