Padma Shri for Bombay Jayashri
By Sudha Jagannathan
Last Updated: 25-01-2021 11:59PM
“I feel extremely humbled and grateful on being bestowed the
Padma Shri by the Government of India. It’s the blessings of my parents and
gurus,” said renowned Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri.
The Government of India today released the list of Padma
Awardees, on the eve of the Republic Day. Padma Shri this year will be awarded to 102 eminent personalities in diverse fields.
Bombay Jayashri, a disciple of violinist late Lalgudi G.
Jayaraman, has been chosen for the prestigious Padma Shri award by the Centre.
In all, 119 have been chosen for Padma awards.
Subbu Arumugam, too, has been chosen for the Padma Shri
award from Tamil Nadu. K.S.Chithra, playback singer, has been chosen for the Padma Bhushan award.
Padma Vibushan will be conferred posthumously on late S.P.
Balasubramaniam, a well-known play-back singer.
Bombay Jayashri is unique in very many ways. Her music has the effect of weaving a magical web on listeners. Jayashri is a multi-talented
artist. Her language skills, crystal clear diction and creative competence have
all combined to place her in a distinct position in the world of Carnatic
music. Her unhurried approach to music has won appreciation from one and all.
Over the years, Jayashri has managed to build a huge fan constituency which is
discerning nevertheless. She set to tune `Meghaduta’, an extraordinary poetic
work of the 5th century poet Kalidasa. She was also an Oscar nominee for her
musical composition for the film Life of Pi. Jayashri has been helping the cause
of autism children. Of late, she has engaged in teaching music for kids in
Manjakudi, a tiny village in Tamil Nadu. During the Covid-induced lock-down
times, she composed a lullaby in different languages (titled Moon Child) and
dedicated one of the songs to the children of Manjakudi. With the annual December
music season going online in view of the pandemic, Jayashri dedicated herself
singing Andal’s Thiruppavi comprising 30 verses. She released a verse a day online
for her audience across the globe. Her mother Seetha is her inspiration all
through. Jayashri had her early music lesson from late T.R. Balamani. Once she shifted
to then Madras and came under the stewardship of Lalgudi Jayaraman, it has been
only an upward journey for the musician Jayashri. Vaseegara -her song in Tamil
film Minnale – won her a Filmfare award. Since then, she has sung a few more for the film world.