Pandit Mani Prasad is an Indian vocalist in the Hindustani classical tradition. A member of the Kirana Gharana (school), he is renowned for his purity in the khayal form of singing, as well as for his popular renditions of devotional music (bhajans and abhangs). He is known to have made many new Ragas and given new dimensions to existing ones under his collection, Dhyan Rang Piya. Pt. Mani Prasad was born to the renowned vocalist from the Kirana Gharana, Pandit Sukhdev Prasad who had received his training in music from Ustad Abdul Karim Khan. Panditji was also guided by his grandfather Pandit Shakti Lal and by his uncles Pandit Shankar Lal and Pandit Gopal Prasad. He moved from Wardha in Maharashtra to New Delhi, in his youth along with his father. He would also accompany his father on all his tours and performances across the country.
Pt. Mani Prasad started his career early, being brought up in a musical family. He is ranked as a Topgrade artist by All India Radio. He is a well recognised television artist with the Doordarshan. He has performed extensively all across the world and has received much appreciation and respect everywhere. He has not only created some new ragas but also composed many bandishes in existing ragas with the mudra Dhyan Rang Piya. He is known to have composed the raga, Raga Vihanginee for the bhajan sung and popularised by Lata Mangeshkar , Sunio Ji Araj in her film Lekin. Among his students are many renowned artists and personalities like Rita Ganguly, Savita Devi Maharaj, Maharaj Ranjit Sinh Gaekwad of Baroda, Pt. Ramesh Jule, Chandan Das, Nirmala Gopalakrishnan among many others. Some of the famous Ragas invented by him are Raga Dhyan Kalyan, Raga Dhyani Todi, Raga Vihanginee among many others. He is also credited to have written and composed the various Bandishes for many Ragas which are his great contributions not only to Indian Classical Music but also to Indian Literature.
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