Ujjayinee Roy is a singer, song writer, composer and writer from Chennai, India. She has been the voice behind numerous songs in Tamil, Hindi, Telegu, Malayalam and Kannada films and has worked with the likes of A R Rahman, Illayaraja, Sajid – Wajid, Devi Sree Prasad, Yuvan Shankar Raja and MG Sreekumar among other popular music directors all over the country. She is also a voice-over artist for jingles and ad-films
Her journey in to the world of music began in Agartala at the age of three when she began training in Hindustani Classical Music, under the tutelage of Shri Ganesh Debbarman. When she turned seven, Ujjayinee started performing for All India Radio as a child artist. A few years later she started performing for Doordarshan Kendra. At the age of eight Ujjayinee was awarded a scholarship from Center for Cultural Research and Training (CCRT) New Delhi, in Hindustani Classical Music. After completing “Visharad” from Bhatkhande University, Lucknow, in Hindustani vocal, Ujjayinee started training under Pandit Ramendranath Dey. Under his guidance she now started performing in classical and semi-classical concerts.She was also the youngest artist to be awarded a B-high grade from All India Radio, Delhi as a vocalist. At the age of eighteen she also became a graded composer for AIR. She trained under her guru and performed with him for the rest of the years that she lived in Agartala while completing her formal education. In the year 1997 Ujjayinee moved to the city of Bangalore to complete her post – graduation in Business Studies. She lived in Bangalore for 6 years during which she continued performing with her band. In the year 2003 Ujjayinee moved to Chennai. This was the time when she worked with prominent Carnatic saxophone player Kadri Gopalnath for three of his albums. This led to her being introduced to the famous kanjira player Selva Ganesh with whom she collaborated for his album. This was also the time when she made her debut as a playback singer. Since then she has worked for various music composers for both film and independent music. She has over three decades of stage as well as studio experience. She has also been associated with Radio Mirchi, Kolkata as a RJ and producer. Ujjayinee is also a poet, lyricist and columnist. In the year 2012 a song penned and sung by her, called “Tanha – Alone” was nominated for Global Indian Music Academy (GIMA) awards. Her face is frequently seen on television as well. She is also a theater artist and performs with a theater group called The Madras Lights, in Chennai. Currently she is also acting in movies in various languages.
She has been the founder member of bands like Tribe and Aurko and has also been a part of a musical project called Noize Inc. Ujjayinee has been working and experimenting with various genres of music like electronica, opera, metal, Indian and Western classical, jazz and blues, folk music etc and her compositions are a clear proof of that.
Sometime back Ujjayinee met guitar virtuoso and producer Ed DeGenaro from Los Angeles and thereby started a new journey for her where she teamed up with him and co-produced and sang for his album “Holiday In Madras”. Since then she has been touring and performing with his band called “Ed DeGenaro’s Elektrik Circus”. She has experimented with various styles and genres of music in this album and also worked with top international fusion and main stream artists. Currently she is working with him for two projects. The first being her own album, produced by Ed and Ujjayinee being the singer / songwriter. The title of her album is “I Won’t Forget To Put Roses On Your Grave” and she has already released some of the songs as singles. The second is Ed’s fusion album called “The Elektrik Circus”. She has also released another original compilation called “Novocaine For The Soul”. A bohemian at heart Ujjayinee Roy currently lives in Chennai where she teaches and performs music.