Manoj Kashyap Ready to Perform on Stage

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A well-known Assamese singer-lyricist, Manoj Kashyap has spent the last three years in utter blindness. In March, 2012, Kashyap was being treated for pulmonary disease in a reputed hospital in Mumbai. But, unfortunately wrong treatment on the part of doctors left him completely blind. Even though he has received treatment in Guwahati and outside, including Nepal, his eyesights have hardly made any progress. Today, he completely lacks the use of his eyes, which is such a tragedy for a singer of his talent and skills. As his treatment entailed a lot of money, ‘Limelight’s Arunlochan Das came to his aid and support in May, 2012, when he put up requests in the print media calling for financial help and support. The requests did saw some positive feedback. The State government has provided him with a financial aid of fifty thousand but it isn’t enough. Some socio-cultural organizations have offered financial help too.

However, visual impairment did not deter Manoj Kashyap from performing on stage from time to time. He impressed everyone in the audiences with his renditions in musical functions during the Rongali Bihu celebrations last year. He even managed to collect around rupees one and a half lakh, which is quite a creditable achievement.
Kashyap continues to work hard while hoping to recover from his disability soon. A lot of advancements has been achieved in the field of medical science in recent times. A reputed eye surgeon from Bengaluru has now given him renewed hope. After looking into his case thoroughly, he has assured him of completely curing his damaged optical nerve. But the treatment itself requires him around 10 to 15 lakh rupees.

The last thing that Manoj Kashyap wants is ask for anybody’s help. He wants to raise the huge sum himself with his singing assignments. He is ready to sing and tour throughout the nook and corner of the State during this Bihu season.

Manoj Kashyap is not just a man with a magical voice, but is also a proficient actor and lyricist. He has lent his voice to several popular remix albums produced in Mumbai which became huge hits all over the country, including the first four volumes of Universal Music’s ‘U M I 10’, Times Music’s ‘Jalwa’ and ‘Jadu’, T-Series’ ‘Midnight Party’ among others. Kashyap had also rendered solo in Assamese album ‘Aparupa’. Kashyap’s big opportunity came when he received an invitation to render in a song written by renowned lyricist Gulzar for a Hindi serial called ‘Thodi Haqiquat Thoda Fasana’, which took him to Mumbai way back in 1993. A huge Kishore Kumar fan ever since his childhood, Kashyap himself earned the title of Junior Kishore Kumar in Assam.

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Kashyap also provided lyrics to popular Assamese films – Rajen Rajkhowa’s ‘Sapoon’ (1997) and Ashok Kumar Bishaya’s ‘Bukur Majhot Jhale’ (1999). He also rendered in duet with popular singer Mahalakshmi Aiyar in ‘Bukur Majhot Jhale’ in the song that goes ‘Marame Bisare Aji Tumakei Janu Jana, Hridayatu Asa Tumi Sapoonotu Mathu Tumi..’. The beautifully composed song written by Kashyap, was musically scored by Ashok Kumar Bishaya. His other song ‘Uraniya Mon..’ sung by Bollywood artiste Jojo for film ‘Sapoon’ was musically scored by Jayanta Pathak.

After permanently settling down in Mumbai since 1993, Manoj Kashyap took part in a popular music-based serial for Doordarshan called ‘Meri Awaz Suno’. During that time, he got introduced to veteran music director duo Kalyanji-Anandji. He formed a good deal of impression with important people in Mumbai’s cutthroat music business. Even though he was based in Mumbai, Kashyap kept in constant touch with the musical scene in Assam. He was besieged with a number of singing assignments, most notable amongst them were Bihu-based albums like ‘Pasuwa’, ‘Bojaline Pepati’, ‘Sintamoni’, ‘Bogitora’, modern song based albums ‘Kinu Duchaku Tumar’, ‘Dehe Mone Jwie’, ‘O Mur Priya’, ‘Kolohi Paror Hur’, ‘Sa Re Ga Ma’, ‘Aparupa’ among others.

Manoj Kashyap has also proved his mettle as an actor on stage and TV. He was quite impressive in Baharul Islam’s play ‘Guwahati Guwahati’, which was staged in association with Kohinoor Theatre in 1990. He also acted in a few commissioned programmed serials for Guwahati Doordarshan.

It’s a tragedy for someone as multi-talented as Manoj Kashyap to have become victim to vision impairment due to wrong treatment by doctors, and that too in a well-known hospital in Mumbai. Manoj Kashyap is well aware of the fact that it requires incredible amount of skill to perform on stage when visually impaired. Like the year before, he is all set for the challenge and the struggles ahead. Kashyap is also hoping to receive more singing offers during this festive season than last year.

Various committees and organizations out there can contact this multi-talented artiste at the following mobile number: 88220-27953. It would provide him with much needed inspiration and courage to overcome his disability.
Interestingly, three albums featuring Manoj Kashyap’s voice will hit the stands soon. Besides a modern song-based album tuned by Abhijit Barman, Kamal Kotoky and Manoj Kashyap himself, Kashyap renders his voice in a tribute album featuring songs by Kishore Kumar and a Bihu-based album.

Interestingly, three albums featuring Manoj Kashyap’s voice will hit the stands soon. Besides a modern song-based album tuned by Abhijit Barman, Kamal Kotoky and Manoj Kashyap himself, Kashyap renders his voice in a tribute album featuring songs by Kishore Kumar and a Bihu-based album.

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