Jayashri was born in Kolkata, into a family of music connoisseurs and musicians. While growing up in Mumbai, she started training in Carnatic music under the guidance of her parents Seetha and N. N. Subramaniam.
She attended St. Anthony's High School in Chembur. Soon, she went on to learn with T. R. Balamani, and trained under her for a period of 10 years. Jayashri was also initiated into Hindustani music and trained under Mahavir Jaipurvale and Ajay Pohankar for about six years.
When she moved to Chennai, she came under the guidance and mentorship of her guru Lalgudi Jayaraman.She also learnt the veena from G. N. Dhandapani Iyer.
Jayashri has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from R.A. Podar College, Mumbai. She also has a Diploma in Music from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi.
With a career extending over two decades, Jayashri is today among the most sought after Carnatic musicians. The myriad aficionados, spanning generations, that throng her concerts would bear ample testimony to this. Her work has won her the acclaim of prestigious institutions in India and abroad.
Jayashri has deployed the essence of the classical idiom most effectively in her search for avenues beyond the concert format. More recently she has harnessed her skills towards composing music as a powerful catalyst in promoting our rich legacy in literature and other art forms which have opened up new vistas for exploring her creative instincts. Her composition for the operatic ballet based on the Tamil Epic – ‘Silapadhikaaram’ is an example of this
Another dimension to music which Jayashri is focused on is in exploring the therapeutic and healing value that music can generate. She has been working closely with institutions caring for autistic children to help open up their senses through the medium of music. This is a deep and long commitment which she has taken on
Jayashri represents the model emerging new generation musician India is proud of. A seamless blend of uncompromising adherence to the core tradition of classical carnatic music as well as a ceaseless quest for quality music in any form would best personify Jayashri.