Vani Jairam or Vani Jayaram is an Indian singer, best known for her singing in South Indian films. A career spanning over 5 decades with over 1000 Indian movies and 20,000 recorded songs. Best known for her vocal range and easy adaptability, Vani has been the choice of several music composers between the 1970s and the 1990s. She has sung in several Indian languages including Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, and Haryanvi amongst others.
Born on the 30th of November 1945, in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, Vani comes from a family of classically trained musicians. Her mother enrolled her in classical music training and thus began her journey. Later she also received formal training in Carnatic music. Ever since as a child, Vani had an unbridled fascination with music to the point where she would be glued to the radio even memorizing the entire orchestration of the songs being played.
She completed her degree and was employed in the State Bank of India in Hyderabad. After getting married, Vani moved to Mumbai to start her family. Knowing her passion and her music skills, Jairam persuaded her to pursue training in Hindustani Classical Music under the tutelage of Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan of the Patiala Gharana. His vigorous training made her quit her job and pursue a career in singing.
She had her first concert in 1969 and the same year, she was introduced to composer Vasant Desai, who upon hearing her voice gave her, her first song “Runanubandhacha” for a Marathi album e was recording at the time. The song was released and was popular amongst its Marathi audience.
Some of her popular songs include Humko Man Ki Shakti De (Guddi), Sunderkand Vol 1 and II (Sunderkand), Bole Re Papihara (Guddi), Mere To Giridhar Gopal (Aisi Lagi Lagan), Jago Bansi Wale (Meera), Karna Fikiri Phir Kya (Meera), Mujhse Mile Nain Tere (Aakhri Inteqam), Holi Aaye Re (Solva Savan), Jai Jai Ram (Luv Kush), Mitwa More Mann Mitwa (Parinay), Pee Kahan (Solva Savan), Ae Balam (Dharam Aur Qanoon), amongst others.
She has also done quite some songs in Telugu including Anthata Nee Roopam, Ningi Nela Okatayeene, Suridhu Sukkithukundi, Ye Teeruga Nanu, Alalu Kalalu, Sri Suryanarayana, Srungara Rasaraja, Devi Durga Devi, Shri Gananatham, Pranati Pranati, Shruti Neevu, Om Guru, Vaishnavi Bhargavi, amongst others.
Vani Jairam has won three National Film Awards for Best Female Playback Singer Tamil and two for Telugu. She won the 1980 Filmfare Best Female Playback Singer Award for her song “Mere Toh Giridhar Gopal” from the movie Meera. In 2013 she received the 60th Filmfare South Indian Award for Lifetime Achievement. Vani Jairam also won four state awards for Best Playback Singer, including Nandi Awards, Gujarat State Film Award, Tamil Nadu State Film Award, and Odisha State Film Award.
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