Gayatri Asokan

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Gayatri Asokan
Gayatri Asokan.jpg
Born (1979-03-02) 2 March 1979 (age 40)
Musical career
GenresPlayback, Hindustani, Carnatic music, Bhajans
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocalist
Years active2000–present
Websitewww.gayatriasokan.com

Gayatri Asokan is a playback singer who works mainly in Malayalam cinema. Apart from singing, she also composes music for albums and jingles. She is well trained in Bhajans and Hindustani and ghazals. She started her playback career with the song "Deena Dayalo Rama" for the film Arayannagalude Veedu under music director Raveendran. "Enthe Nee Kanna" for Sasneham Sumitra won her the Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer in 2003. Her memorable hits include "Chanjadi Adi" from Makalkku, "Thumbikkinnaram" from Naran and "Pularumo" from Ritu.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Gayathri was first trained in Carnatic music by Sri Mangat Natesan and Sri Vamanan Namboodiri at Trichur. Later she started training in Hindustani music under Dr. Alka Deo Marulkar in Pune and later under Pandit Vinayaka Torvi in Bangalore, which she is continuing.

Gayatri is a person who is influenced by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and she is an active member of the Art of Living foundation.

She is also a Hindustani classical music singer, a Bhajan singer and has given Hindustani concerts and programs based on film songs abroad. She has sung in many albums and has also sung and given music for a new album for the Art of Living foundation which was released in September 2006 by HMV worldwide. She has also shared the stage with eminent singers like S.P.Balasubramanyam, Yesudas, Jayachandran, S. Janaki, Shankar Mahadevan, Madhu Balakrishnan and Pradip Somasundaran. She recently sang for an album by music maestro Ilayaraja, Thiruvasagam, which was released by Sony Music.

Other activities[edit]

She has performed for established sabhas like Thyagaraja Sabha, Bharatham and Soorya Festival at Trivandrum. She also has given performances for Soorya in the Gulf countries, Malaysia, Europe and the UK. She also performs regularly on Asianet, Kairali T.V, Jeevan T.V, and Amrita TV. Gandharva Sangeetham, a popular music talent search show on Kairali T.V. was jointly hosted by her and G. Venugopal. Gayatri is a jury member for the hit reality show Super Star Global on Amrita TV. She is now anchoring popular gazal show Khayal on Media One TV.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Gayatri Asokan is the daughter of Dr. P. U. Asokan and Dr. K. S. Sunidhy. Gayathri was married to Dr.Sayij on 4 Jan 2005, but they later divorced.[2] A devotee of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Gayathri is an active participant in Art of Living's Satsangs all over the world. Gayathri is married to Sitar player Purbayan Chatterjee on 4 Dec 2016.

Film songs(partial)[edit]

2000[edit]

Film Song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Co-artist(s)
Arayannangalude Veedu "Deena Dayalo Rama" Raveendran Gireesh Puthanchery K.J. Yesudas
Dreamz "Kannil Kaasi Thumbakal" Vidyasagar P. Jayachandran
Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal "Sivakara Damaruka Layamai" Ilayaraja Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri K.S.Chithra
"Ghanashyama Vrindaranyam" Solo

2001[edit]

Film Song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Co-artist(s)
Goa "Niramizhi konil" Premkumar Vadakara Gireesh Puthanchery K.J. Yesudas
Soothradharan "Darshan" Raveendran SP Ramesh S.P.Balasubrahmaniam
"Hari Om [Shyama Hare]" S.Ramesan Nair Viswanath
Uthaman "Palaazhi Theeram Kandu" Johnson Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri Solo

2002[edit]

Film Song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Co-artist(s)
Kalyanaraman "Kadhayile Rajakumaranum" Berny-Ignatius Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri Solo
Onnaman "Maanathe Thudiyunarum" S. P. Venkitesh Gireesh Puthanchery K.J.Yesudas
Adheena "Karayathe Ponnumakale" Natesh Sankar Joffy Tharakan Solo
Madhuram "Ho Ho Ho" shakeer Jacksom

2003[edit]

Film Song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Co-artist(s)
Sthithi "Let's Wipe The Tears" Sunny Viswanath Priya Viswanath Maya Kartha
Mullavalliyum Thenmavum "Thamara Noolinal" Ouseppachan Gireesh Puthanchery G. Venugopal

2004[edit]

Film Song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Co-artist(s)
Swarna Medal "Chinga Naal" Simon Unknown Solo
"Malare Neeyuarangoo"
Greetings "Mizhikalil (f)" Raveendran Gireesh Puthanchery Solo
"Mizhiklil (D)" Devanand
Sasneham Sumithra "Enthe Nee Kanna" Ouseppachan Shibu Chakravarthy Solo

2005[edit]

Film Song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Co-artist(s)
Naran "Thumpi Kinnaram" Deepak Dev Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri K.J.Yesudas
"Thumpi Kinnaram (Unplugged)"
Makalkku "Chaanchadiyaadi Urangu Nee " Ramesh Narayan Solo
Daivanamathil "Naseebulla" PV Manzoor PV Manzoor Solo
"Maalakhamar" Noorjahan

2006[edit]

Film Song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Co-artist(s)
Out of Syllabus "Poovinithal" Bennet-Veetraag Prabha Varma Vidhu Prathap
Photographer "Chandrika Raavu" Johnson Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri Vijesh Gopal
Boss I Love You

(Dubbed version)

"Mazha Mukilazhke" Kalyani Malik Rajeev Alunkal Biju Narayanan

2007[edit]

Film Song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Co-artist(s)
Kaiyoppu "Jalthe He Kiske" Vidyasagar Majrooh Sulthanpuri Rafeeq Ahammed Solo
Arabikatha "Thirike Njaan (f)" Bijibal Anil Panachooran
Flash "Nin Hrudaya Mounam(f)" Gopi Sunder Rafeeq Ahammed
Pranayakalam "Parayoo Prabhathame" Ouseppachan

2008[edit]

Film Song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Co-artist(s)
Rathri Mazha "Rathrimazha(FD)" Ramesh Narayan Sugathakumari K.S.Chithra
"Rathrimazha(MD)" Ramesh Narayan
Mulla "Kannin Vaathil Chaarathe (f)" Vidyasagar Vayalar Sarathchandra Varma Solo

2009[edit]

Film Song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Co-artist(s)
Madhyavenal "Swantham Swantham(F)" Kaithapram Viswanathan Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri Solo
"Syama" Soordas
Rithu "Pularumo Ravozhiyumo" Rahulraj Rafeeq Ahammed Suchith Sureshan
Colours "Konchi Kochi" Suresh Peters Gireesh Puthanchery Sangeetha Sreekanth
Dr. Patient "Puthu Manjupol" Bennet-Veetraag Rafeeq Ahammed Balu Thankachan

2010[edit]

Film Song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Co-artist(s)
Pranchiyettan & the Saint "Kinavile Janalakal" Ouseppachan Shibu Chakravarthy Solo

2011[edit]

Film Song Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Co-artist(s)
Violin "Himakanam" Bijibal Rafeeq Ahammed Ganesh Sundaram
Beautiful "Nin Viral Thumbil" Ratheesh Vega Anoop Menon Solo
Priyappetta Nattukare "Nin Viral Thumbil" Aji Sharas V Vishnu Das Solo
Koratty Pattanam Railway Gate "Imakalil Viriyum" Gayoz Jihnson Shaji Jaleel Vidhu Prathap
Song Film Music director
Deena Dayalo Rama Arayannangalude veedu Raveendran
Thamara Noolinaal Mullavalliyum thenmaavum Ouseppachan
Kannil Kashi Thumba Dreams Vidyasagar
Chanjadi Aadi Makalkku-manjari Ramesh Narayan
Enthe Nee Kanna Sasneham Sumitra Ouseppachan
Thumbi Kinnaram Naran Deepak Dev
Kadhayile Rajakumaranum Kalyanaraman Berny-Ignatius
Chandrika Ravil Photographer Johnson
Rama hare Soothradharan Raveendran
Maakhamar Daivanamathil P.V.Mansoor
Nassebulla Daivanamathil Mammutti
Poovin Ethal Cheppil Out of Syllabus Bennet Veetraag
Enthe née thannilla Yes your Honour Deepak Dev
Parayu Prabhathame Pranayakalam Ouseppachan
Thirike Njan Arabhikadha Bijibal
Nin Hridaya Mounam Flash Gopi Sunder
Kannin vaathil Mulla Vidhyasagar
Pularumo Ritu Rahul Raj
Puthu Manjupol Dr. Patient Bennet Veetraag
Kinavile Pranchiyettan and the Saint Ouseppachan
Ninviral Thumbil Beautiful (2011 film) Ratheesh Vegha
Imakalil Viriyum Koratty Pattanam Railway Gate (2011 film) Gayoz Johnson
Thullimajin Ayalum njanum thammil Ouseppachan
Sugandha Neerala Friday Roby Abraham
Mazhakondu Mathram Spirit Shahabaz Aman
Varaveena Shruthi meetti Swaasam (2013 film) Kannan Bhai
Mazhaneer 5 Sundarikal (Gowri) Bijibal
Uppongela Godavari-Female Version Godavari K.M. Radhha Krishnan
Varikomale(F) Jilebi Bijibal
Shivakara damaruka Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal Ilayaraja
Ghanashyama vrinda
Neermizhikonil Goa Premkumar vadakkara

[citation needed]

Albums[edit]

  1. Anahata- Art of Living
  2. Neeyum Nilavum- Manorama Music
  3. Thiruvasagam -Sony Music
  4. Vishudhi- Art of Living
  5. Sarveshwari- Art of Living
  6. Iniyennum _ East Coast
  7. Pranayathhin Ormakal
  8. Ghazals by Umbayi
  9. Palanivel
  10. Smaran – Art of Living
  11. Sankirtan – Art of Lving
  12. Chants for workplaces – Kedar Pandit

Awards[edit]

  • Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer (2003) – Enthe Nee KannaSasneham Sumitra
  • 2007 :Art of Living award for Outstanding Women Achievers
  • 2011 :Asianet Television Awards for best playback singer -Harichandanam
  • 2012 :Asianet Television Awards for best playback singer -Agniputhri

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