MILESTONES

The setbacks to the Indian community in terms of culture during the days of apartheid did not deter Shashika Mooruth. Her career started at the age of seven in 1971 and with no infrastructure and access to professional training towards Indian music, she imbibed singing skills by listening to various international artistes on the radio. Her journey reaching to great heights continues…….

ACCOLADES AND MILESTONES

2017 OCTOBER - Sonu Nigam and Shashika Mooruth release single RAFTA RAFTA. Composed and written by A.K. Hussein and arranged by Maqbool Hussein. Catch the lyric video here:


2017 OCTOBER - Shyam Piya from Jogan is nominated in World Music at the Hollywood Music in Media awards.

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2017 SEPTEMBER - Sadhna TV interviews Shashika Mooruth during her workshop with kids in Ladysmith on using music to enhance life skills.
                                  

2017 AUGUST 14th - Delhi weekly newspaper UDAY PRAKASH features Shashika Mooruth. An article by Shri Harsh Kumar

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2017 AUGUST 1st - The Flute Breathes from Krishna, The Flute Player is nominated in World Music in USA for the Global Peace Song Awards 2017.

2017 JULY 27th - Shashika Mooruth in Ladysmith - http://ladysmithgazette.co.za/90277/shashika-mooruth-ladysmith/

2017 JULY 27th - A musical weekend with Shashika Mooruth in Ladysmith - http://ladysmithgazette.co.za/90271/musical-weekend-shashika-mooruth-ladysmith/

2017 JULY 12th - Shashika spreads her message of peace through music in Southport - http://southcoastherald.co.za/217886/spreading-her-message-through-music/

2017 MAY - Rolling Stone India article on Shashika Mooruth’s music and journey
http://rollingstoneindia.com/why-shashika-mooruth-wants-to-make-spiritual-music-cool-again/

2017 APRIL single Tere Bina, a duet with Sameer Khullar is at no. 54 on the iTunes Pop chart in Venezuela. http://music.okihika.com/VE/s/justadded/1185

2017 APRIL Album Naam Hari Ka Japle Bande is at no. 200 on the iTunes Top World Music chart in Trinidad and Tobago http://www.appsplanet.de/tt/music/topalbums/19-world/?start=192&length=32

2017 APRIL - Krishna, The Flute Player features on www.oneworldmusic.co.uk

 2017 MAR. - SAMRO (South African Music Rights Organization) profiles Shashika Mooruth in its monthly feature of BEAT BULLETIN.

http://www.samro.org.za/newsletter/beat-bulletin-march-2017#SHASHIKA MOORUTH TAKING THE WORLD BY STORM

2017 MAR. - Tere Bina music video, duet Sameer Khullar & Shashika Mooruth released by Crescendo is in semi-finals in music video category at Los Angeles Cine Fest. 2017. 

http://www.lacinefest.org/semifinalists.html

2017 MAR. - Devotional song videos are featured on Aastha International TV that broadcasts over 170 countries. 

2017 FEB. - Tere Bina music video, duet Sameer Khullar & Shashika Mooruth released by Crescendo wins Best Music Video in Moscow Festival

http://moscowcityfest.weebly.com/

2017 FEB. 6th - Tere Bina music video, duet Sameer Khullar & Shashika Mooruth released by Crescendo chosen as official selection in the music video category in CICFF 2017 Calcutta International Cult Film Festival

http://www.hlc-cicff.com/monthly-selection-january-2017/

2017 FEB. - Krishna, The Flute Player receives a rave review on CD Hotlist in World Music by Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Collections and Scholarly Communication in the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah.

https://cdhotlist.com/2017/02/06/february-2017/

2016, DECEMBER - Krishna, The Flute Player received Silver Certificate for outstanding achievement at Global Music Award, California, USA 

http://www.globalmusicawards.com/index.html

2016, November - Krishna, The Flute Player was selected in Top 100 World Albums for first round voting at The Grammys. 

2016, October - Krishna, The Flute Player was also included in the Music Appreciation and World Music classes at Emerson College in Boston in October. 

2016, SEPTEMBER - Krishna, The Flute Player appeared at no. 14 on the US Billboard Charts in World Album 

http://www.billboard.com/artist/7506898/shashika-mooruth/chart

2016, July 8th -performed at Ticket Pro Dome, Johannesburg, South Africa for the welcome reception of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with media coverage over 15 countries. 

2016, April 18th and 19th - Let’s Celebrate Lata Mangeshkar A-Z concert at iZulu Theater, Sibaya. The entire production concept, design and 150 min. solo performance by Shashika Mooruth 

2015, August 13th - performed at Jaladuta Yatra at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata hosted by ISKCON, Kolkata before an audience of 14000 and in the presence of the Chief Minister of West Bengal and Kiran Bedi. 

2015 MAY - Manzil Tu Hi won best Hindi/Pop song at Akademia Awards, California, USA 

http://www.theakademia.com/may2015_bestsong_pophindi.html

2015, JANUARY - Manzil Tu Hi at no. 29 on iTunes SA Top 100 World Music Chart

2011, MAY - Received the Dharma Sabha Honour’s Award for sterling contribution to the advancement of Hindu religion and culture presented by Indian Consul General Mr. Anil Kumar Sharan, Durban 

2007 - Produced, directed and acted as Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in dance drama Shri Jagannathastakam.

2006 May - performed kirtan at the United Nations, New York for the presentation and talk by HH Sacinandana Swami on The Kailash Tour. 

2006 - Govinda Madhava from Swagatam Krishna nominated at Just Plain Folks Music Awards, USA in Indian music category. 

http://www.jpfolks.com/MusicAwards/2006/SongNominees.html

2003 - launched Urja Music her own music label cum production company. 

1996, JANUARY - First prize in the finals of the Speech contest organised by the Indo-American Society, Mumbai

1997 - Sang before the legendary Pakistani singer Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Saheb in Mumbai.

1995, JULY 10th - honoured with certificate of Recognition for distinguised and dedicated service to Hindu Dharma at World Hindu Conference in Durban, South Africa. 

1995 JULY 10th- Performed before 30 000 at the historical World Hindu Conference, Village Green Stadium, North Beach,Durban, South Africa as accompaniment to Pandit Hrdaynath Mangeshkar. Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and  Shri M. Pithukuli Murgadas also performed on same evening. 

1991, APRIL 27th - Received citation from Radio Lotus, the Indian service of the South African Broadcasting Corporation on behalf of the Indian Community of South Africa for consistently excellent entertainment, presented in Durban by Fakir Hassen, manager Radio Lotus.

1991- performed in StarNite 91 organised by Alliance of Hindu Student Associations with playback singers Abhijeeth, Shabeer Kumar, Chandrani Mukherjee, Guddi, Sumeet Saigal, Madhavi, Kumar Sanu, Usha Mangeshkar, and The Malik Brothers in South Africa.

1989-1991 - signed by Venus Records & Tapes PVT. LTD. Mumbai as resident recording artiste under the direction of H&R manager Mr. Hashmi. First S.African artiste to be signed by an Indian music label. 

1988 - performed a Hindi solo devotional song in the first Diwali broadcast on SABC ONE for the Indian community in South Africa. 

1984 - recorded first album of original songs Sneha in Mumbai composed and arranged by Sayed Ali with lyrics by Zaheer Anwar. First S.African artiste to record an original album of songs in India with Indian artistes. 

1980 - first studio recording of “Popular Film Hits” in Mumbai with live musicians.

1976, APRIL 7th - Silver Certificate from M.L. Sultan Technical College for gaining the highest aggregate in the intermediate division of the Speech and Drama Eisteddfod.

1978, 9 October - The Fabulous Shashika Mooruth Show at Durban City Hall in aid of Chatsworth Child & Family Welfare Society produced by Mr. Aniruth Mooruth and directed by Shashika Mooruth.

1977 - Performed at the first ISKCON Janmasthami celebrations at Unit 3B grounds attended by 25 000 people. 

1977, June 26th - performed before a crowd of 50 000 people at Unit 3b Football Ground, Chatsworth for Milk Carnival organised by Durban Milk Publicity Council courtesy of Mr. Amichand Rajbansi.

1977 - performed a duet with playback legend Shri Mahendra Kapoor at Shah Jehan Cinema. First S.African to share the stage in a duet with the playback singer from India. 

1976 - Performed on stage Kishore Kumar Nite and became the first S.A. African artiste to be invited by a renowned and legendary playback singer Shri Kishore Kumar to be part of his concert. 

1976 - First position for Prepared Mime (Intermediate) at the Speech and Drama Eistedfod at M.L. Sultan Technical College. 

1975 - Gold Medal and first prize for singing in Junior Section at the Hindi Shiksha Sangh, South Africa, Hindi Eistedfod.

1974 - Silver Medal and second prize for singing in Junior section at the Hindi Shiksha Sangh, South Africa, Hindi Eistedfod finals.

1974 - First prize in singing in Junior section at the Hindi Shiksha Sangh, Regional Hindi Eisteddfod

1971, August 13th - First performance at age of seven at midnight at Shri Krishnastami festival organised at the Shri Luxmi Narain Temple, Mobeni Heights, South Africa. 


EDUCATION

1970-1971 - Ahmedia Primary School, Mayville.

1971-1976 - Excelsior Primary School, Mobeni Heights.

1974, August - Honours in Grade One in Speech & Drama with Honours from Trinity College of Music, London.

1974 Oct. - Merit in Speech in Grade B from The South African Guild of Speech and Drama Teachers

1975 October - Honours in Grade C in Speech under The South African  Guild of Speech and Drama Teachers. 

1976 Oct. - Merit in Speech in Grade D from The South African Guild of Speech and Drama Teachers. 

1977 November - Merit in Speech in Senior 1 Level at The South African Guild of Speech and Drama Teachers.

1979, August - Honours in Grade Five in Speech & Drama from Trinity College of Music, London. 

1980, August - Honours in Speech and Drama Senior III at The South African Guild of Speech and Drama Teachers.

1981 - matriculated with exemption from Gandhi Desai Secondary, Durban Central.

1995 - Graduated in Bachelor of Science through UNISA majoring in Chemistry and Psychology

1989 - Diploma in Hindustani vocal and sitar from Bhatkande Sangit Vidyapith, Mumbai afflitilated to Lucknow University.

1991 - Sangit Visharad Part 1 in Hindustani Vocal from Bhatkande Sangit Vidyapith, Mumbai afflitilated to Lucknow University (1991).

1996 - Grade A in Television and Communication Skills from Rifract (Reflections Institute for Research and Communications in Television, Mumbai).


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