'a voice steeped in emotion that comes only from the spiritual world, not every one receives this gift ….a timbre that will touch your soul’
Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Saheb (Mumbai,1997)
Billboard artiste & NARAS voting member (The Grammy)
Shashika Mooruth is a versatile ‘conscious' independent artiste from S.Africa now based out of Mumbai, India.
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.
Born in S.Africa, 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 Durban and Natal at large raising funds for old age homes, orphanages, charitable trusts, missionaries, spiritual organisations and various fundraising initiatives.
Honoured at the World Hindu Conference in S.Africa 1995 for her contribution to Indian Music in S.Africa, 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.
She has performed/recorded with eminent artistes like Shri Kishore Kumar, Shri Mahendra Kapoor, Sonu Nigam, Shri Anup Jalota, Shabbir Kumar, Sudesh Bhosle, Abhijieet, Sukhwinder Singh, Bappi Lahiri, Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu, Adnan Sami.
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.
In 2003, she launched her independent music label URJA MUSIC and has produced more than 15 successful albums and singles that enjoy popularity worldwide.
Popular songs include Krishna Jinka Naam Hai, Swagatam Krishna, Gopala, Manzil Tu Hi (Sufi Fusion single that was at no. 29 on iTunes Top 100 World Chart S.Africa in January 2015 and winner of Akademia Award, USA for best Hindi pop song in May 2015) and the latest world fusion album Krishna, The Flute Player.
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no. 14 on the US World Album Billboard chart
(16 Sept. 2016)
Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement
at Global Music Awards, California (Dec. 2016)
and rave review of the album by music critic Rick Anderson has been published in the February issue of CD HotList: New Releases for Libraries (http://cdhotlist.com).
‘born in the wrong country…..you should be in India in the music industry’
Shri Kishore Kumar ( Durban, 1976)