Manjari was born in India on 17 Apr 1986 but spent her childhood in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman where her parents were pursuing their careers. Born with no musical lineage, Manjari’s inspiration to learn music was mainly drawn from her parents, especially her mother who was a keen music enthusiast since her childhood. The spark in this artist was realised at a very early age by her mother. When the legend, Dr.K.J.Yesudas visited Muscat, he happened to hear her sing. Dr.Yesudas adviced her parents to train the child in classical music.
Initiation to Music
Manjari was introduced to Carnatic classical music at the early age of five under the tutelage of Dr. Shyamala Vinod Kumar. Manjari had the unique opportunity of learning from the legend himself during his visits to Muscat. Manjari was a keen learner right from her childhood. A keen participant in music competitions held in various venues at Muscat including Indian School Al Wadi Al Kabir where she studied, she won many accolades in Inter School competitions held every year. She won the 'Kalathilakam' title twice, in 1996 and 1997. It was during one of these competitions that Mr. Ram Kishan, a music teacher in Muscat, offered to teach light music to Manjari who pursued it with equal devotion. For her dedication, she was gifted a 'Harmonium' by her Guruji.
Voice on Record
Manjari's first break came at the age of 13, when Dr.K.J Yesudas, whom she considers as her mentor, invited her for recording her first album in India. Manjari recorded two songs, a solo and a duet with the legend himself.
Learning Hindustani Classical
When Manjari's Guruji, Mr. Ram Kishan left Muscat, she was placed under the tutelage of Ustad Khalid Anwar Jaan, a Pakistani musician settled there. Ustad Khalid Anwar Jaan belongs to the famous 'Kirana' Gharana and introduced Manjari to Hindustani Classical music. Manjari seriously pursued this form of music under the able guidance of her new Guruji. Within a short span of 03 years, Manjari performed her first Hindustani classical concert in Muscat. Manjari was also introduced to the world of Ghazals by her Guruji. The Media in Oman hailed her as the 'Nightingale of Oman'.
Return to India
In 2004, post completion of higher secondary education in Muscat, Manjari returned to India for higher studies in Music. She joined H.H The College for Women in Thiruvanathapuram and pursued her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Carnatic Music. Manjari continued learning music under the tutelage of Perumbavoor G.Raveendranath and later Dr.Omanakutty, both renowned Carnatic classical musicians.
In the same year of her return to India, Manjari was introduced into the world of film music by none other than the 'Isaignani' (Musical Genius), Ilaiyaraaja in the Sathyan Anthikad movie, 'Achuvinte Amma'. She sang two songs in the movie, a duet 'Swasathin Thalam' with Dr.K.J.Yesudas and a solo 'Tamarakuruvikku' which went on to be a chart buster. Manjari went on to record numerous songs for prominent music directors in Malayalam including more than 40 songs for Ilaiyaraaja who introduced her in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada in the years that followed.
Since her début, Manjari worked with all major music directors including veterans in Malayalam like Devarajan Master, Arjunan Master, Raveendran Master, Johnson Master, M G Radhakrishnan, Ouseppachan, Mohan Sithara, Ramesh Narayan and the young directors in the industry. She has to her credit over 200 film songs and has also lent her voice for numerous Malayalam albums. Manjari has also worked with numerous directors in other languages including Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.
Classical Concerts and Ghazal Rendition
Since 2004, Manjari has performed Hindustani Classical concerts in India and the world over under the prestigious banner of "Soorya". In 2014, she performed at the prestigious Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh in Varanasi. Manjari has also gained popularity as a Ghazal singer. She performed an exclusive Ghazal show titled 'Khayal' in 'Media One' Channel featuring popular Ghazals of yesteryears.
Manjari is a popular playback singer and Live performer today. She has set up her own band for Ghazal Concerts and performs at various venues in India and abroad. Manjari continues to pursue her studies in Hindustani Classical Music under the tutelage of Pandit Ramesh Julé of Kirana Gharana.
Manjari won the Kerala State Film Award for the best playback singer in her debut year itself, 2004. The song Mukilin Makale in the movie Makalkku is a touching song bringing out the emotions of motherhood. The song was a stunner from the 17 year old singer who received critical acclaim for her rendition. The coveted Kerala State Award was heartening encouragement for the budding singer in Manjari. She received her second Kerala State Award in 2008 for the song Mullulla Murikkinmel from Vilapangalkkappuram that was yet another milestone in her career. She went on to prove her versatility in her rendition of 'Chinni Chinni' from the movie 'Urumi' which was an instant chart buster. Manjari received almost all the major film awards in 2012 for this song.