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Notes from the Oscars

CHITRA SWAMINATHAN
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INTERVIEW Bombay Jayashri talks about walking the red carpet at the Academy awards

GLOBAL SOUNDSLife of Pi and (right) Bombay Jayashri at the Oscars
GLOBAL SOUNDSLife of Pi and (right) Bombay Jayashri at the Oscars

Aresplendent Kanjeevaram silk sari among opulent designer gowns and towering heels. Bombay Jayashri struck a distinct note on the 500-foot red carpet at the widely-watched Oscars ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The first Carnatic artiste to win the prestigious nomination for her penning of ‘Pi’s Lullaby’ in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi , the vocalist describes the experience as a carnival of artistic brilliance. “I feel grateful for this opportunity,” she says.

She views her presence at the event as recognition of India’s rich art and its artistes’ growing impact on global culture.

“The celebration gets wider as musical boundaries shrink,” she says.

Though Adele won the award in the category, Jayashri considers the nomination as a commitment and responsibility. “It emphasises the need to look within and outside the system for a deeper connect with listeners and an emotional engagement with the art.”

Talking about her interactions with personalities, Jayashri says, “those were truly humbling moments meeting Ang Lee, Mychael Danna, Richard Gere, Meryl Streep and Anupam Kher. Standing at the ritzy Globe Theatre I realised behind all the grandeur of the Oscars lies great talent, hard work and perseverance.”

And how was it to make an exclusive style statement clad in a sari?

“The attire is as unique as our music and it feels good to be in your skin. The sari I wore was a special gift from my mother for the occasion.”

CHITRA SWAMINATHAN

The celebration gets wider as musical boundaries shrink

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