With 1000’s of songs spanning a number of languages, veteran singer Vani Jairam’s profession, craft and artistry have been a lot admired amongst musicians throughout ages. Be it her dedication, her soft-spoken nature, or how her voice, comfy at any octave or pitch, has continued to mesmerise many over the past 5 a long time, many from the trade had fond reminiscences, favorite songs and extra to share and keep in mind her by.
Singer Srinivas stated ‘ Runanubandhachya’, the marathi tune Vani Jairam sang with Kumar Gandharva ranks excessive amongst his favourites. “This song came early in her career and she matches Kumar Gandharva note for note, something which would have been challenging. Her journey as a singer has been incredible,” he stated.
Mr. Srinivas stated the hallmark of Vani Jairam’s singing was that she continued to sing all of the songs in the identical pitch that she had recorded them in. “As the years pass, many singers tend to lower their pitches, but she never did. This is a testament to her practice techniques — she never stopped singing at home and this is a great quality that every singer should imbibe,” he added. He stated the world would proceed to rejoice her, and her intensive legacy of music.
After the demise of singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vani Jairam passing away was one other horrible loss to the music world, rued composer Deva. “She is someone who could effortlessly sing in a variety of genres. Her songs, ‘ Ezhu Swarangal’ and ‘ Megame Megame’ are among my favourites of hers and she has sung so many different songs through her career,” he stated.
Mr. Deva recalled collaborating with the veteran singer within the Seventies on a number of devotional albums, earlier than each of them turned busy with movie music.
“SPB and Vani Jairam both had a unique quality. Most singers will take at least an hour to practise a song that they are taught by the composer. She, however, would be ready in less than 15 minutes to record and would pick up the intricacies and nuances in compositions quickly. She was an extremely humble and soft-spoken artiste,” he added.
Carnatic musician Sikkil Gurucharan remembered the veteran singer as a dignified and versatile musician. “I vividly remember my grandmother Kunjumani relishing the song ‘ Meghame Meghame’ on TV one afternoon with her typical “Aaha and Besh”. It was then that I got here to know of this nice singer. Her music was austere similar to the best way she carried herself as an individual and her diction in any language was awe-inspiring,” he stated.
Gurucharan listed his 5 favorite songs rendered by singer Vani Jairam, for The Hindu
1. Orey Naal, Ilamai Oonjal Aadugirathu, 1978, with S.P.Balasubramanian
2. Meghame, Meghame, Palaivana Solai, 1981, solo
3. Malligai en Mannan, Dheerga Sumangali, 1974, solo
4. Ennullil Yengo, Rosapoo Ravikkaikari, 1979, solo
5. Indraikku yen indha aanandhame, Vaidehi Kaathirunthal, 1984, with P. Jayachandran
‘Her songs are immortal and unique’
Suhasini Mani Ratnam, who featured within the hit-song ‘ Megame Megame’, stated she thought-about herself extraordinarily fortunate to be in such a fantastic tune. “I admired her even before I started acting in films. She was a great asset and a classical music background was very rare to have for a film music singer,” she stated, remembering Vani Jairam’s crystal clear voice and her being a polyglot.
Carnatic vocalist Nithyashree Mahadevan remembered her interactions with Vani Jairam, and stated she had the chance to work together together with her many occasions when she would come dwelling to fulfill her grandmother D.Okay. Pattammal. “Vani amma once told me she has had to record even 20 songs in a day, going from one studio to another and even travelling to Bengaluru and returning the same day,” she recalled.
Calling her songs immortal and distinctive, Ms. Nithyashree stated her voice had a mesmerising high quality that wouldn’t present any pressure in any of the upper octaves.
Apart from her playback singing, Vani Jairam had recorded a number of devotional albums and musician Abaswaram Ramjhi stated she was in all probability the one singer who had sung devotional songs in so many Indian languages.
“I was the anchor for Indian Movie New Magazine’s Singapore show where they conferred the lifetime achievement award on her. I vividly recall witnessing the humorous side of Vaniji for the first time on stage,” he recalled.