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Gayatri's musical tutelage includes the remarkable combination of learning both the rendition and theory of music. She is a renowned vocalist, accomplished violinist and a PhD in Music from the Madras University.

Her musical learning can be divided into three distinct phases.

She began her tutelage at the tender age of 3-1/2 years under her mother, Smt. Subbulakshmi Gurunathan, who was herself a "B" Grade vocalist of the AIR. She fondly recalls how her mother would sing repeatedly yo her and Gayatri developed an acute sense of "Kezhvi Gnanam" that has served her throughout her life. After the passing away of her mother when she was only years old, Gayatri continued learning until age 12 at her hometown in Samalkot (in Andhra Pradesh) under Allamaraju Someswara Rao, who was a famous vocalist in AIR at vizag. Her grandmother would take notes in the bi-weekly classes. She gave her first concert at the age of 11 to mark her arrival into the Carnatic Music arena.

The second phase of her musical learning was between ages 13 and 19 and happened at Kalakshetra in Chennai. She made her conscious move to Chennai to pursue her calling in Music and was instantly admitted into Kalakshetra after Rukmani Arundale heard her sing and recognized the immense talent in this young artist. During her six years at Kalakshetra, she learnt vocal music under Pudukkodu Krishnamurthy (an "A" grade artist of AIR Chennai) and Vairamangalam S Lakshminarayanan (also an "A" grade artist of AIR Chennai). She learnt violin under Pakkala Ramdas, (an accomplished "A" grafe artist of AIR Chennai and a disciple of Shri Lalagudi G Jayaraman). During this time, Gayatri completed her Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma in Music and also learnt Braille.

The third phase of her musical learning was a real turning point when she was accepted by the legend Padma Bhushan Shri Lalgudi G Jayaraman as a student in 1998. She remembers the day of 25th January, 1998 with great nostalgia when she was accepted by the musical legend as a disciple. She says that here is where her musical understanding nd performance truly blossomed for she learnt swara gnanam, manodharma sangeetham, the depths of our limitless musical tradition and also the nuances of being a performing artist. It is but natural thet her music today carries the rich flavour of the unique Lalguid baani. She recalls the intensity of those four years of sadhana when she would practice 4-5 hours a day and attend 3-4 classes a week of duration between 1-1/2 to3 hours. From 2008 onwards she has enriched her repertoire under the vidwan Padma Bhushan Dr. K.J. Yesudas. Here she learnt shruti shuddham, voice quality and the bhaavam that transforms Carnatic Music from a mere art to divine endeavour. During this phase, she also completed her PhD in Music in 2011, at Madras University, under the supervision of Dr. M. Pramila, who guided her thesis on the 'Stylistic Analysis of Kalidaikurichi Vedanta Bhagavatar'.