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Vani Jayaram WIKI/Biography, Age, Husband, Family, Children, & Cause of Death

Vani Jayaram Biography-Less than 10 days after being awarded the Padma Bhushan, singer Vani Jayaram passed away. Vani with over 10,000 songs in 19 languages was found dead at her home on Hados Road in Nungambakkam on Saturday. She was 77 years old.

At around 11 o’clock her maid (domestic help) came and even after repeated knocking there was no response, she informed Vani Jairam’s younger sister Uma who lives in Alwarpet. Uma then informed the police control room and with a spare key reached the heritage apartment at First Street, Hados Road, where Vani was living alone after the death of her husband Jairam in 2018.

Brief Introduction of Vani Jairam


Name  Kalaivani
Nicknames Vani Jayaram, Vani Jayaram
Born 30 November 1945
Place of Birth Vellore in Tamil Nadu
Father’s Name Duraisamy Iyengar
Mother’s Name Padmavati
Marital Status Married
Husband’s Name Jairam (Marriage 1969; Died 2018)
Children Not known
Profession Singer
Age 77
Die 4 February 2023
Place of death Nungambakkam
Cause of death  Due to fall
Honors and Award 2023 – Padma Bhushan Awards

Vani Jayaram Wiki/Biography, Age, Husband, Family, Children, & Cause of Death

Singer Kalavani born 30 November 1945, also known as Vani Jayaram, was an Indian playback singer in South Indian cinema. Vani’s career began in 1971 and spanned five decades. She has done more than a thousand Indian films with recordings of more than 10,000 songs. Besides this, she has recorded thousands of devotional and personal albums and has also participated in many solo concerts in India and abroad.

Early life and education

Vani was born as Kalaivani in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, the fifth daughter in a family of six daughters and three sons in a Tamil family of classically trained musicians. Her parents trained under Duraisamy IyengarPadmavati, Ranga Ramunaja Iyengar, and enrolled her in his classes, where he taught her some Muthuswami Dikshitar works. Later she was mentored by Cuddalore Srinivasa Iyengar, T.R. Balasubramaniam, and R. S. Formal Carnatic training was given under the guidance of Mani.

Vani was associated with the Radio Ceylon channel and was fascinated by Hindi film songs to such an extent that she used to memorize the entire orchestration of songs played repeatedly on the radio. At the age of 8, she gave her first public performance at All India Radio, Madras.

Vani did her schooling at Lady Sivasamy High School, Chennai. She then graduated from Queen Mary’s College, Chennai. After her studies, Vani was employed at the State Bank of India, Madras, and later in 1967, she was transferred to the Hyderabad branch.

Early career in Mumbai

After her marriage to Jairam in 1969, she moved to Mumbai to set up her family. At her request, she was transferred to the Mumbai branch of her bank. After learning of her singing skills, Jairam convinced Vani to get trained in Hindustani classical music and she enrolled under Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan of the Patiala Gharana. Her rigorous training under him made She quit her bank job and take up music as her profession. She learned the nuances of various vocal forms such as Thumri, Ghazal, and Bhajan under Khan’s tutelage and gave her first public concert in 1969.

In the same year, she was introduced to composer Vasant Desai, who was recording a Marathi album Gandharva with singer Kumar. After listening to her voice, Desai selected her to sing the song “Runanubandhacha” for the same album with Kumar Gandharva. The album was released to much popularity among the Marathi audience and the duet was well received. She sang in the film “Meera” with the legendary singer of Agra Charan, Pandit Dinkar Kaikini. The music was given by none other than Pt Ravi Shankar.

Renowned for her vocal range and ease in adapting to any difficult composition, Vani was often the choice of many musicians across India from the 1970s to the late 1990s. She sang in many Indian languages (19 languages), such as Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Gujarati, Haryanvi, Assamese, Tulu, and Bengali.

Let us tell you that Vani has won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer three times and has also won state government awards from the states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Gujarat. In 2012, he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South for his achievements in South Indian film music. In July 2017, she received the Best Female Vocalist award at the 2017 NAFA event in New York.

Personal life and cause of death

Vani was married into a family that supported music. Her mother-in-law, Padma Swaminathan, was the last surviving daughter of F G Natasa Iyer, a social activist and Carnatic music vocalist. N. Rajam is his sister-in-law.

Vani died of a fall on 4 February 2023 at the age of 77

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