Shree Yashlaxmi Arrt is an institution in Pune founded by Manjushree Vasant Oak around 1995, with an aim to present educative and entertaining programs of high caliber in the fields of fine arts and culture, without any compromise on quality. At the same time, on its own, the institution takes care to observe and fulfill its social responsibilities. Till today, the institution has presented a good number of such programs in the field of Classical music, Marathi, Hindi Music, Ghazal, Instrumental music etc..
‘Yashalaxmi Aart’ is a movement, dedicated to the revival of good, old songs from the Golden Era of Hindi films, as well as of Classical music, Marathi, Hindi Music, Ghazal, Instrumental music etc. It is a group of enthusiasts, dedicated to make but a small attempt to counter the degradation of musical values in contemporary cinema and stage performances. To this effect, it is our mission to bring to the people, not only the great composers of the Golden Era of films, but also arrangers and musicians, whose contribution has been no less.We have, so far, presented programmes based on the songs composed by Salil Choudhary, Madan Mohan, O P Nayyar, S D Burman, C Ramchandra, Shankar-Jaikishan as also sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosale, Mohd.Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Geeta Dutt, Talat Mehmood etc. Essentially, our programmes are ‘theme-based’.
‘live’ instruments, like Sitar, Saxophone, Trumpet, Santoor, Flute (IndianKey) Accordian, in all our programmes. To add to this, we have had the privilege of having some of the most celebrated musicians from the industry, who have actually played the original score. Some of them are arrangers to well-known music directors.
been associated with the industry for a long time. Our singers too are professionals, most of them performing on Radio/TV programmes.
Miss Manjushree Oak, founder of this organization, is herself an accomplished vocalist. Holding a master’s degree in Music, she has featured regularly on the local TV channel, besides having performed on stage, in India Abroad.
What sets us apart, is that we make maximum use of We have also had the privilege of having advisors who have Our most significant achievement has been our association with the legendary Pt. Hridaynath Mangeshkar, OP Nayyar Khayyamji. The late maestro has been a mentor to us and we have been privileged to have him attending all our programmes.
On 20 March, 2008, the institution has felicitated Smt. Mubarak Begum, a well-known playback singer of one time, now in distress, with a purse of Rs.51,000/-
On the 25 th of September, 2008, a program on the life time achievements of the great music maestro Shri Khayyam, Hindi Film Music Director, was well organized and presented. with grand success. During this program, ‘Maanavya’, a Pune based institution, working for the support and uplift of born HIV positive children was helped by us with a purse of Rs. 72,000/-. Also, at the same time, we have contributed Rs. 11,000/- towards the Sakal Relief Fund raised by Sakal, Pune for the flood affected people of Bihar. Last Five years Shree Yashlaxmi Arrt has been working on water problem rendering a musical show for emphasizing the value of Water & the importance of its effective management. The objective is to create awareness about water conservation albeit in an interesting, entertaining way. It is a Theme-based show which would not only fascinate the audience but also make them think that EVERY DROP IS PRECIOUS.