Vani Jairam is a South Indian playback singer in Indian cinema and was born in 30th November 1945 in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. She was the fifth daughter of a family of eight children. Her mother is Padmavathi and a disciple of Ranga Ramunaja Iyengar. He taught her Dikshitar kritis and at age of eight, she got the opportunity of singing in All India Radio. Her Carnatic music teachers were Srinivasa Iyengar, R. S. Mani and T. R. Balasubramanian. And Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan was her Hindustani classical music teacher. Vani was married to Jayaram and they settled in Mumbai after their marriage. In Mumbai, she realized her dream of becoming a playback singer in the film industry.
Her playback singer career started in 1971 with movie named “
” and she recorded several songs for “Guddi”. For over four decades of her singing career, she has sung playback for several films and has recorded several private music albums. She has worked with the top most music directors of India, including Chitragupta, Naushad,
, O.P. Nayyar, R. D. Burman, Kalyanji Anandji,
and Jaidev. In 1974, she started playback singing in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu cinema. She has worked with the top most South Indian music directors such as M. S. Viswanathan, M. B. Sreenivasan, K. V. Mahadevan, M. K. Arjunan, Jerry AmaldevIlayaraaja and Bengali music director Salil Chowdhary. Vani has made recordings in Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam and Telugu as well. She has sung a wide variety of songs, including songs for films, pop, traditional Indian music, folk songs, bhajans and ghazals. She has recorded Thumri Dadra & Bhajans and Holi Songs with Pandit Briju Maharaj. Also, she has recorded "Gita Govindam" with Odissi Guru Kelucharan Mohopatra playing the Pakhawaj. She has written and composed music for her song collection named "Murugan Songs”. Some of the remarkable songs in her singing life were Ezhu Swarangalukkul, Keliviyin Nayangane, Kavidhai Kelungal Nadhamenum, Ennulil Engo, Yaaradhu sollamal, Sugamana ragangale, Aana kana and Megamae Megamae. Her recently released songs are Thiruppugazh and Narayana.