In a wierd accident, two days after Sankarabharanam’s director Okay Viswanath’s demise, one of many lead singers of the film, Vani Jairam handed away, leaving everybody in shock. Over the final two days, songs from the 1980 traditional have been nonetheless being performed on all channels and media and nobody might have foreseen that the voice behind these immortal melodies that gained her a National award for one of the best playback singer would even be silent shortly.
Vani Jairam sang in 19 languages — main with Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Oriya, Telugu. Almost each track she rendered in Telugu movies grew to become common earworms. The wide selection of her songs — from classical and romantic melodies to racy dance numbers — made her a well-liked decide by administrators.
She made her Telugu movie debut in Abhimanavanthulu in 1973 with the track Eppativale kaadhura... a dance quantity for which Kuchipudi dancer Sobha Naidu put in a uncommon display screen look. Telugu viewers, who had solely heard Vani Jairam’s ‘Boli re papihara’ and ‘ Hum ko mann ki shakti dena’ from the Hindi movie Guddi (1971), welcomed her into the fold and music administrators have been sport to make use of her distinctive voice for particular songs of their movies.
Her track ‘Ennenno janmala bandham…’ from Pooja (1975) which she rendered with S P Balasubrahmanyam is an all-time favorite of aspiring singers on music actuality reveals. Her songs ‘Ningi nela okataayene’ and ‘Poojalu cheya poolu techaanu…’ stay hummable past that era. In Chakravarthi’s music path, Vani Jairam sang ‘Nuvvu vastavani brindavani..’. in Mallepoovu (1977), a sang that stood out on this remake of Guru Dutt’s 1957 Hndi movie Pyaasa.
‘Nuvvadigindi enadaina kadannana’, an Ilaiyaraaja composition from Vayasu pilichindi (1978) showcased a shift in her renditions from a sober high quality to a bubbly cheer. ‘Oka brundavanam…’ in Gharshana the (1988), ‘Minneti Sureedu’ and ‘Sagara sangamame’ in Seethakoka chiluka (1982) are different vital songs of Vani Jairam
A disciple of Cuddalore Srinivasa Iyengar, Vani Jairam was skilled in probably the most sophisticated Carnatic ragas at a younger age and this sturdy basis got here in good stead when she was given the classical songs for Sankarabharanam. Her rendition of ‘Dorukuna ituvanti seva’, ‘Brochevarevarura’ and ‘Marugelara’ was appreciated by the music connoisseurs and gained her the primary National Award. Her ‘Aanatineeyara..’ one other classical rendition from Okay Viswanath’s Swati Kiranam (1992) gained her the second National award.
Maintaining a low profile, the versatile singer expanded her repertoire past movies and recorded songs in classical, semi-classical, bhajans, devotionals, ghazals and lightweight music genres.
Well-educated, the Chennai-born Vani Jairam shifted to Hyderabad after marriage and labored at SBI, Secunderabad department for some time earlier than she began devoting her time to singing.
Active at occasions and reveals on tv, Vani Jairam introduced heat and cheer along with her presence and recommendation to aspiring singers.