Vaikom Vijayalakshmi

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Background information
Born (1981-10-07) 7 October 1981 (age 35)[1]
Vaikom, Kerala, India
Genres Playback singing, Carnatic music
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, Gayatriveena
Years active 1995 - present
Labels Audiotracs

Vaikom Vijayalakshmi is a playback singer from Kerala, India.[2] She is an expert in a rare musical instrument called Gayatriveena. She won special jury mention for her much appreciated work in the movie Celluloid.[3] She was born blind in Vaikom on October 7, 1981 and later on moved to Chennai.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She was born on October 7, 1981, on Vijaydashami day. Living near the Udayanapuram temple in Vaikom, Vijayalakshmi is the only daughter of Muraleedharan and Vimala. She was engaged to a man named Santhosh in December 2016, but she suddenly called off her wedding, citing that her fiance insulted her for her blindness and requested her to stop stage shows. She was praised for her decision in social media.[5]


She has voice but deprived of vision. It was only after her parents came to terms with her incurable blindness that they moved to Chennai. Here the young Viji grew up listening to Tamil movie songs by the likes of Ilayaraja and M S Viswanathan. She was spotted with the talent of catching a tune at the first hearing and reproducing it exactly in all its subtle nuances. Later, her parents bought classical music tapes of Yesudas, which Viji would listen to enthusiastically. In a matter of less than a year, she learned more than a 100 ragas and made her own compositions. Until then, she had no formal training in music.[6]

Music discipline insists on training from a knowledgeable teacher. But her effortless raga alapana and swara delineation surprised the most discerning of Vidwans. Her arangetram was conducted at the Chathamkudi temple in Vaikom. In 1987 she met her `manasaguru' Yesudas, who was unabashed by the child's `jnanam' in identifying the most complex ragas and her mastery in rendering ragas like `Todi' and `Bhairavi'. The following year Viji held a performance at the prestigious Shanmukhananda Hall in Mumbai. [7]

Viji, in the first 10 years, had performed at more than 400 stages in all the major `sabhas' in Chennai, Tanjore, Madurai, Coimbatore and other major cities of India. Meanwhile, another significant achievement was her mastery over a one-stringed instrument. The `gayatri tampuru', presented to her by a connoisseur, was electrified and modified by her father Muraleedharan. The kulapati of Carnatic violin Sri Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan was mesmerized by her veena recital and gave it the name `Gayatri Veena'. She has performed several concerts with the instrument. Since 1995, Viji has been playing it at the Chembai Sangeetotsavam at Guruvayoor. She played at the prestigious Soorya Festival in 2001. [8]

As temple performances are hardly rewarding financially, Viji has had to sing and play film tunes to keep her going. Today she has a repertoire of almost 300 ragas and double the number of compositions. Viji loves listening to concerts of MS, Madurai Seshagopalan, Balamuralikrishna and Maharajapuram Santhanam. Her favourite ragams are Hindolam, Shubha Panthuvarali, Sivaranjini, and Madhyamavati. Of late Viji has turned to Hindustani. [9]


Notable songs[edit]

Year Film Song Name Composer Language Co-Singer(s)
2013 Celluloid "Katte Katte" M. Jayachandran Malayalam G. Sreeram
2013 Nadan "Ottakku Padunna" Ousepachan Malayalam
2014 Rudhra "Shaaradhambaram" Ramesh Narayan Malayalam
2014 Ezhu desangalkum agalae "Enikum" Malayalam
2014 Polytechnic "Paatu petti" Gopi Sunder Malayalam
2014 Cuckoo "Kodayila" Santhosh Narayanan Tamil Kalyani Nair, Pradeep Kumar
2014 Yennamo Yedho "Pudhiya Ulagai" D. Imman Tamil
2014 Kaadu "Uchimalai Kaadu" Tamil
2014 Vellaikaara Durai "Kaaka muttai" D. Imman Tamil
2015 Kavathu "Melody" Sabesh Murali Tamil
2015 Idam Porul Eval "Endha Vazhi" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
2015 Romeo Juliet "Idharkkuthanae Aasaippattai" D. Imman Tamil
2015 Vizhithiru "Aazhi alai" Sathyan Mahalingam Tamil
2015 TP 51 "Malayalam song" Malayalam
2015 Oru Vadakkan Selfie "Kaikkottum Kandittilla " Shaan Rahman Malayalam
2015 Kanal "Killathe Chollamo" Ouseppachan Malayalam
2015 Masss "Piravi" Yuvan Shankar Raja Tamil
2015 Baahubali "Siva Sivaya Potri" M. M. Keeravani Telugu/Tamil/Malayalam
2015 Patharamattu (Mappilappattu Album) "Khalbil Vilayana" Pullankode Hamzakhan Malayalam G. Sreeram
2015 Utopiayile Rajavu "Uppinu Pona Vazhi Ethu" Ouseppachan Malayalam Jassie Gift, Rahul R Nath
2015 10 Endrathukulla "Pathu Endrathukulla (female version)" D. Imman Tamil
2015 Thinkal Muthal Velli Vare "Chakkinu Vechathu" Sanand George Malayalam
2015 Thinkal Muthal Velli Vare "Nataya Natinu" Sanand George Malayalam
2016 Theri "En Jeevan" G.V. Prakash Kumar Tamil Hariharan, Saindhavi
2016 Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran "Aaravalli" C. Sathya Tamil
2016 Veera Sivaji "Soppanasundari" D. Imman Tamil
2016 "Ammani" "Mazhai Ingillaiye"


2016 Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan "Parudeyam Mariyame" Bijibal Malayalam Rimi Tomy


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  2. ^ "Celluloid dreams". The Hindu. January 24, 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
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  4. ^ "She sings to conquer". The Hindu. May 27, 2002. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Vaikom Vijayalakshmi calls off wedding - ChennaiVision". ChennaiVision. 2017-02-27. Retrieved 2017-02-27. 
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  10. ^ "Prithviraj, Rima steal the show at State Film Awards". Times Of India. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Celluloid, Reema and Prithvi win the state awards". Indiaglitz. 
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