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Gayatri started her playback career by singing Deena Dayalu Rama for the film Arayannagalude Veedu under the music director Raveendran. Enthe Nee Kanna for Sasneham Sumitra won her the best female playback singer award. “When I won the award, Das Sir called me at home. What more can a beginer ask for?. At that time I was not at home. I reached home only after the heat of the awards had all subsided. I called Das Sir immediately. He said, “Usually people pay money and buy coffee. In your case, you got coffee while still being in the bed. There are two types of coffee like that”. “This was an incident which touched me.”
When it started getting busy, I stopped learning music in Pune and came back home. I found a guru in Pandit Vinayaka Porvi in Bangalore and the learning still continues. “Film music has changed my life and gave me lot of benefits. It is good that lot of people know you. It also made me financially independent”.
A person who has influenced Gayatri a lot is Sri Sri Ravishankar. He encouraged her to take lot of risks. “I know him for almost 10 years now through my father. I got introduced to him in the Bangalore Ashram. He encouraged me to become a famous singer and to practice seriously”.
Last month, Gayatri got an invitation to participate in a Painting-cum-Music programme in Hyderabad. The artiste was Varma who is known as the Raja Ravivarma of Karnataka. “When I sang Krishna Bhajan, he drew Krishna and Radha. For Mahishasura Mardhini, he drew an angry Devi. It was very fast and it was fascinating to see two mediums merge”. “Now I am learning piano. To perform classical music with western harmony is my dream, but before that there is lot to learn. I have to learn western music and Hindustani for atleast four years. Another dream is to compose and sing. I have started work on it. A new bhajan album for which I have composed the music will be out soon”. Gayatri has the courage and boldness to travel to the farthest corners of music.