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Bombay Jayashri, the award winning vocalist, composer and teacher of music was born to a family of five generations of musicians, and entered into a life steeped in music.

Under her gurus, TR Balamani and Lalgudi Jayaraman, she trained in Carnatic music and imbibed the nuances of melody. Jayashri also trained in Hindustani music under Mahavir Jaipurvale and Ajay Pohankar.

Bombay Jayashri has performed at festivals and concerts in more than 35 countries. Her compositions amalgamate classical Carnatic music with our rich legacy in literature and other art forms. She believes in experimenting and collaborating between different genres and various forms, diving into both World Music, and the music of film soundtracks of India.

Jayashri’s experiences with the power of music have motivated her to start Hitham, a foundation which works to share music with autistic children; exploring the therapeutic value of music in the lives of special children. Through Hitham, Jayashri facilitates and conducts music classes for children in rural areas of Tamil Nadu.

Today, Jayashri composes, performs, writes and teaches music, expanding a modern understanding of our common heritage of music.

 

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Tribute to my Gurus

T. R. Balamani
I called her Teacher. T R Balamani, who gave me this gift of Carnatic music, as a mother would to her child.

Lalgudi G Jayaraman
Lalgudi G Jayaraman, my all-pervading guiding light.

Mahavir Jaipurwale
Mahavir ji, who taught me Hindustani music, so affectionately.

G. N. Dandapani
Dandapani sir. Few walk this earth as he. The Great Teacher from whom I learnt Veena.

Awards & Recognitions

 

2015
THE MADHURAKALA PRAVEENA AWARD,
instituted by Sri Sathguru Sangeetha Samajam, Madurai
2015
THE SANGEETHA VEDANTHA DHUREENA AWARD,
instituted by Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira, Bangalore
2014
THE VISHWA KALA BHARATHI AWARD,
instituted by Bharat Kalachar
2014
THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD,
instituted by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
2013
The Fourth INDIRA SIVASAILAM ENDOWMENT MEDAL AWARD,
received at the Music Academy, Madras.
2012
VANI KALA SUDHAKARA,
by Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha at their inaugural function of the December Music Festival

2011
SANGEETHA KALA BHARATHI AWARD,
from Bharath Kalachar

2010
NADA SUDHA title,
by the Obul Reddy Foundation.

2009
Honorary Doctorate – DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF LETTERS (Honoris Causa),
awarded by Mother Theresa Women’s University, Kodaikkanal at their 19th Convocation, from His Excellency Shri Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor of Tamilnadu.

2009
SANGEETHA SARASWATHI,
by Shri N. Murali, on behalf of the South Indian Cultural Association (SICA), during its Golden Jubilee Year.

2007
SANGEETHA KALA SARATHY AWARD,
from Sri Parthasarathy Sabha.
2007
BEST PLAYBACK SINGER,
by Tamilnadu State Film Award from the Tamilnadu Chief Minister.
2007
KALAIMAMANI VIRUDHU,
by the Government of Tamilnadu.

2006
SHANMUKHA SANGEETHA SHIROMANI,
by Shanmukhananda Sabha, Bombay. Conferred by S M Krishna, Governor of Maharashtra
2006
M S SUBBALAKSHMI PURASKAR,
by Vishaka Music Academy, Vishakapatnam. Conferred By Shri Nedunuri Krishnamurthy.

2005
SANGEETHA CHOODAMANI AWARD,
from Dr. A C Muthiah from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in the presence of her Guru Shri. Lalgudi G Jayaraman.

2003
ATMA VANISHRI,
from Poojya Shri Shantananda Swami of the Temple of Fine Arts at Varanasi, in the presence Tabla Maestro, Pt. Kishan Maharaj.

2002
MANI MAKUDAM,
by Rajalakshmi Fine Arts, Coimbatore.
2002
KALKI AWARD,
from Director K Balachander, Cine Director on behalf of the Kalki Krishnamoorthy Trust.

2001
NAADABHOOSHANAM,
by Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, New Delhi.
2001
ASTHANA VIDHUSHI,
of the Shringeri Mutt by the Mahasannidhanam.

1997
ISAI PEROLI,
by Dr. P Chidambaram, Union Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Karthik Fine Arts, in the presence of Music Maestro Balamurali Krishna.

1992
YUVA KALA BHARATI,
conferred by Bharat Kalachar, Chennai.