Manuraj Singh Rajput is one of the deciples of Legendary Flautist Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia who has been in this field for quite long time now.
Manuraj Singh Rajput is a renowned classical musician who has been playing flute for past eighteen years. He has been learning at Vrindaban Gurukul (Mumbai) from Padmavibhushan Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia and wants to take forward Guru-Shishya Parampara a step forward. . He also has in-depth knowledge of Semi-Classical, Light, Folk and western music too. He has spread the aroma of Indian Bamboo Flute platform countless times by performing on international platforms like University of California, San Fransisco, University of Pittsburg, New York White Light Festival , University of Georgia (Atlanta) ,Sony Center Canada along with Nrityagram Dance Ensemble,Indian embacy Poland( Europe) ,Asolo Theatre Florida,Los Angeles, China Festival, Dubai, Doha, South Africa, Indonesia and many others.He has also shared the stage with his Guru Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia innumerable times. He has also held his name in top eight performers in Star Plus reality show Dil Hai Hindustani -2. Throughout his journey he has also accompanied singers like Sonu Nigam and Richa Sharma on stage. He has also been a part of Kapil Sharma show too as a musician. Manuraj Singh has a motto of sharing all that he learned from his guru and music industry and make this divine knowledge accessible to all.
When my mother Sushila Tomar set the harmonium in my childhood, my heart would bloom. At the age of eleven, I started singing bhajans with her in the neighboring temple. I met my first Guru Rakesh Bansiwala Ji at the Bihari Ji Temple in Bharatpur. He runs a tea shop and the sweet sound of his flute in the temple still resonates today. When I learned a little from him, he started playing flutes in stories, hymns and temples. When stage performance was given in the town hall of Bharatpur, the audience used to give heavy applause.
After this I was sent to Jaipur to do engineering like all students. Here I took admission in B.Tech, but I never liked it so I stopped going to college. In my mind, the flute would resonate daily, so here I started learning flutes from Sandeep Soni sir. During this time, friends in college helped a lot. They used to pay my fine with their pocket money. While training in B.Tech, I started lying at home and started training at Ravi Prasanna sir in Delhi. In two months of engineering training, I took 'Flute' training.The real struggle started after this.
I used to travel 1300 km for a year for admission in Gurukul of Guruji Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Guruji does not give admission to anyone so easily, but the notes that I received from there, I would come to Bharatpur and practice them for six to eight hours daily. Panditji saw my ascendant and was happy. I told them that this is the last year of my engineering, if I do not get your support, then the engineering job will have to be done at the will of the family.
When I struggled for a year, I used to read Swami Vivekananda's books. He was inspired by the fact that 'On the day that life does not come into difficulty, on that day understand that you are on the wrong path'. After much struggle, I got admission there. Where Guruji's disciples taught a lot. Guruji sent me to the Gurukul of Orissa. I took training there for six months. Then Panditji called me back to Mumbai. Stayed here from 2011 to 2015 and my dream of learning flute from Guruji was fulfilled. Guruji always says that music is our religion. It has to be done like worship.