Manorama Prasad – Asian Music
Manorama Prasad is a South Indian (Carnatic) vocalist, composer and conductor. Since coming to the UK in 1990, she has established
herself as a unique and versatile artist.
A prolific performer, Manorama has also sung at many prestigious international music festivals and venues, including the Edinburgh Festival;
Alchemy & Darbar Festivals at the South Bank; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Lake District and Dartington International Summer Schools
and Salisbury International Arts Festival. She has also performed extensively on radio for BBC Radio 3, BBC Asian Network, and All India Radio.
Her sustained excellence was recognised in 2005 by Trinity College London, with the award of a fellowship and she was conferred the title of
‘Kala Jyothi’ for her outstanding contribution to Indian Classical Music in the UK.
In 2006, Manorama was appointed as the Artistic Director of Samyo and Tarang – the UK’s National South Asian Music Youth Orchestra
and Indian Classical Music Ensemble. Under her direction, Samyo and Tarang broke new ground in the Indian Music arena, leading to
Tarang being invited to perform for Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace and for His Excellency Dr APJ Kalam, President of
India in Liverpool, coupled with a show-stopping concert at the Darbar Festival, a stunning performance at the Royal Albert Hall,
for the BBC Proms and a mesmerizing cross-genre collaboration with Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in the presence of the late Pandit
Ravi Shankar. Manorama’s creation ‘Prapanch’ was performed jointly by Samyo, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Royal Northern
College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music at Excellent! Festival, Sadler’s Wells.
In 2009, she and her son Alok Prasad created “Aarambh” – the national choir for South Asian Music, which brought together supremely
talented young singers from all over the UK, for an evening of Indian ragas, improvisation, harmonies and choral music.
The incredible sound of over 30 voices coming together in perfect harmony left the Purcell Room audience spellbound at this magical
new dimension of Indian Music.
Recently, through her foundation ‘Manodharma’, she is taking a leading role in developing and integrating South Asian Music into the
mainstream UK music scene.