Jayashree Rajeev, the chirpy singing bird in Karnatic Music.
Jayashree Rajeev, the upcoming chirpy singing bird in Karnatic music from Kannur is a natural gifted singer with an ability to put her heart into what she sings. With her melodious voice and uncompromising style, this unassuming singer catches the attention of the listener almost unobtrusively. Her ragalapana, niravals, manodharmaswaraprasthara and above all, her rendition of krithis are really pleasure to the ears. One can easily see that she reaches a level of transcendence and can send the listeners to a different world with her enviably inimitable style of singing. That is what makes her different from others of her age.
Jayashree is also a very good dancer and has undergone training under famous dance teachers like Shri Natyakalaratnam P Shrinivasan, Smt. Kalamandalam Saraswathi and Smt Kalamandalam Vinodini. She has passed the audition test for the Nrithamandapam programme of Doordarshan Kendra, Thiruvananthapuram.
Born in Kannur on 26th April, 1977 to Dr. M P Geetha, (retd. DMOH of Kannur), she cannot boast about a lineage in Karnatic music or any other art form. Her mother, the source and strength behind her success, recognized the spark even before she reached the age of five and decided to teach her music. She started her music lessons from a veteran Nadaswara Vidwan Shri Pathur Srinivas of Kannur,Jayashree Rajeev who himself was a disciple of Late Tanjore Rajarathnam Pillai, the final word in Nadaswara, and continued under him for almost ten years. Later, she came under the tutelage of Shri Nedumangad Sasidharan Nair, a renowned singer of Calicut, where she honed her
skills in advanced music and perfected her style of singing with consummate ease. Shri Thmarakkad Govindan Nampoothiri, himself an accomplished musician with a rich repertoire, is her new Guru and he helps her to explore the stranger shores of singing by guiding and inspiring her. . She started performing concerts in 1990 and still continues to do it with style. Presently she is a B-high grade artist (Karnatic vocal) of AIR, Calicut. She has also tried her hands in violin under veteran violinist Shri T S Babu, retd. AIR artist of Calicut, and still continues it with equal passion. In her early years, it was her Guru who accompanied her on the violin in concerts with a parental affection. He does have a high opinion about her singing and attitude.
Presently she is a B-high grade artist ( Karnatic vocal ) of AIR Calicut.
Rendered voice to the title song of the Malayalam movie, “Panchapaandavar”
Rendered voice in the movies “Thattakam” and “Pandaga” (Telugu)
Kalathilakam of Kerala Agricultural University Arts Festival, “AGRIMA 2000 “
Received the “promising young talent” puraskaram organized by Sree Hari Kala vedi, Pattambi .
Awards and Recognitions
Jayashree is a recipient of so many awards in dance and music. She has received the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy Scholarship (for junior artists) for classical music in 1989. In 1991, at the age of 14, she got the CCRT (New Delhi) National Scholarship. She has rendered her voice in two Malayalam movies, Thattakam and Panchapaandavar, under the music direction of Shri C Rajamani and one Telugu movie, Pandaga, under the direction of Shri. M M Keeravani. Jayashree is also a very good dancer and has undergone training under famous dance teachers like Shri Natyakalaratnam P Shrinivasan, Smt. Kalamandalam Saraswathi and Smt Kalamandalam Vinodini. She has passed the audition test for the Nrithamandapam programme of Doordarshan Kendra, Thiruvananthapuram.
Stages and Concerts
So many major concerts she has rendered, at Trivandrum Soorya festival, Guruvayoor Chembai music festival, Tanjore Tyagaraja Aradhana, Makreri akhanda Tyagaraja Aradhana festival, Moreover, she has done the orchestration for all the classical albums.
She has also rendered her voice in more than 60 audio cassettes and has sung under eminent music directors like Shri V Dakshinamoorthy and Shri K Raghavan.There are also more than 15 Carnatic Musical albums to her credit released by Sargam Musics, Thrissur.