Bombay Jayashri Ramnath is an Indian Carnatic music vocalist. Jayashri was born in Kolkata, into a family of music connoisseurs and musicians. She is one of the most sought after contemporary musicians. Jayashri is also a music composer and a teacher, with excellence as an underlying thread in all her activities. Jayashri began her concert career in 1982.
She has performed at prestigious festivals and venues all across India and in over twenty different countries. She has the rare privilege of being the first Carnatic vocal performer in the Royal Opera House at Durban and the Russian Opera House at Helsinki, Finland. She has dialogued with artistes in dance like Leela Samson and Priyadarsini Govind. Jayashri has sung Thirukkural and an Annamacharya verse in the prestigious audio autobiography – Wings of Fire of former President Shri Abdul Kalam.
Her quest to interact and experiment with various forms of music has resulted in collaborations with various eminent artistes from around the world. She has sung with Egyptian singer Hisham Abbas and Senegalese singer Thione Seck.
She was part of an Indo-Finnish venture ‘Red Earth and Pouring Rain’, where she sang Ku?untokai — ancient poems from Sangam literature – with Avanti, a Philharmonic Orchestra from Finland and set to music by Eero_Hämeenniemi. Jayashri has composed and arranged music for several albums, dance operas and even a tele-film.
In addition to her musical achievements, she has co-authored the book ‘Voices Within’, and created history by being featured in the first full length Carnatic music film ‘Margazhi Ragam’ along with Sri TM Krishna. She is actively involved in SVANUBHAVA – a six-day Music Festival, exclusively for the students of Music conducted annually, and is passionate about reaching music to people of all backgrounds and ages. She is to be lauded for her contribution and involvement in several social causes through the medium of her music.
She started training in Carnatic music under the guidance of her parents Smt Seetha and Shri N.N. Subramaniam. Soon, she went on to learn with Smt T. R. Balamani, a very well respected teacher in Mumbai. She trained with her for a period of ten years.
Jayashri was also initiated into Hindustani music and trained under Shri Mahavir Jaipurvale and Shri Ajay Pohankar for about six years. When she moved to Chennai, she came under the guidance and mentorship of her Guru, the legendary violin maestro Shri. Lalgudi G Jayaraman. She also learnt the veena from Shri G.N. Dhandapani Iyer.
Awards & Titles
- “Nada Ratna” award from Nada Sudha, Velachery, 2011
- Honorary Doctorate – Degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa), awarded by Mother Theresa Women’s University, Kodaikkanal, October 2009
- “Sangeetha Saraswathi” from the South Indian Cultural Association (SICA), during its Golden Jubilee Year, 2009.
- “Sangeetha Kalasarathy” award from the Vanamamalai Mutt pontiff Kalian Ramanuja Swamigal on behalf of Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, Chennai, 2007.
- Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2005.
- “Kalaimamani Virudhu” from the Government of Tamil Nadu, 2007.
- “Shanmukha Sangeetha Shiromani” from Shanmukhananda Sabha, Bombay, 2006.
- “M S Subbulakshmi Puraskar” from Vishaka Music Academy, Vishakapatnam. Conferred By Shri Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, 2006.
- Received the prestigious ‘Sangeetha Choodamani Award’ from Dr. A C Muthiah from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai in the presence of her Guru Lalgudi Jayaraman, 2005 
- Conferred “Atma Vanishri” from Poojya Shri Shantananda Swami of the Temple of Fine Arts at Varanasi, in the presence Tabla Maestro, Pt. Kishan Maharaj, 2003
- ‘Mani Makudam’ by Rajalakshmi Fine Arts, Coimbatore, 2002.
- Received the ‘Kalki Award’ from Cine Director K Balachander, on behalf of the Kalki Krishnamoorthy Trust, 2002.
- Filmfare award for the song ‘Vaseegara’ from the movie Minnale, 2002.
- ‘Naadabhooshanam’ by Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, New Delhi, 2001.
- ‘Asthana Vidhushi’ of the Shringeri Mutt, 2001.
- Conferred the title of ‘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, 1997.
- “Yuvakala Bharati” conferred by Bharat Kalachar, Chennai, 1992.