Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh

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Dr. Jayanthi has been enthralling audiences the world over with her graceful, emotive and expressive music for the last 25 years. Born into a family where music has been the mainstay for the last seven generations, Jayanthi started playing the Veena when she was barely 3.

Jayanthi has been invited by prestigious organisations across the world like Theatre de la Ville in Paris, the UN and World Music Centre in New York, Music Guimet in Paris, Woodstock in the United States, Indo-German Societies, the Indian embassy at Sharjah and several such platforms to represent the National instrument of India – the Saraswathi Veena.

She has been a part of national and international music ensembles and jugalbandhis with musicians from many disciplines. Her boundless creativity finds expression in a multitude of ways. She has conceptualized, composed and produced the music for many dance ballets and musicals and is the Managing Director of a Bangalore based Music company called 'Home Records' that endeavours to encourage and spread ecological awareness through expressions of experiments in interpretations of the dynamic aspects of Indian music and its related performing arts. Jayanthi is also the creator and coordinator of the Indian National Orchestra, a first-of-its-kind organization that showcases the best musical talent from around the country.

Jayanthi is the disciple of her maternal aunt Smt. Padmavathy Ananthagopalan and Veena Maestro Dr.S.Balachander. Her maternal uncle, the Violin Legend Lalgudi Sri. Jayaraman is a great influence and inspiration for her.

Jayanthi was awarded a Doctorate by the University of Mysore for her work on the subject "Analytical Study of Different Banis and Playing techniques of the Saraswathi Veena". In recognition of her artistry, the Government of Tamilnadu has honoured her with the title of Kalaimamani, and she has been the recipient of many such prestigious awards.

Jayanthi has evolved her own identity and style by making the Veena her voice in expressing many a new musical thought to the audiences across the globe. She has today made the Veena the focal point of musical essence and experience.