Whether it is ghazals, hindustani classical, film music, bhajans, Gayatri Asokan is a forceful presence in Indian music world. Born to Dr Asokan and Dr Suneethy, Gayatri has been singing since childhood. Her grandmother Ammukutty was a carnatic music teacher. Though born into an academic family her parents encouraged her to learn carnatic music from a very tender age. She was trained in carnatic by Nedumangad Sasidharan Nair, Mangat Natesan and Vamanan Namboodiri. During her school days and college days she won several competitions in light music and also western music. While she was doing her B.A. in literature she developed a keen interest in Hindustani music due to her friend late Philip Francis who was a ghazal singer and tabalist. So she decided to go to Poona and got trained under renowned Hindustani classical artist Alka Marulkar. It was a typical 'Gurukul' system which needed a lot of practice and dedication. Meanwhile during one of her visits to home, she got her first break in playback. The composer was none other than the legendary Ravindran Master. It was for the movie Araynnangalude Veedu, a beautiful duet with Maestro K.J. Yesudas.
Gayathri never had to look back after that. She soon got more valuable offers and recorded film songs for Ilayaraja, Vidyasagar, Ousepachan, Johnson, Ramesh Narayan, Deepak Dev and so on…. She won the State Award for the best playback singer in 2003 for the song 'Enthe nee kanna..' in the movie Sasneham Sumitra, the Amrita-FEFKA Award for best playback singer 2011 for here solo Kinavile in Pranjiyettan & the Saint. Gayatri is also a Hindustani classical singer. She is presently getting trained under Pt.Vinayak Torvi (student of Pt Bhimsen Joshi) in Banglore since five years. She has performed for prestigious sabhas like the Surya, Taalam, Thyagaraja Sabha, and lots more. Her repertoire also includes Ghazals. She goes all the way to Mumbai to get trained in ghazal gayki under Smt Subha Joshi who is the disciple of Pandita Sobha Gurtu. Her zeal to excel herself in all these genres of music has been commendable. Gayatri's icon and spiritual Master is Sri Sri Ravishankar. She has been associated with the Art of Living foundation since 1995 and has done a lot of bhajan concerts for the NGO. She has also traveled with Sri Sri Ravishankar ji in India and abroad for concerts. She has Four solo spiritual albums to her credit - Anahata, Vishuddhi, Smaran and Sankirtan. In Vishuddhi she has composed four songs too. The royalty from all these albums go to charity projects.
Recently she has been experimenting in other genres like fusion music and 'jugalbandis' and has been widely appreciated in major platforms like the Nishagandhi festival. Gayatri has performed on stage with senior artists like K.J.Yesudas, S.Janaki, Hariharan, K.S.Chitra, SPB, Shankar Mahadevan… in India and abroad. She has also done classical concerts in London, Europe, Middle East. She regularly appears on all Malayalam television channels. She has appeared as jury in many competitions including Super Star Global, Munch Star Singer. She has recorded for north indian records like EMI with eminent classical singers like Pandit Jasraj and Pt.Hariprasad Chaurasia.
Gayatri is the first artist from Kerala to get a B High Grade in All India Radio for Hindustani Classical.
Gayatri is a post graduate in English literature. She has a younger brother, Ganesh, who is a software engineer working in Techno Park.