Manasa Suresh was initiated into Carnatic music under her mother, Anu Suresh. Since 2008, Manasa has been under the guidance of Padmabhushan Sri. P. S. Narayanaswamy. She also learns from Kunnakudi M. Balamurali Krishna, one of the prime disciples of Sri. PSN. Manasa has won many prizes over the years, most recently the first prize at the Times Thyagaraja Awards, Chennai, and the Sangeeta Yuva Puraskar award from Kalalaya, USA. She has also performed at various venues in the US, UK, and India, and is a regular feature at the annual Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival and the Chennai December season. A Fulbright alumnus in the field of Carnatic music and a graded artist of All India Radio, Chennai, Manasa is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and currently works in the Bay Area.