B C Manjunath
B C Manjunath, born in 1976 is a talented young artiste who has many achievements in the Sphere of music. His father Karnataka Kalasree Vidwan B K Chandramouli is a veteran Mridanga Artiste and has traveled worldwide. Manjunath learnt Mridanga under Karnataka Kalasree K N Krishna Murthy and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr T.K.Murthy. Manjunath is an ‘A’ grade artiste at All India Radio and Doordarshan. He was conferred the title of ASTHANA VIDWAN from HIS HOLINESSSRI KANCHI KAMAKOTI PEETADHIPATHI JAGADGURU SRI SANKARACHARYA SWAMIGAL SRIMATAM SAMSTHANAM IN 2012. MANJUNATH has been chosen for the USTAD BISMILLAH KHAN YUVA PURASKAR FOR THE YEAR 2012 given by Central Sangeeth Natak Aakdemi and he will receive the same in August 2014 at Agartala, Tripura, India.
Manjunath has accompanied many greats from India and abroad. He has shared the stage along some international legends like Kani karaka (Turkish Sufi singer), Lucio Dalla (Italian Pop music icon), Robin Eubanks (Trombone genius from USA), Akram Khan (UK’s renowned Kathak and contemporary dancer) Bibiena Quintet (a famous wind quintet from Italy) Sidi Larbi cherkoui(celebrated choreographer from Belgium) and the list go on. Some composers he worked with are Rafael Reina, Riccardo Nova, members of Bhedam and organizations like Conservatorium of Amsterdam, The Carnatic lab festival 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007, Zagreb Music Biennale 2003, North Sea Jazz festival 2003, Fabrica Italy, United Colors of Benetton, Amsterdam percussion group, Santander Percussion festival-Spain, Perth International festival-Perth, Roma Europe Festival 2004-06, Milano Musica at John Cage Festival 2007, Akram Khan Dance Company, Ictus Ensemble from Belgium, Quintetto Bibiena from Italy, Het Nederlands Fluit Orkest.
Manjunath is one among few carnatic musicians who has the ability to read, transcribe and play from western notation. In May 2002 Manjunath was awarded Ananya Yuva Puraskar, an award given to a talented percussion player from Karnataka. He was presented with CMANA Award from Bangalore’s Percussive arts centre in 2005 May. Manjunath has been a regular member of many percussion ensembles. He has many cassettes and CD’s to his credit.
When it comes to teaching, He has given numerous workshops in places like Amsterdam Conservatory, NISS-OSLO, SUND AND TRONDHEIM-Norway, Conservatory of Rotterdam, International Dance festival-Vienna, Sydney festival, Altamura (Italy) and many more which were well received.