S. J. Jananiy (Cuddalore Jananiy - Vocal)
Subramanian Jaya Jananiy, also known as Cuddalore Janani and S. J. Janani, is an Indian musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She was bestowed with National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement in 2001 by Government of India. Jananiy was also awarded with Kalai Ilamani Award in 2003 by Government of Tamil Nadu. Jananiy is trained in Carnatic classical music, Hindustani classical music and Western Classical Music. She is also a keyboardist and pianist and plays violin, veena and guitar for studio recording. Jananiy is a B HIGH Grade Artiste at All India Radio.
Jananiy was born in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, to Shanti and V. Subramanian. She completed her education up to ninth grade at St. Mary's Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Cuddalore where she was awarded with Best Vocalist Award each year. While at St. Mary's Matriculation, Jananiy was also nominated for Pogo Amazing Kid Award conducted by Pogo TV at national level in music category.
Music style and influence
Jananiy has been a disciple of a prominent Carnatic vocalist, Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna. She also got trained under Neyveli Santhanagopalan, Injikudi Ganesan, Rukmini Ramani, Chidambaram Shanmukham, Geetha Srinivasan & Guru Lakshmi. Jananiy has completed Grade 8 in keyboard as well as Grade 8 in Vocal from Trinity College London, under Augustine Paul and V. Giridharan. She continued ATCL in Western Classical Vocal at Trinity College London. Jananiy learnt Hindustani classical music under the discipleship of Pandit Kuldeep Sagar and completed Senior Diploma from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad.
Jananiy started her career at age of 5 by performing in her first stage show in Cuddalore. Over the years, Jananiy has performed in more than 1000 stage shows of Carnatic Classical Vocal, Fusion, Bhajan, Devotional and Light Music and also gave more than 100 Carnatic Classical keyboard concerts. At age of 8, she was recognized as Saadhanai Naayaki (achiever) by Tamil language weekly magazine, Ananda Vikatan. Dinamani, a Tamil daily newspaper, named her Eazhu vayadhu Isai kuyil (seven years old cuckoo) and Vairamuthu, a prominent Tamil poet and lyricist titled her Nee En Magal (my daughter from then) in an interview to a Tamil weekly Kumudam.
Jananiy's debut album, Natha Oli, was released in 1999. Natha Oli was fusion of Carnatic Classical Vocal and keyboard. The music director of the album was Kumardeva and it was released by JSJ Audio. After the release of her first album, she regularly participated in the Thiruvaiyyaru Thyagabrahma Utsavam and performed at Thiruvaiyaru Tamil Isai Mandram. Jananiy also performed at Kodai Vizha Festival organized by Government of Tamil Nadu.
In 2001, Jananiy was awarded with National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement in the field of Classical Music (vocal), by then Vice-President of India, Krishan Kant. In 2002, her second album Poongatru was released in collaboration with S. P. Balasubrahmanyam. L. Vaidyanathan directed the music and lyrics were written by Kaviperarasu Vairamuthu.
On 14 November 2002, Jananiy participated in Children's Day Function at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi and performed Endaro Mahanubhavulu for A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, then President of India. In 2003, Jananiy was bestowed with Kalai Ilamani Award from Government of Tamil Nadu for her excellence in classical music. The same year, she did playback singing under the direction of Karthik Raja, for a Tamil film, Album.
In 2007, Jananiy's third album, Sri Venkatesa Suprabhatam & Kandha Sashti Kavacham, was released. The album was collection of devotional songs with Carnatic music. The album was released by M. Balamuralikrishna and Neyveli Santhanagopalan. After release of the album, Jananiy became disciple of Balamuralikrishna.
In 2007, Jananiy collaborated with her uncle and released the concept-series Classic Waves. The music for this series was conducted, arranged and produced by Jananiy herself. Classic Waves 2 and 3 were released in 2010 and 2011 respectively while 4 volumes of Classic Marvel series were released in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively. Jananiy received Yuvakala Bharathi from Bharat Kalachar in 2011. Later in 2011, Jananiy participated with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia in a Jugalbandi concert for the Music festival Au Fil des Voix at Alhambra Concert Hall in Paris, France.
In 2012, Jananiy composed and produced music for S. P. Balasubrahmanyam's contemporary album, Kandar Shashti Kavacham and Subrahmanya Bhujangam. The album was released by EMI Virgin. Later in December that year, Jananiy collaborated again with Balasubrahmanyam along with Hariharan and P. Unnikrishnan for Mahakavi Bharathiar's Vande Mataram. She was also the composer, arranger and conductor of music for this album.
Jananiy made the musical arrangements and produced music for Carnatic Symphony-Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival that was held in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2014 as well as in 2017. She was awarded with Sangitha Kovidha from Gayathri Fine Arts & Lakshmi Kuppuswamy Trust, New Delhi in 2015. She also received Bharathi Award from Vidiyal Charitable Trust & The Dawn Cultural & Social Association later that year. Jananiy composed music for the Tamil Movie Prabha that got launched in 2015. As of 2017, she has released 30 albums in various genre apart from jingles and private songs.