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Jayanthi was born into a family where music has been the mainstay for the last seven generations. Jayanthi started playing the Veena when she was barely 3. Winning her way through several laurels and awards right from her childhood, Jayanthi was soon one of the youngest artistes in Veena to receive A-TOP grading from All India Radio (the highest grade offered by the only grading body in India).

Jayanthi has been enthralling audiences over the world with her graceful, emotive and expressive music for the last 25 years. The Statesman, a well acclaimed daily quotes that Jayanthi is “The best and most versatile Veena artiste we have today.”

In recognition of her artistry, the Government of Tamilnadu has honoured her with the title of “Kalaimamani“. She has also been the recipient of prestigious awards like the Best Main Musician, Best Veena concert of the year, Sathyashree, Veena Nada Mani and others.

Jayanthi has been invited by prestigious organisations across the world like Theatre de la Ville in Paris, the UN and World Music Centre in New York, Music Guimet in Paris, Woodstock in the United States, Indo-German Societies, the Indian embassy at Sharjah and several such platforms to represent the National instrument of India – the Saraswathi Veena.

Apart from solo performances, Jayanthi has performed several jugalbandhis and has also collaborated with musicians from other types of music in her own World music band called Indian Spice. As a composer, Jayanthi has scored music for a host of dance productions and musicals that have premiered in India and abroad, including Krishna Bhakthi, Abbakarani and Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya. She has also composed for the National South Asian Youth orchestra of the UK.

The Indian National Orchestra is Jayanthi’s brainchild – a first-of-its-kind organization that showcases the best musical talent from around the country, the INO strives to promote musical unity in cultural diversity, comprehensively represent India’s vast and varied musical heritage and bring together prominent musicians to perform in one voice and with one purpose.

Jayanthi is the disciple of her maternal aunt Smt. Padmavathy Ananthagopalan and Veena Maestro Dr.S.Balachander. Her maternal uncle, the Violin Legend Lalgudi Sri. Jayaraman is a great influence and inspiration for her.

Jayanthi has recorded several CDs for companies all over the world like Times Music, Music Today, Sense World, Earthsync, Navras, Home Records etc. She recently came out with an album called ‘Mysterious Duality’ in which for the first time one artiste and one instrument have created an orchestral effect. This album focuses on the multi-dimensional persona of the self. Mysterious duality is her tribute to the most majestic instrument that India has contributed to the world – the Veena.

She has been a part of national and international music ensembles and jugalbandhis with musicians from India and abroad. Her boundless creativity finds expression in a multitude of ways. She has conceptualized, composed and produced the music for many dance ballets and musicals and is the Managing Director of a Bangalore based Music company called ‘Home Records’ that endeavours to encourage and spread ecological awareness through expressions of experiments in interpretations of the dynamic aspects of Indian music and its related performing arts. Jayanthi is also the creator and coordinator of the Indian National Orchestra, a first-of-its-kind organization that showcases the best musical talent from around the country.

Jayanthi was awarded a Doctorate by the University of Mysore for her work on the subject “Analytical Study of Different Banis and Playing techniques of the Saraswathi Veena”.

Jayanthi has evolved her own identity and style by making the Veena her voice in expressing many a new musical thought to the audiences across the globe. She has today made the Veena the focal point of musical essence and experience.

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Our artist for this month is the extraordinarily talented Jayathi Kumaresh. We would like to thank this great artist soulfully for accepting to being our “Artist of the Month” – June.