Profile of Vani Jairam
Vani JairamVani Jairam who has rendered dedicated service of more than Three Decades to the cause of Indian Music has exhibited extraordinary versatility in handling different Regional Music Systems of India with great success and approval. As a child of two years Vani could distinguish different musical notes and ragas. Vani received advanced training in Karnatic Music from specialized Music Vidwans. Vani’s marriage to Jairam took her to Bombay, the centre of Hindi Film Industry. Vani received intensive training in Hinduthani Light CIassical Music from Ustad Abdul Rehman Khan of Patiala Gharana. Nearly 18 hours of daily routine of learning and ‘riaz’ enabled Vani to assimilate the intricate techniques of Thumri Bhajan and Ghazal singing. Vani gave her first public concert in Bombay on 1st March 1969. Vani was invited by many leading organizations to give Light Classical Music concerts.

The veteran Music Director Shri. Vasant Desai invited Vani. He was so impressed that he called her for a recording the very next day. This was followed by a regular flow of recordings of Marathi Songs. Pandit Kumar Gandhrva agreed to record duet songs with Vani as he was also impressed by her fine tuned voice. For almost a year Vani toured the length and breadth of Maharashtra along with Shri. Vasant Desai, rendering Marathi songs. Vas ant Desai was signed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee to give music for the film "Guddi" and he recorded all the songs of the film in Vani's voice. Vani's song "Bol Re Papi Hara" brought her 5 Awards including the prestigious TANSEN AWARD.

For the next few years Vani was singing for all the popular Music Directors like Naushad, Madan Mohan, O.P. Nayyar, R.D. Burman, Kalyanji, Anandji, Lakshmikant Pyarelal, Jaidev and many others. Vani was also singing for regional films in Marathi, Gujarathi, Marwari and Bhojpuri. Vani had the privilege of singing duets with stalwarts like Mohamed Raft, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey and Mahendra Kapoor.

Vani was invited by Music Directors of the South like M.S. Viswanathan, K.V. Mahadevan, Vijay Bhaskar, M.K.Arjunan and Dakshinamurthy to sing in Films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Vani had the opportunity of singing many Malayalam songs for SaIiI Choudhury.

Vani received her first National Award in 1976 for her song in the Tamil Film "Apoorva Raagangal" Her subsequent National Awards in 1980 and 1992 were for Telugu Films "Sankarabharanam" and" Swathi Kiranam". Vani was honoured by State Governments of Gujarat, Orissa, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh with State Awards as "The Best Play Back Singer". Vani received the Filmfare Award for her songs in the film "Meeraa".

Vani who has recorded nearly 10,000 songs in three decades has always kept in touch with the live audience through her Stage Concerts all over the country and abroad. Vani participated in all the major Music Festivals of India like "Badri Kedar Festival", "Ganga Mahotsav" - Varanasi, Meera Utsav Chittorgarh, Dover Lane Festival Calcutta and Swami Haridas Festival - Brindavan.

In 1989 Vani traveled extensively in the West giving 8 Concerts in U.K. for Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan London. This was followed by 16 Concerts all over USA. In 1994 Vani had a successful tour of U.K. with 16 House Full Concerts. Vani has also performed extensively in Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Baharain, Quatar, Muscat , Nepal, France, Germany, Switzerland and Norway. Vani was invited to perform at the "World Food Prize" Award Function at Des Moines USA in 1998. Vani performed at the Lincoln Centre in 2000 for Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan - New York in their Millennium Celebrations.

Vani has been recording plenty of Devotional and Light Classical Music Cassettes. Vani had the privilege of working with veteran artiste like 'Kathak Maestro' Pandit Birju Maharaj. Vani had the rare honour of Guru Kelucharan Mahopatra accompanying her on Pakhawaj for her recording of Jayadeva's "Geetha Govindam" composed in Oddissi Style. Vani is now specializing as a Bhajan Singer giving Live Concerts all over India and abroad, bringing to life the immortal lyrics of many poets including Tulsidas, Kabir, Surdas, Meera, Jayadeva, Thukaram, Annamayya, Purandra Dasa and Bharatiyar. Vani is deeply concerned about the future of the younger generation. Vani makes it a point to visit schools wherever she travels. Vani interacts with children of all ages and draws their attention to the richness of Indian Culture. Vani also conducts 'Music Work Shops' to serious music students so that they could get the benefit of her knowledge and experience. The purpose is not just to teach Music. Vani tries to spotlight the need to maintain ethical standards in professional life.

Vani spends her spare time in sketching, painting and embroidery. Vani composes songs and sets them to music. Vani gives shape to her thoughts by conveying them in the form of poems.

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