Widely traveled to more than twenty-five countries, Shashika Mooruth’s voice with its unique timbre is her passport to much acclaim. She has had the honor of performing for a select audience at the United Nations and receiving overwhelming applause. The late world-renowned Pakistani singer and Grammy winner Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Saheb heard her sing in Mumbai and was all praise for her talent and voice which he described as ‘steeped in soul and emotion’.
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South African born singer Shashika Mooruth recently released her album Krishna, The Flute Player which has reached no. 14 on the US World Album Billboard Charts. Overwhelmed to be on the chart Shashika said it was an accomplishment considering the humble beginning of her childhood years in S.Africa of not having exposure to Indian musical training.
While her bhajans have received international popularity, Shashika recorded a Sufi fusion song in 2014. Titled Manzil Tu Hi, the song went on to No. 29 on the iTunes World Music Top 100 South African Chart and won best hindi pop song at Akademia Awards in USA. “Manzil Tu Hi is a gift to me from Khwaja ji,” says Shashika. The song was released at Ajmer and received wide coverage on Zee TV and UTV in Ajmer. Composed and written by Rajeev Mahavir and vocals by Shashika Mooruth the song can be heard at this link
As an independent artiste, Shashika produces and releases her music via her own label Urja Music.
Krishna, The Flute Player is a different album altogether. In this album Shashika describes that each track describes her experiences in her life’s journey. “My journey that started as a little girl in S.Africa to India the land of spiritual music.…My attraction to the flute player who sent me on a journey of music from Govardhan in Uttar Pradesh to Ajmer in Rajasthan! The flute player who has taken me to different parts of the world in my music.”
The album is intended to create artistic inspiration, relaxation, and optimism. It can be used by listeners for yoga, massage, meditation, as a method of stress management or to create a peaceful atmosphere in your home or other environments.
Composed and arranged by Rajeev Mahavir and Shashika Mooruth, the album includes both electronic forms and acoustic forms, featuring instruments such as flutes, piano, acoustic guitar and a wide variety of non-western acoustic instruments such as the bamboo flute, sarangi, bulbul tarang and batajon.
And off course it is all tuned up with Shashika’s vocal arrangements. Her voice weaves in and out of the sound of different instruments and dives deep into your soul.
With Rakesh Chaurasia & Atul Sharma on bamboo flute, Pradeep Pandit on bulbul tarang and Sandeep Mishra on sarangi, Krishna, The Flute Player is definitely music for the soul.