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P Jayachandran performing at Devarajan Master 7th Death Anniversary Concert
|Birth name||Paliyath Jayachandran Kuttan|
March 3, 1944 |
Paliyath Jayachandran, popularly known as P. Jayachandran is a South Indian playback singer from Kerala.
Jayachandran was born in 'Bhadralayam', Ravipuram, Ernakulam, and later his family moved to Irinjalakkuda. His father Ravivarma Kochaniyan Thampuran of the Cochin Royal Family was a learned musician, though not a professional singer. His mother Subhadra Kunjamma Paliyam Swarupam was also a great music lover who encouraged Jayachandran to learn the notes of Mridangam at a very young age and with her support he could attain dexterity with the Mridangam. He began to sing devotional songs in churches at the age of 8.
Jayachandran is married to Lalitha in 1973.They have a daughter Lakshmi & a son Dinanath.
Jayachandran graduated from Christ College, Irinjalakuda. He was a student of the Irinjalakuda National School from where he received many prestigious prizes for playing the Mridangam and light music in the State School Youth Festival Jayachandran met Yesudas in 1958 when he participated in the state youth festival. Yesudas won the Best Classical Singer award and Jayachandran got the best Mridamgist award in the same year.
He has won one National Award, four Kerala State Awards and four Tamil Nadu State Awards. He has recorded songs in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi languages. Jayachandran is also affectionately called the Bhava Gayakan.
Jayachandran got his first state award in 1972 for the song Neelagiriyude ('Suprabhaatham')... for the film Panitheeratha Veedu. Its music was done by M. S. Viswanathan. The year 1978 brought him another state award. The song was Ragam Sreeragam for the film Bandhanam and the music director was M. B. Sreenivasan. He received a prestigious national award in 1985 for Sivasankara Sarva Saranya Vibho..., a Gurusthuthi song for the film Sree Narayana Guru music by G. Devarajan . The song Prayam Nammil.. from the film Niram brought him a third state award in 1998. In 1975, he sang for the Malayalam movie Penpada (with music by R. K. Shekhar)a song Velli then Kinnam Pol, regarded as the first composition of 9 year old Dileep Shekhar, now known as A. R. Rahman Legendary Music Composer.
Jayachandran has to be mentioned as one of the important person enriched by the music Maestro Ilayaraja. He sang a lots of Tamil hits for him. His famous and ultimate songs are "raasaathi unna" "kaathirundhu kaathirundhu" from Vaidhegi kaathirundhaal, "mayanginen solla thayanginen" from Naaney raaja naaney mandhiri, "vaalkaiye vesham" from Aarilirundhu arubathu varai, "poova eduthu oru" from Amman kovil kizhakaaley, "Thaalaattudhey vaanam" from Kadal Meengal... and much more...
He got the first Asianet award and the Arabian award for the same song in the same year. Its music was done by Sree Vidyasagar. In 1994, he received the Tamil Nadu state Government award for the best singer for the song, Kathazham Kattuvazhi... for the film KizhakkuCheemayile. A. R. Rahman composed the music. As a recognition for his contribution to Tamil film music, he was honoured with the Kalaimamani award of the Tamil Nadu Government.
Despite his popularity, he was later sidelined by the music composers for reasons not known to the public. He was as important a singer in the 70s and 80s in the Tamil and the Malayalam films as S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and K. J. Yesudas.
Jayachandran was honoured with the Swaralaya Kairali Yesudas award at the beginning of 2001, which he was the first person to receive. The motive behind this award is to choose the best from the singers and lyricists within a span of 30 years. He has sung nearly 1000 songs for Malayalam movies over the years according to the MSI information database.
- "Raasathi Unnai" - Vaitheghi Kaathirunthaal (Tamil)
- "Kattalan Kaatu Vazhi" - Kizhakku Cheemaiyile (Tamil)
- "Kadavul Vaazhum Kovilile" - Oru Thalai Raagam (Tamil)
- "Olavina Udugore Kodalenu" - Olavina Udugore (Kannada)
- "Kodiyile Malliyappoo" - Kadalora Kavithaigal
- Kannathil Muthamittal
- Mancholai Kilithano - Kizhake Pogum Rail(Tamil)
- "Milo Wahan Wahan (from movie ADA, Debut song in Hindi)
Malayalam music albums
- Pranayamarmaram - 2009.
- 1986 - Best Male Play Back Singer for the song "Shivashankara Sharva Sharanyavibho" in the film Sree Narayana Guru
- 1972 - Best Male Play Back Singer for the song "Suprabhatham" in the film "Pani Theeratha Veedu"
- 1978 - Best Male Play Back Singer for the song "Ragam Sreeragam" in the film "Bandhanam"
- 1999 - Best Male Play Back Singer for the song "Prayam Nammil" in the film Niram
- 2004 - Best Male Play Back Singer for the song "Neeyoru Puzhayaay" in the film Thilakkam
- 1994 - Best Male Playback Singer - for the song "Kattazham Kattuvazhi" in the film Kizhakku Cheemayile
- 1997 - Kalaimamani award by Tamil Nadu Government for 30 Years in Tamil Film Music
Jayachandran debuted in films by playing a pivotal character in K. G. George's Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback after 3 years played a very interesting role in Hariharan's Nakhakshathangal and later appeared in films after 26 years break in V. K. Prakash's Trivandrum Lodge, which stars Jayasurya in the lead role.
|01||1983||Lekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback||Bharath Gopi, Mammootty, Nalini||K. G. George||Malayalam|
|02||1986||Nakhakshathangal||Monisha, Vineeth, Thilakan||Hariharan||Malayalam|
|03||2012||Trivandrum Lodge||Jayasurya, Anoop Menon, Honey Rose||V. K. Prakash||Malayalam|
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