B. Madhu Gopal
At a time when advanced nations are looking towards our great country and adopting our culture, we are neglecting it. Patriotism is on the decline. I am trying to do my bit to revive our traditional values and culture, says Vani Jairam
VISAKHAPATNAM: Over 10,000 film songs and thousands of devotional and private songs, in a career spanning three-and-a-half decades, have not affected the magical charm in Vani Jairam's voice.
Starting with her first song `Bole re papi hara...' from the Hindi film `Guddi' which became a runaway hit and catapulted her to fame, she sang songs in 19 languages including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi.
She gave scores of live performances across the length and breadth of the country apart from concerts abroad including the US, UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, France, Germany, Switzerland and Norway.
She had given concerts to raise funds for the victims of natural calamities and makes it a point to visit cancer hospitals after giving concerts at various places, and sing for the patients there. She has now embarked on a mission to revive the declining cultural values and patriotism by creating awareness among schoolchildren.
Already she conducted workshops at Chennai and other places in this regard and plans to hold one in Visakhapatnam provided some organisation invites her.
The idea is to inculcate values through music.
Vani Jairam hopes to stage a comeback to the film industry with music lovers seeking a revival of the golden era in film music. "Change is the only permanent thing in life, but ultimately I strongly feel that beautiful, meaningful songs will stand the test of time and remain immortal. We are all mortals but the melodious songs are immortal," she said in a tete-a-tete with The Hindu .
"At a time when people of the advanced nations are looking towards our great country and adopting our culture, we are neglecting it. Patriotism is on the decline. It hurts a lot and I am trying to do my bit to revive our traditional values and culture," she said.
The playback singer also pens lyrics for her songs. "Recently I wrote and composed a Hindi bhajan `Geet bina sangeet bina jeevan nahi, nath bina mere nath bina palan nahin...'
Vani Jairam also has plans to conduct music classes free of cost to needy children and to teach them devotional songs in her own distinct style.