Vani Jairam was determined to build a career in music at a very early age. She could identify the ragas of Indian classical music at just 8 years of age. Though her family was highly inclined towards classical music, she had a penchant for playback singing and her dream became a reality when she moved to Mumbai with her husband Jairam. She had a prodigious break in playback singing when music director Vasant Desai handpicked her voice for the film ‘Guddi’.
With ‘Bol Re Papi Hara’, a song that still makes many of our hearts melt, her career changed overnight and made her a household name in the playback singing industry. She has since worked with legendary music directors like Naushad, RD Burman, Manna Dey, M.S Viswanathan, and Ilayaraja. Songs like ‘Ezhu Swarangalukkul’, ‘Keliviyin Nayangane’, ‘Megamae Megamae’, ‘Kavidhai Kelungal’ and ‘Nadhamenum’ are some of her evergreen hits that still take us through a nostalgic ride of the golden era of music. A gifted classical singer, her work in devotional music is also exceptional.
More recently, she lent her voice for the songs ‘Thiruppugazh’ and ‘Narayana’ in the films ‘Kaaviya Thalaivan’ and ‘Ramanujan’ respectively. She is the recipient of three National Awards for her singing in ‘Apoorva Ragangal’, ‘Sankarabharanam’ and ‘Swathi Kiranam’. For her precious songs and her contribution towards Indian film music, she has been awarded several state awards from different parts of the country. Her contribution to music spanning over four decades will remain in the hearts of all music lovers.