Manju began her journey in dancing from the tender age of five at the Temple of Fine Arts in the form of Bharata Natyam under the tutelage of Vatsala Sivadas. She then ventured into Odissi at the age of 15 under the guidance of Geetha Shankaran Lam.
She obtained her initial training in Kathak under Umesh Shetty at the age of 16 and continued her training in Perth with Sukhi Krishnan & Sarasa Krishnan. She is currently under the guidance of Kathak Guru Pandit Birju Maharaj. Manju also started learning contemporary dance at the age of 18 under Umesh Shetty.
Manju performed her dance debut in Bharata Natyam in 1997, proffering her the title ‘Nrityanjali’. She performed her Odissi debut in 2004, marking her graduation in the style of Odissi. Manju also graduated from Curtin University with a BSc (Mathematics) in 2003.
Manju has performed extensively in numerous shows and productions produced by the Temple of Fine Arts. In 1998, she played the lead role in the production Shakuntala that was staged internationally.
Manju is currently a professional dancer based in Perth performing internationally. Apart from teaching Bharata Natyam, Odissi and Kathak at the Temple of Fine Arts, she also assists Sukhi Shetty-Krishnan with rehearsals for performances and productions.