New Delhi: Indian singer Bombay Jayashri won her first Academy Award nomination for writing the lyrics for the lilting 'Pi's Lullaby' in Ang Lee's ship-wreck story 'Life of Pi'. She is competing with five other contenders for the Music (Original Song) category.
The music of 'Pi's Lullaby' is by Mychael Danna and the official page credits Jayashri with the lyrics.
Including his nominations this year for Original Score, this is the second Academy Award nomination for Danna.
The other contenders in the Original Song category are: 'Before My Time' from 'Chasing Ice', J Ralph; 'Everybody Needs a Best Friend' from 'Ted,' Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane; 'Skyfall' from 'Skyfall,' Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth and 'Suddenly' from 'Les Miserables,' Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil.
Pi, the son of zookeepers in Pondicherry finds the world he knows swept away when his family sells the zoo and sets sail for Canada with a few of its remaining animals. A storm capsizes the ship and only Pi escapes, set adrift in a lifeboat that is also the refuge of an enormous Bengal tiger.
Life of Pi has been nominated in 11 categories, including Best Picture and Best Director (Ang Lee) and is in neck-and-neck competition with Steven Spielberg's Lincoln with 12 nods.
Jayashri Ramnath, a Carnatic singer, is a well known name in Tamil cinema and has sung a number of songs with composers Ilaiyaraaja, AR Rahman and Yuvan Shankar Raja.
Celebs took to Twitter to express their happiness over Jayashri's achievement:
AR Rahman: Congrats to Bombay Jayashri... First ever Academy Award nomination for a Tamil song.
Shabana Azmi: Congratulations to Bombay Jayashri for her Oscar nomination. She did the playback for a song in 'Morning Raga' and I love her voice.
Shreya Ghoshal: Oscar 2013: Bombay Jayashri gets Oscar nomination for 'Life of Pi' song!! Hearty Congrats!!!
Actor Siddharth: Bombay Jayshri at the Academy Awards! What an amazing honour for a great artist. India has Rahman to thank for all these honours.
Jayshri has also voiced Hindi songs like 'Zara zara' in 'Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein' and 'Chahoon bhi toh' in 'Force'. (With inputs from IANS)