Happy to see a lullaby get recognised at Oscars: Jayashri

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Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri, who is the only Indian this year to be nominated for an Oscar for ‘Life of Pi’, says she is thrilled to see her simple lullaby get recognised at the Academy Awards.

Jayashri is nominated in the Original Song category for ‘Pi’s Lullaby’ with composer Mychael Danna.

“I got to know about the nomination after some of my friends messaged me. I was not expecting it at all but I am thrilled that the film has bagged 11 nominations,” Jayashri said.

Simple yet powerful

“It is a happy moment for Indian music. It is a very simple lullaby and comes from a mother’s heart. Language does not matter as its feeling is universal,” said Jayashri, who has also penned the lyrics of the Tamil song.

Jayashri says she was guided by film’s director Ang Lee and Danna at every step while working on the song. “Working with Danna and Ang lee taught me many things. Lee is a genius,” she added.

Besides a huge body of work in classical music, Jayashri also has a selective but successful career in playback singing. She has collaborated with musicians like M.S. Vishwanathan, Ilayaraja, A.R. Rahman, Harris Jayraj and Shankar Ehsan Loy.

Rahman’s well wishes

“Congrats to Bombay Jayashree. First ever Academy Award nomination for a Tamil song,” A.R. Rahman tweeted, just after the nominations were announced.

Jayashri, on her part, says she is open to more such international collaborations in future.PTI



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