The Band for Indian Lounge Music.
A stress buster, a mood elevator, a pick-me-up for the soul- Lounge music has gained immense popularity amongst a wide, discerning and mature audience across the country today. Unknown to many, Indian Music has an inherent ‘lounge-y’ element to it… with the introduction of classical pieces amongst the more contemporary rock/pop music. Indian or Desi lounge has entered the main stream consciousness with the popularity of ‘Coke Studio’, and efforts of a number of contemporary singers and bands, who have benefited from a background in Hindustani Classical Music, as well as Western Rock, Pop and Jazz Music.
Manthan, is a group of an extremely talented music professionals, who have been performing individually in Goa and around the Country over the past three years. A number of planned and impromptu Jam sessions later, Manthan came into being. The brainchild of Shubhangi Joshi, the lead vocalist, the band seeks to move beyond the conventional, yet maintains a strong link with the familiar well known melodies that sets your foot tapping, and spirit soaring. The result is a sound that is distinctly lounge, yet comfortably familiar to modern day Indian sensibilities. Retro Hindi Film music provides a huge storehouse of melodies that are adaptable to the lounge feel and have been used by the band to great effect through cover versions of popular songs. Other than Shubhangi, the Band consists of Ashish on the Keyboard, Ashley on Bass, on Guitars and Craston on Drums, while Siddhesh provides male vocals.
Manthan performs regularly for Corporate, Private and Wedding gigs. The Band has performed at prestigious events like the IFFI, Goa River Marathon, Saturday Night Market, the grand Naval Musical Evening and many more such.
A trained student of Indian Classical Music, Shubhangi has studied under the tutelage of Mrs Shobha Abhyankar, (mother of renowned classical singer Sanjeev Abhyankar) & Shri Ramesh Sukhtankar for over ten years in Pune and Goa. She has performed on stage from a very young age, and has given numerous stage performances in both Classical and Light Music (Hindi / Marathi) all over India and abroad. A versatile singer, she has recorded albums of the world Music / Relaxation / Meditation Genre, like the ‘Saqi Lounge’, accompanying the noted Ghazal singer, Ghulam Ali. She launched her first individual album – ‘Krishnagaan’ some time ago which also features numbers by the illustrious Suresh Wadkar. Her soul stirring Konkani song “Jaytyo Raati” for the Konkani Album Moga Majya – composed by music director E R Vinay created waves in the goa music scene.
Her recent project of a Bollywood Jazz album – in collaboration with Goa’s leading bass player Colin D Cruz, has generated a lot of praise and following from the listeners around the world.
She has been performing live with her own band MANTHAN, sings Gazals/ Hindi/Marathi Light Music for corporate events, Weddings and other social / cultural events. Apart from MANTHAN, Shubhangi also performs with the ‘Brown Indian Band’ and ‘Smoking Chutney’ – Jazz and Fusion Jazz Bands based in Goa. She performed live with the band at the Koktobel Jazz Festival in Russia in 2015. She also regaled the audiences with live performances of her Bollywood Jazz album in Bangkok (Aug 2016).
As a HOST
Shubhangi provides the client a winning formula of elegance, versatility, wit, class and an easy vibe with her audience, be it in English, Hindi or Marathi. Understanding the mood of the audience and balancing it with the client’s need is her specialty. Her amazing singing talent added to her repertoire of anecdotes, stories, fun and games to keep the mood and flow of the show going, has proved an irresistible combination which always leaves the audience wanting more!
With over ten years of stage experience, coupled with performing with her own band, Shubhangi has a compelling stage presence and her experience enables her to effortlessly adapt to formal corporate events as well as feisty party affairs.
As a PERFORMER
Shubhangi is a trained classical singer and has performed on stage from a very young age. She has featured on “Sa Re Ga Ma” as well as shared music albums with renowned artistes like Ghulam Ali and Suresh Wadkar.
She is the lead singer in her own band “Manthan Lounge”, which has regaled audiences for over three years now. Shubhangi’s unique twist to her music and stage presence is guaranteed to leave the audience spellbound.
As a TRAINER
Shubhangi is a certified trainer from the Dale Carnegie Institute. Over the last one year she has conducted extremely successful team-building workshops for corporates in and around Pune and Goa.