ABOUT

Shashika Mooruth is a versatile and independent artiste from S.Africa.

US Billboard artiste and a Grammy voting member.

SAMA24 recipient of International Achievement Award by The Recording Industry of South Africa, presented by the Honourable President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa at Sun City Super Bowl on 2nd June 2018.

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Widely traveled to more than twenty-five countries, her 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 in May 2006 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’. 

Shashika is born a natural singer. She embarked on Hindustani classical training only after completing her university education but she loves to experiment with different styles. As a ‘conscious’ artiste she does not restrict herself to any genre. Rather she aims to not just entertain but to create a positive shift in the consciousness of her listeners, hence her performances range from classical to pop, kirtan to folk to Bollywood, in fact she allows her voice to roam as a free spirit singing from her soul. 

She had an interest from childhood to spread a message of peace through her music. By the age of fourteen, she had sung to some of the largest audiences in South Africa raising funds for old age homes, orphanages, charitable trusts, missionaries, spiritual organisations and various fundraising initiatives. Apart from achieving gold and silver medals for her vocal performances in 1974 and 1975 at the eistedfods organised by the Hindi Shiksha Sangh, Shashika also received a silver for gaining the highest aggregate in the intermediate division of the Speech and Drama Eisteddfod from M.L. Sultan Technical College in 1976. In the same year, she also performed on stage in Durban with two renowned recording artistes from India viz. Kishore Kumar and Mahendra Kapoor. Honoured at the World Hindu Conference in S.Africa 1995 for her contribution to Indian Music in S.Africa alongside Indian artistes Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Pdt Hrdaynath Mangeshkar, she also received the South African Hindu Dharma Sabha’s Honour award from the Indian Consulate General Mr Anil Sharma in 2011 for her sterling contribution to the advancement of Indian culture in S.Africa through her music and performed at the welcome reception of Indian PM Shri Narendra Modi in S.Africa in 2016. She has worked with prominent artistes in India such as Shri Anup Jalota, Sonu Nigam and Adnan Sami. She has completed Sangit Visharad l in Hindustani Vocal under her guru Pandit Sudhindra Bhowmick and sitar under Smt. Stuti Dey from Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, affiliated to University of Lucknow 

In 2003, she launched her independent music label URJA MUSIC. Her interest as a music producer, songwriter and recording artiste increased hence she spent less time as a stage performing artiste and produced more than fifteen successful albums and singles that enjoy popularity worldwide.

In 2015, her productions saw her single Manzil Tu Hi achieve no. 29 on iTunes SA Top 100 in World Music. The ultimate was her production of World Music album Krishna, The Flute Player. The album received rave reviews in USA and appeared at no. 14 on the US Billboard Chart in September 2016. It was also included in the Music Appreciation and World Music classes at Emerson College in Boston in October and received a Silver Certificate for outstanding achievement at Global Music Award, California. In 2017 it was again nominated at Global Peace Song Awards while a track from the album “It’s SA GA SA GA MA” was nominated in Best World Music Song at the Roundglass Music Awards 2018, New York, USA.

Her latest production is Heart to Heart, an album that has her rendering her vocals to eight romantic songs in the Hindi language.

Blessed with the natural ability that involves communicating, teaching, healing and entertaining that suits her personality and interests, Shashika  also conducts workshops, music therapy sessions, voice classes and delivers motivational talks all through her unique, holistic approach. 


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© Shashika Mooruth 2018