Manu Srivastava started his Hindustani Classical Music training in Kanpur at the tender age of 4 under the guidance of Smt. Snigdha Biswas. He later continued his training in Canada and India under gurus such as Smt. Lata Sathe (disciple of Pt. Kumar Gandharva) Smt. Veena Shukla (disciple of Pt. Balwant Rai Bhatt) and Sri Shrikant Lagu and Pt. Arun Dravid. He mainly acquired his training in the tradition of Gwalior Gharana but a touch of Agra and Jaipur Gharana can be seen in his khayal gayaki.
What really changed Srivastava’s outlook on Shastriya Sangeet was his vigorous training under the late Pt. Kashinath Shankar Bodas. Pandit Bodas brought out the best in Manu, inspiring him to refine his music through intense daily riyaz. He is now under the guidance of Smt. Padma Talwalkar. Srivastava teaches Shastriya Sangeet to over 70 students in the Phoenix Metro area. He not only performs and teaches, he helps organize workshops and concerts in the Phoenix area for visiting artists from India.
Raised in Canada and the USA since the age of ten, he has unique understanding of both cultures and is an inspiration to his students. He believes that knowledge is the only way to get the younger generation interested in Shastriya Sangeet and hopes to impart it for many years to come. He has performed extensively throughout USA and Canada.
In this live performance, Srivastava presents his rendition of Raga Madhukauns. The first composition is composed by his late guru Pt. Kashinath Bodas, while at the same time Srivastava has incorporated his own style and version to the traditional version of Pandit ji. The second composition (Tarana) is composed by Srivastava himself. The third composition is a traditional composition. The second track is a rendition of a devotional song composed by Pt. Kashinath Bodas.
Tabla accompaniment: Sri Prafulla Athalye
Harmonium accompaniment: Sri Ramchandra Joshi