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
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
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
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
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.