Shyam (composer)

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Birth name Samuel Joseph
Also known as Shyam
Origin Mylapore, Tamil Nadu, India
Genres Film score
Occupation(s) Music director
Instruments Harmonium, Violin
Years active 1963–1992

Samuel Joseph, better known as Shyam, is a Malayalam music composer from Tamil Nadu, India.

From the mid-1970s to the late 1980s, Shyam had a prolific run as a composer in the Malayalam film industry, composing for nearly 200 films. Working with all major directors of the time, Shyam had scored for many hits of Jayan and the early films of Mammootty and Mohanlal.[1]

Career beginnings[edit]

Shyam assisted legendary Malayalam film composer G. Devarajan, joining him as his violinist. He also apprenticed under maestros M. S. Viswanathan and Salil Chowdhury,[2] the former renaming him 'Shyam'.

He debuted as an independent film composer in Malayalam cinema through the 1974 film, Manyasree Viswamithran.


Kerala State Film Awards:


  1. ^ "Play it again, Shyam". The Hindu. 2003-10-27. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  2. ^ "On a musical trip down memory lane". The Hindu. Retrieved 2016-12-01.