Press Reviews

Malleswaram Sabha, Bangalore, India: " Purvi Kalyani (Meenakshi) really lifted the aesthetic flavor of her recital. The raaga-thaana-pallavi in Shanmukhapriya testified to her dedication." - S.N.C Indian Express

"Varadarajan's strong, agile penetratingly pure voice is harnessed to a vivid, extroverted singing style, daring in improvizations and fervid in its commucation of devotional texts." San Francisco Chronicle

" Varadarajan's elaboration thrilled the listeners. The hold over laya was something remarkable." - The HIndu

"Varadarajan has long been poineering a new approach in presenting classical Carnatic music. She presented a truly divinely inspired and inspiring performance." - India West

"Varadarajan is doing yeoman service to the community by consistently teaching and training many students. Purandara Paada Saurabha is a distinctive musical rendition." - India Currents.

"Jayashree Varadarajan's aalapana with her ringing voice and akara was of superb quality. She sang with elan." - The Hindu.

"With every production, Varadarajan has used her creative genius at work." - India Currents.

"Purandaradasa audio cassette is an elevating experience. With sheer technical superiority of the production, Jayashree's voice remains exceptionally good throughout." - India West

"Jayashree's performance had an air of sustained quiescent dignity, her music and dance were synchronized to give full expression to the lyrical content - a tremendous advantage for a dancer who is so thoroughly proficient in music." - India West


Jayashree Varadarajan has been awarded honors such as Sangeetha Vidushi, Sangeetha Kala Saraswati and Sangeetha Kala Vibhooshini. In addition, Jayashree was awarded first price for Best Pallavi singing by Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. She is also the recipient of the Artist's Fellowship Award from the California Arts Council for her excellence in music. In April 2007, she was presented with the Sri Guru Award by India Parent Magazine. In 1996, she was nominated for the Woman of Achievement Award for her contributions to the field of music. Jayahsree Varadarajan's many music, dance and dramatic productions in the San Francisco bay area have garnered high praise from critics.