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Sharmila Pinki Ghoshal is Founder and Director at Manjari School of Performing Arts and a well-known Guru of North Indian Classical music in the tri-state area. As an internationally-acclaimed vocalist and New Jersey Council on The Arts grant recipient, Sharmila strives to disseminate Indian culture in the U.S.A. She is a senior disciple of the legendary maestro Pandita Girija Deviji of Benaras Gharana. Aside from her commitment to Manjari School of Performing Arts, Sharmila is a performing artist and active member of Epic Actor’s Workshop, South Asian Theatre Festival, NJPAC, and Crossroads Theatre. 

Background
Sharmila joined the prestigious repertory theater, Bohurupee, at the age of 4 and trained under famous maestros, such as Tripti and Sombhu Mitra. She was in Bohurupee for 18 years and accompanied them in traveling tours throughout India. Sharmila performed in notable plays with the company, such as Putul-khela, Raktakarabi, Muktodhara, Raaja Oeidipous, and Pagla-Ghoraalso, and became an Assistant Production Manager. She later worked with the Gandhar theatre group and acted in more dramas.

Selected Musical Accomplishments
Directed and sang in the CD “Bedona Gaireek Raadha” – Hindusthan Records (1997 ) Listen to a sample here

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2 times recipient of Grants from NJ Council on the Arts
Vocal Artist at Rourkela T.V – Orissa
B-high grade artist at All India Radio Kolkata (Trained under Jagannath Bose)
Vocal Artist at Juva-Bani – All India Radio Kolkata

Education/Profession
M.A. in History – Jadavpur University – Kolkata (1989).
M.A. in Library Science – St. John’s University- Queens, NY (1992).
Musician and Reference Librarian at Woodbridge Public Library, working for 15 years
Professional Actress and Musician

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