Vani Jairam is a South Indian playback singer in Indian cinema and was born in 30th November 1945 in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. She was the fifth daughter of a family of eight children. Her mother is Padmavathi and a disciple of Ranga Ramunaja Iyengar. He taught her Dikshitar kritis and at age of eight, she got the opportunity of singing in All India Radio.
Her Carnatic music teachers were Srinivasa Iyengar, R. S. Mani and T. R. Balasubramanian. And Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan was her Hindustani classical music teacher. Vani was married to Jayaram and they settled in Mumbai after their marriage. In Mumbai, she realized her dream of becoming a playback singer in the film industry.
Her playback singer career started in 1971 with movie named “
” and she recorded several songs for “Guddi”. For over four decades of her singing career, she has sung playback for several films and has recorded several private music albums. She has worked with the top most music directors of India, including Chitragupta, Naushad,
, O.P. Nayyar, R. D. Burman, Kalyanji Anandji,
and Jaidev. In 1974, she started playback singing in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu cinema. She has worked with the top most South Indian music directors such as M. S. Viswanathan, M. B. Sreenivasan, K. V. Mahadevan, M. K. Arjunan, Jerry AmaldevIlayaraaja and Bengali music director Salil Chowdhary.
Vani has made recordings in Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam and Telugu as well. She has sung a wide variety of songs, including songs for films, pop, traditional Indian music, folk songs, bhajans and ghazals. She has recorded Thumri Dadra & Bhajans and Holi Songs with Pandit Briju Maharaj. Also, she has recorded "Gita Govindam" with Odissi Guru Kelucharan Mohopatra playing the Pakhawaj. She has written and composed music for her song collection named "Murugan Songs”. Some of the remarkable songs in her singing life were Ezhu Swarangalukkul, Keliviyin Nayangane, Kavidhai Kelungal Nadhamenum, Ennulil Engo, Yaaradhu sollamal, Sugamana ragangale, Aana kana and Megamae Megamae. Her recently released songs are Thiruppugazh and Narayana.
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Vani Jairam is an Indian Playback Singer. She worked in the Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada Film Industries. Her actual name is Kalaivani. Vani was born on the 30th of November in the year 1945. She was born in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. Her whole family are well trained musicans. She is the fifth daughter in the total of six daughters their parents had. Her mother’s name is Padmavathi. Her mother got trained under Ranga Ramajuna Iyengar. Vani got trained under Kadalur Srinivas Iyengar, R. S. Mani, and T. R. Balasubramanian. She was fond of radio and was always listening to Hindi movie songs. She performed for the first time when she was eight years in All India Radio in Madras, Tamil Nadu. Vani went to Queen Mary’s College of Madras University in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
After her studies, she worked as an employee in a branch of State Bank of India in Madras. She later got transferred to Hyderabad branch. Vani married Jayaram and moved to Mumbai with her husband. She requested for a branch transfer in Mumbai. Vani’s husband, Jayaram supported her in her singing. He got her trained in Hindustani Classical Music under Ustad Abdul Rehman Khan. She had to quit her job at SBI to focus on her training. Vani started her career as a singer with in the Hindi Film Guddi (1971). She sang duets with
, Asha Bhosle, O. P. Nayyar, and many more. She worked in many Hindi films like
Ek Mutthi Aasmaan
(1973), Khoon Ka Badla Khoon (1978), Chhalia (1973), Parinay (1974), and many more. She sang songs in Telugu Films like Pooja (1975),
(1978), Gharshana (1988), Swati Kiranam (1988), and many more.
She sang many film and devotional songs in Telugu. She worked with many composers like Rajan-Narendra, Ilaiyaraaja, K. V. Mahadevan, and many more. She worked for the Tamil movies Veettukku Vandha Marumagal (1973), Dheerga Sumangali (1974),
(1978), Oru Kaidhayin Diary (1985), and many more. She also worked in the Malayalam films
Action Hero Biju
(2016), Thiruvonam (1975), Thomasleeha (1975), and many more. She also sang many songs into Gujrati, Haryanvi, Marwari, Marathi, Bengali, English, Oriya, and many more Indian Languages. Vani won three
National Film Awards
, two Filmfare Awards, four State Film Awards, and many more different awards. She got the title of South India Meera in 2007 and Kamukara Award in 2004.
Vani Jairam breathed her last in Chennai at her residence on 4th February 2023.