First ever academy award nomination for a Tamil song! If you are of Indian descent or simply a lover of all things Indian, you would have caught the attention of a song sung in South Indian verse. The track from Life of Pi is sung by a world renowned classical carnatic singer.
This beautiful song has been effortlessly rendered by Bombay Jayashri, and everything from the lyrics to the interludes are just mesmerizing.
Pi’s Lullaby, with lyrics by Indian singer Bombay Jayashri, is up for Best Original Song. Mychael Danna’s composition received a nomination for Best Original Score.
Ang Lee’s big screen dramatization of Yann Martel’s Booker prize-winning Life Of Pi has received 11 Oscar nominations, including two biggies – Best Picture and Best Director.
Life Of Pi is also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Production Design, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and, not surprisingly, Visual Effects.
The film, starring Suraj Sharma and Irrfan Khan, received no nominations in any of the acting categories. Life Of Pi has also been nominated for three Golden Globes.
“Life of Pi” is an adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel of the same title, and has been directed by Ang Lee, who brought us Hollywood blockbusters such as ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’.
More about Bombay Jayashri
Jayashri is a disciple of violin maestro Shri. Lalgudi G Jayaraman. She is one of the most sought after contemporary
musicians. Jayashri is also a music composer and a teacher, with excellence as an underlying thread in all her activities.
She is also one of the leading playback singers in Tamil cinema. Her association with the composer Harris Jayaraj has produced many chart-buster songs. She has worked with many ace composers such as Ilaiyaraaja, A. R. Rahman, Vidyasagar, Yuvan Shankar Raja among others.
Another dimension of music which Jayashri is focused on is in exploring the therapeutic and healing value that music can generate. She has been working closely with institutions like Kilikili in Karnataka and Sankalp in Tamil Nadu which care for autistic children. This domain is a matter of serious engagement for Jayashri and her students.
Life of Pi: Tamil Lullaby by Bombay Jayashree.
Mayilo, thogai mayilo,
Kuyilo, koovum kuyilo
Nilavo, Nilavin oLiyo
Imaiyo, Imaiyin kanavo
Malaro, malarin amudho,
Kaniyo, senkaniyin suvaiyo
My dear one, the jewel of my eye,
Sleep my dear precious one.
You are the peacock, the dancing peacock,
You are the koel, the singing koel,
You are the moon, light of the moon,
You are the eyelid, dreams that wait on the eyelids.
You are the flower, nectar of the flower
You are the fruit, sweetness of the fruit.