Gayathri's search for excellence in Hindustani music began during her college
days even though she was singing popular music for a Western band called ‘Kalinga’
during those days. Her ‘inspiration’ to take up Hindustani Classical music was
Hariharan, the versatile and well-known vocalist. She also listened to performances
of stalwarts like Parveen Sultana and Kishori Amolkar, which urged her to learn
She initially took lessons from Ramesh Narayan, the Hindustani vocalist. In
the meantime, she’d made up her mind to go to the North of India and get herself
trained in the ‘gurukul’ way. It was around that time that the eminent Hindustani
musician Alka Marulkar visited Kochi for a concert. Under the guidance of
Alka Marulkar, Gayathri spent the next three years in Pune incorporating the
techniques of Hindustani music. She is undergoing training for Thumri and
Ghazals from Shubha Joshi, who is an accomplished singer of Hindustani Classical
Music in Mumbai.
She started singing in Malayalam movies with the soulful song ‘Deena Dayalo
Rama’ for the film ‘Arayannagalude Veedu’ whose music director was Raveendran.
The song ‘Enthe Nee Kanna’ for the Malayalam movie ‘Sasneham Sumitra’ won
her the Kerala State award for the best female playback singer in the year
2003. However, it is her song `Ghanasyama' in `Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal '
which is Gayathri's favourite. The music director of the movie is maestro
Illayaraja, one of the world’s most prolific film music composers.
Among the people who have influenced her a lot is Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and
she is an active member of the ‘Art of Living’ foundation. She has sung in
many Albums and has also sung and given music for the Art of Living foundation
which has been released worldwide by HMV, the royalty of which goes to the
Besides being a classical Hindustani vocalist and a playback singer, she is
also a bhajan singer. She has travelled abroad quite a bit and has given Hindustani
classical concerts and also programs based on film songs.
Gayathri has also recorded a cassette of Hindi bhajans called `Anahath' to
her credit. She has sung along with Shahbaz in a Malayalam ghazal album, `Neeyum
nilavum.' She has also composed music for an album of Hindi bhajans, which
has been released by HMV Saregama and its called ‘Vishudhi’. She says that
the album has a ‘contemporary’ feel to it.
Gayathri has done her M. A. in English Literature and is the daughter of two
doctors from Trichur, Dr. P. U Asokan and Dr. Sunidhi. She has a younger brother,
Ganesh, who is a software engineer.