Jayen Varma

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Jayen Varma
Birth name Kerala Varma Jaya Kumar
Born (1961-02-03) February 3, 1961 (age 54)
Origin Tripunithura, Cochin Kerala, India
Genres Ragazz, Funk, Fusion
Occupation(s) Bassist
Instruments Bass guitar, Mridangam, Drums
Years active 1981 - present
Website http://www.jayenvarma.net

Jayen Varma (born February 3, 1961) is an Indian electric bass player.[1] He is known for developing tabla and mridangam style finger technique on bass guitar to play slap bass. The style developed by him is widely known as Indian slap bass,[2] which won him fans around the globe and accolades from some of the great names in bass guitar like Jeff Berlin, Bootsy Collins, Marcus Miller etc. He belongs to the State of Kerala in India. According to The Registry of Official World Records (Record Holders Republic)US&UK in 2008[3] and The RecordSetter Book of World Records in 2011,[4] he is the fastest in bass guitar playing. He performs with the band The Khayal Groove consisting of Indian classical vocalist Aparna Panshikar and French drummer Jean Davoisne.[5][6]


He is also a playback singer. The single named 'The Country Song' in the Malayalam movie Koothara composed by Gopi Sundar was sung by him.

Personal life[edit]

Jayen was born to Kerala Varma and Thankamani in 1961 in Ernakulam district, Kerala. He is married to Kala Varma and has two daughters: Athira Varma and Aswathy Varma. He was working as a gazetted officer in Cochin Devaswom Board and later he took voluntary retirement to pursue a full-time music career[7]


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