For the world-renowned Carnatic singer, Bombay Jayashri Ramanath, music is dynamic. She has exemplified this with a distinct style even though she bears the torch of the Lalgudi tradition.
In a chat with Metrolife, this singer and composer shares her inspiration and love for music. The passion for music came very early to her as she was born in a family of musicians.
Bombay Jayashri represents the fourth generation of music practitioners in her family. “My parents were music teachers all their life. Moreover, my grandparents were musicians too. So music has been an integral part of my life.”
Jayashri learnt music under the guidance of the legend Lalgudi G Jayaraman and T R Balamani. She says, “I feel really blessed because I learnt from so many different teachers. This gave me an opportunity to learn different genres like ghazal and Hindustani music among others. All my gurus had a very great role to play in my life.”
She is quick to add that she doesn’t want to move away from Carnatic singing. But she feels it depends on each one’s calling to diversify into other genres. “It is not wrong to break free from a particular genre to try one’s hand at others. If you feel the need to do it, you might as well follow your heart. I feel fusion music, like jugalbandhi for that matter, if done with great thought can result in something really beautiful.”
She was recently in the City for a jugalbandhi performance along with another famous singer, Shubha Mudgal. She is taking back fond memories of this concert with her. She says, “The concert on the whole was very well organised. Moreover, it was very heartening to perform for such a learned crowd. I am looking forward to coming back to the City once again in October for another music concert.”
Apart from concerts, she has sung for popular numbers both in Bollywood and down South. She is best known for the song Zara Zara from the movie Rehna Hai Tere Dil Main. However, it is not only singing which is her forte. She has composed music for various telefilms and dance ballets. But composing, according to her, is a different ball game altogether.
“When you compose music, you hear the tunes played by other people and see it in a different perspective. When I sing, I can do it only the way my voice can. But while composing, you work with different people. It is an entirely different canvas altogether and is a great challenge as we have to recreate the tunes to be expressed in different ways.”
She has a few international trips lined up in future. She adds, “For now, I am concentrating on a few albums which will release in the next one and a half years. This apart, I will continue to teach students at home.”