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P. Jayachandran
Genres Playback singing
Occupations Singer
Years active 1967–present
Website jayachandransite.com

P. Jayachandran is an Indian playback singer. He has won one National Award and several Kerala State Awards for the best playback singer. He has recorded songs in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi languages. Jayachandran is also affectionately called the Bhava Gayakan.

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Biography

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 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. The famous Malayalam film actor, Innocent Vincent, was his classmate during his school days. His family consists of mother, father, two sisters and two brothers. His father died in 1983 and mother died in 1991.

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 Light Music Singer as well as best Mridamgist award in the same year.

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. 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 Kumar, now known as A. R. Rahman.[1]

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.

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.

Jayachandran, for the first time, sang in Hindi in 2008, for the movie ADA...A Way of Life along with Alka Yagnik, music scored by A. R. Rahman.

Notable songs

Some of the hit songs sung by Jayachandran are:

  • Ambili Manavatti Azhakulla
  • Anuragaganam pole
  • Ashtapathiyile Gayike
  • Ashwathi Nakshthrame
  • Chala Kambolathil Vechu
  • Chandanathil Kadanjeduthoru
  • Chandrodayam kandu Kai Koopi
  • Chiththirai Nilavu
  • Ekantha Pathikan
  • Enmael Vizhuntha
  • Ente Achaninnale Vallaathorakkidi Patti
  • Ettumanurambalthil
  • Harasha Bashpam Thooki
  • Indumukhi Indhumukhi
  • Iniyum Puzhayozhukum
  • Innalle Punchavayal Koyitha
  • Ishta praneswari
  • Kallolini Vanakallolini
  • Kannil Kannil Nokkiyirunnal
  • Kar Megha Varnente Maril
  • Karimukil Kattile
  • karukaruthoru Pennanu
  • Kathalam kattu vali
  • Kathiruthu kathiruthu
  • Kattu Kurinji Poovum Choodi
  • Kattumuzhakkam Kizhakottu
  • Kevala Martya Bhasha
  • Kannathil Muthamittal
  • Madhuchandrikayude
  • Malayala Bhashathan
  • Mallika Banan Thante
  • Mallikapoovin Madhura
  • Manathukannigal Mayangum
  • Manithooval Chirakulla
  • Manjalayil Mungithorthi
  • Mayiline Kandorikkal
  • Milo Wahan Wahan (from movie ADA, Debut song in Hindi)
  • Nandyarvatta Poovu Chirichu
  • Neela Mala Pookuyile Nee
  • Nin Maniyarayile
  • Nunakkuzhi Kavilil
  • Omarkhayyam Varu Varu
  • Onnini sruthi thazthi
  • Orikkalomana
  • Orunullupushpamai eritheeyil
  • Palazhi Poomanke
  • Ponnin Kattayaanennaalum
  • Ponnushsil Upvanangal Poovidum
  • Poornendu Mukhiyodamplathil
  • Poovum Prasadavum
  • Punnellin Kathirolathumpathu
  • Ragam Sreeragam
  • Rajeeva Nayane
  • Rajyama Illai Emaiyama
  • Ramsanile Chandrikayo
  • Rasaathi Unne kanatha Nenjem
  • Sandhyakenthinu Sindhoorum
  • Saradhindu Malardeepa Nalam
  • Seethadevi Swayamvarm
  • Sindhoorachepputhatti marinju
  • Sollaamale Yaar Parthathu
  • Sougandhikangale Vidaruvin
  • Sreenagarathile
  • Suprabhatham
  • Swapanalekhe Ninte
  • Swarnagopura narthaki silpam
  • Thiruvabharanam Charthi
  • Thottene Njan Manassukondu
  • Upasana
  • Vinnilirunnurangunna
  • Vellithen Kinnam Pol
  • Yadukula Rathidevanevide

Malayalam Music Albums

Awards

National Film Awards:

Kerala State Film Awards:

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards:

Asianet Film Awards:

References

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