Bombay Jayashri Ramnath, who recently made waves after being nominated for an Academy Award for her sensational rendition of Pi’s Lullaby in Life of Pi, enthralled the audience in Dhaka through her Carnatic vocal performance on the opening night of Bengal Classical Music Festival. Upon her arrival in the capital, Dhaka Tribune caught up with the lady of lullabies. In a brief conversation, the soft-spoken chanteuse expressed her excitement of meeting the Bangladeshi audience later on that night.
Who inspired you to enter the world of music?
My mother inspired me to take up music. A Carnatic vocalist herself, my initial learning shaped in at her hands.
Why have you ventured into composition despite having a successful career as a singer?
Constant exposure to music has an effect on you. It becomes a part of your life, and when you train under a music teacher, you not only learn how to sing songs but also to create music. And this is where composition comes in.
It’s like if you have a brush and colours and the necessary skills to paint, you can either paint an ocean or a mountain. Both are possible for you. Singing and composing can be done simultaneously if you have the skills required for a musical life.
How do you feel about fusion especially with western music as you’ve already practiced that on several occasions in the past?
There’s nothing wrong with connecting two streams of music as long as it’s done properly, and can create something beautiful and unique.
Fusion is a challenging task but, if it’s done appropriately, it can yield wonderful results. In any case, you must connect your audience through your music
Any plans for the future you can share with us?
I want to be submerged in music, plain and simple, by the way of practicing music and listening to great musicians. Speaking of performing opportunities, frankly, these don’t concern me.