Dr Charu Mani

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Music
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 53514


Dr Charulatha Mani, an Indian-Australian performer-musicologist-pedagogue originally from Chennai, is an expert in Karnatik vocal music of Southern India with an avid interest in Early Opera. She was awarded a PhD in historical musicology on ‘Hybridising Karnatik Music and Early Opera: Voice, Word, and Gesture’ from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane (August 2019). She performs, records, lectures, and publishes widely, and loves to creatively engage with marginalised communities through socially impactful music research projects. Her recent “Sing to Connect” research project explored the role of singing lullabies and storytelling for perinatal mental health and wellbeing in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) new and expectant mothers in Logan, Australia. Charu’s research/teaching interests lie in mapping artistic research processes and their cultural origins to lived experiences of everyday creativities in individuals and communities. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). In July, her monograph “Reimagine to revitalise: New approaches to performance practices across cultures” is being launched by Cambridge University Press. Visit Charu's ResearchGate, Google Scholar and YouTube profiles.

Research Impacts

Dr Charu Mani has raised over $60,000 in last year in research funds benefitting the wellbeing of marginalised women through music. In partnering with Metro South Health and Access Community Services, Logan, her work demonstrates effective synergies between communities, industry, and the health sector. She has over 5,00,000 views on her YouTube channel featuring pedagogical videos on Karnatik music of South India.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University


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Book Chapter

  • Mani, Charulatha (2020). Chennai: culture at the cusp of change.. Music cities: evaluating a global cultural policy concept . (pp. 103-125) edited by Christina Ballico and Allan Watson. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-35872-3_6

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Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Mani, Charulatha (2022). Hridaya Kamala. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: UQ School of Music.

  • Mani, Charulatha, Wren, Toby and Shreshta, Dheeraj (2022). Bris Asia Festival: Love Songs. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Bris Asia and Sounds Across Oceans.

  • Mani, Charulatha (2021). RagAlive: personifications of the divine. Online: Isai Payanam Records.

  • Mani, Charulatha (2021). Sing to connect: welcoming wellbeing. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University.