Jayanthi Rangarajan, daughter to Saroja and M.R Krisnawamy, is an Indian classical vocalist based out of Bengaluru. Jayanthi, born in the South Indian metropolis of Chennai, was naturally inclined to music from a young age, with her mother, Late Smt. Saroja Krishnaswamy, playing her first guru.

She was tutored in the Carnatic style of music by Late. Shri. N.R Seethapathy, disciple of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Chitoor Shri. Subramania Pillai.  Her earliest foray into music was at the age of 11, when she performed at the renowned Mylapore Shri. Karpagamba Kapaleeshwarar temple in Chennai. After the demise of Mr. Seetthapathy, Sangeetha Kalanadhi D.K. Paattamal subsequently took Jayanthi under her wing to impart knowledge on the finer nuances of the craft and performance. 

She undertook advance training in Dasaru Padagalu under Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri. RK Srikantan after moving to Bengaluru. She is a graded artist in DOORDARSHAN and ALL INDIA RADIO and an expertise in Azhwar Pasurams.

In a career-spanning over 40 years, Jayanthi has performed in wide-ranging venues and music festivals around the world. Her singing has been termed ‘imaginative yet deep-rooted in the vintage notions of Carnatic music sans the gimmicks’ and has received wide-spread acclaim and media coverage with notable music reporters such as Subbuddu, NM Narayanan, Tyagu, Malavika, Ranjani Swaminathan and SVK praising her for eclectic range of singing.

Jayanthi has also received numerous honours and titles for her contributions to music, including ‘Ganavarshini’, ‘Amirtha Geetham’, ‘Then Isai Chudar’ and ‘Suzhal Isai Mamani’ and more. She has also recorded ‘Rare Kritis’ albums for music labels such as T-series and Sargam Cassettes. More recently, she recorded an assortment of Azhwar Pasurams titled ‘Thiru Venkata Pamalai’ for ‘Pathway Productions.’

Besides singing, Jayanthi serves as a guest author and an active contributor of short stories with the tamil magazine ‘Ladies Special.’ She also holds a Masters degree in Economics.

What Experts Say?

I must make a deviation from accepted norms by singling out a very young vocalist who sang in the afternoon session at Indian Fine Arts. Kumari. M.K.Jayanthi revealed high professional calibre in her approach. It was difficult to believe that such a young girl could measure up to the exacting demands of the idiom. Read Full Article…
Subbudu The Indian Express
Jayanthi Rangarajan’s rendition adhered to the core values of classical music.
The Hindu Friday Review
Jayanthi Rangarajan’s voice remembers us the divine voice of Srimati. D.K.P.
Kalai Malar