Music Director

Born into a tradition with a rich lineage in pedigree music, Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri Ramnath represents the fourth generation of music practitioners in her family. With a career extending over two decades, Jayashri today is among the most sought after Carnatic musicians. The myriad aficionados, spanning generations, that throng her concerts bear ample testimony to her reputation. Her work has won her the acclaim of prestigious institutions in India and abroad.

In her voyage as a cultural ambassador of India's rich heritage, she has performed extensively in India and abroad in the most prestigious fora, drawing critical acclaim everywhere.

Jayashri has performed at prestigious centers such as The Stern Carnegie Center for Performing Arts, San Jose, The Sydney Opera House and Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. She has the rare privilege of being the first Carnatic classical performer in The Royal Opera House in Durban, South Africa, and The Russian Opera House in Helsinki, Finland. Drawing from this experience Jayashri has been collaborating extensively with Western classical music groups in creating what could truly be described as world music; on which subject she delivers workshops all over the world, opening new vistas of music appreciation. In 2013, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song for her lullaby in Ang Lee's inspirational film, 'Life of Pi'.

Jayashri's continuous research into music keeps taking her further on her musical odyssey.CCA has a long association with this celebrated musician. Her composition for Silappadhikaaram, a story of women of substance based on the eponymous Tamil epic, written by Ilango Adigal sometime between the 3rd and 5th CE, was commissioned by CCA in 2004.

It is now the desire of both CCA and Jayashri to restore classical Sanskrit drama and poetry to the stage. This makes the upcoming operatic ballet, Meghadootam an ideal collaboration.

Audiences can expect to see Jayashri breaking new ground as composer, director and singer.

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