Gayathri Girish
Carnatic Vocalist, Tamil Nadu, India


Gayathri Girish is amongst the leading Carnatic vocalists of today . An exemplary degree of dedication coupled with an intrinsic leaning towards Carnatic Music, has propelled vocalist Gayathri to the forefront of the classical music domain. Initially trained by Sri Vaigal Gnanaskandan of the Semmangudi school, Gayathri has imbibed some of her boundless Manodharma from the training under veteran Padma Bhushan, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Madurai Sri TN Seshagopalan. She has also been fortunate to have learnt the violin for a few years from the legendary Lalgudi Sri G Jayaraman and Smt T Rukmini. Ever since making her debut in 1986, Gayathri has received accolades in substantial measure from both the lay listeners and erudite critics. Her repertoire is particularly impressive, with songs ranging from Tamil Tevaram hymns and Divya Prabhandams to Purandaradasar Devarnamas.Oothukkadu Venkatakavi Kritis, Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathiyar songs, compositions of Muthiah Bhagavathar, Papanasam Sivan and Ambujam Krishna all find a place in her song lists.
A gold medalist at college, Gayathri has a post graduate degree in Computer Applications.


Shows & Major Performances

An A-Grade panel artiste of AIR Chennai, Gayathri has given quite a number of interesting and non-routine concerts such as Jugalbandis with Hindustani musicians, vocal performances with Thavil accompaniment, one Raga – one Kriti concerts (that call for highest levels of Manodharma) and numerous thematic concerts on topics like Shanmatam and Nava Vidha Bhakthi. She has also given several lecture demonstrations on topics such as “Complex Pallavis”, “Music and Mathematics” and “Structural Variations in Compositions since the Trinity”. She has given performances extensively both in India and abroad. Some of her concerts outside India encompass recitals at Cleveland, Singapore, Russia, Colombo, Muscat and London. She has also appeared in TV shows and has recently undertaken an archival project of Divya Prabandams by Doordarshan.

Kalaimamani (2009) Govt. of Tamilnadu
Isai Peroli Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai
Gaana Rathna Department of Cultural Affairs,Colombo
Yuva Kala Bharati Bharat Kalachar, Chennai
Kalai Nirai Mamani Tamil Nadu Government Music College
Dr. MLV Award CMANA(USA) and Narada Gana Sabha,Chennai
Kalai Peroli Lions Club
Sahityapriya Jan Kalyan
Youth Excellence Award Rotary Club of Nanganallur
Dr.S.Ramanathan Memorial Award Music Academy, Chennai
Pappu Kamakshiamma Memorial Award Music Academy, Chennai
K.R.Sundaram Iyer Memorial Award for Best Concert Music Academy, Chennai
Price Award of Excellence Shakespeare Millennium Club, Chennai
K.V.Mahadevan Award of Excellence Shree Bharatalaya
Dr.M.L.Vasantakumari Award Sriragam Fine Arts, Chennai

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