Bombay comes to Pietermaritzburg

2011-02-11 00:00

WORLD renowned Indian nightingale, Bombay Jayashri, who is well-versed in both South and North Indian deep classical singing, will entertain Pietermaritzburg audiences at the Heather Hall in Northdale on Tuesday, February 15, at 7 pm.

The event, which is being hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture in association with the Anbu Isai Music Academy, is free of charge.

Bombay Jayashri Ramnath was born into a family of musicians and represents a fourth generation of musical practitioners in her family. Her musical guidance came from her parents Smt Seetha and Sri Subramaniam as a toddler, and her subsequent musical training came from musical legend Smt T.R. Balamani.

Jayashri’s career has spanned two decades and she is today one of the most sought-after Carnatic musicians in India. Not only is she a tremedously talented performer, but she has also dabbled in compositions of poetry and more recently has composed music for dance ballets and documentaries. While her talents began in south Indian music, Jayshree has also had training in hindustani classical music, obtaining a diploma in music from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.

Her Jugalbandhi compositions together with Sri Ronu Majumdar and Smt Shubha Mudgal have also gained tremendous popularity. In addition, her first taste of film music came with the ever popular Vaseegara, which she won acclaim for at the Filmfare awards.

Her distinctive style has been influenced under the mentorship of the legendary violin maestro Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman.

Jayashri has performed in over 20 countries around the world and had the rare privilege of being the first carnatic classical performer who has performed in the Opera House in Durban and the Russian Opera House in Helsinki, Finland.

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