Speaking about the nomination, Jayashree told PTI, "I got to
know about the nomination after some of my friends messaged me. I
was not expecting it at all but I am thrilled that the film has
bagged 11 nominations." Jayashri, who resides in Chennai went on to
add, "It is a happy moment for Indian music. It is a very simple
lullaby and comes from a mother's heart. Language does not matter
as its feeling is universal." The singer even penned the lyrics of
the Tamil song.
Jayashri says she was guided by film's director Ang Lee and
Danna at every step while working on the song. She is also hoping
that Lee, who is already an Oscar winner, wins another trophy for
Pi. "Working with Danna and Ang lee taught me many things. Lee is a
genius," she added. On her Facebook page, Jayashri shared her
experiences about working with Lee. "'A child sleeps not because he
is sleepy, but because he feels safe'. These were the initial words
of director Ang Lee, when he was explaining to me what he wanted to
hear in the lullaby which opens and brings down the curtain of the
movie Life Of Pi."
Besides a huge body of work in classical music, Jayashri also has a selective but successful career in playback singing. She has collaborated with musicians like MS Vishwanathan, Ilayaraja, AR Rahman, Harris Jayraj and Shankar Ehsan Loy. Rahman, a double Oscar-winner for his music in Slumdog Millionaire, was one of the early well-wishers to Jayashri. "Congrats to Bombay Jayashree. First ever Academy Award nomination for a Tamil song," Rahman tweeted last night, just after the nominations were announced. Jayashri, on her part, says she is open to more such international collaborations in future.