Jayashri Ramnath, more popularly known as Bombay Jayashri will be hosting a five day long workshop on learning and appreciating music at Adishakti in Auroville. The workshop will be held from August 24 to August 28. Sessions will commence daily at 6 am and will continue till 9 in the evening. Various sessions will be focusing on different segments of music, like learning to sing, listening to various genres of music, and interactive debates and discussions on various types of music.
The workshop has been specifically designed to leave the participants with more questions and possibilities and a deeper and enriched understanding of our musical world. Along with Bombay Jayashri, her faculty of senior students will also be joining in conducting the workshop.
Jayashri was born in Kolkata, to a family of music connoisseurs and musicians. Her initial training was under parents, Seetha and N. N. Subramaniam. She learnt Hindustani music under Sri Mahavir Jaipurvale and Sri Ajay Pohankar in Mumbai. Later when she moved to Chennai she came under the mentorship of violin maestro Lalgudi Jayaraman. Jaysashri performed her first concert on 1982. Since then she has performed on various occasions all over India, and in 20 different other countries.
Jayashri’s jugalbandi with Ronu Majumdar and Shubha Mudgal have been very popular. She is known for her musical collaborations with Egyptian singer Hisham Abbas and Senegalese singer Thione Seck. In 2008, she was part of ‘Red Earth and Pouring Rain’, an Indo-Finnish venture where she sang Kuṟuntokai, ancient poems from Sangam literature with Avanti, a Philharmonic Orchestra from Finland.
Bombay Jayashri is also known for her work in film music, especially her work with A R Rahman in Mani Ratnam’s film Iruvar. She has also collaborated with Harris Jeyaraj for Minnale, which won her the Filmfare Awards South for Best Female Playback Singer – Tamil. She also collaborated with Hollywood composer Mychael Danna for the Oscar winning film Life of Pi.
Jayashri has conducted workshops all around the world on the subject of World Music. Her contribution and involvement with schools where she has conducted workshops and interactive sessions to kindle interest amongst school children into our rich tradition of music is her way of giving back something of what she has gained.