Bijibal Maniyil, credited on screen mononymously as Bijibal, is a prolific Indian composer of Malayalam language films and television commercials and occasional playback singer. He has composed for close to 150 feature films.
|Birth name||Bijibal Maniyil|
|Born||21 May 1974|
|Genres||Film score, Film songs, world music, Dance music, Classical music|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, Playback singer, Keyboardist|
|Instruments||Musical keyboard, Violin|
|Associated acts||Kochi Music Foundation|
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Bijibal who had composed for several independent albums, television commercials, corporate films and documentaries before, entered the film industry as a composer in 2007, at the age of 33 with the film Arabikatha written by Sreenivasan and directed by Lal Jose.
In 2013, won the National Film Award for Best Background Score for the film Kaliyachan. He also won the Kerala State Film Award for the same score. He has also composed for several non-film Malayalam albums including the one named Vasco Da Gama. He has also often composed for short films besides directing the short titled Sundari and also composing its score. He has also composed for hundreds of television commercials for several top brands in Kerala.
He has been a prolific composer for more than a decade having been part of acclaimed hits like Arabikatha, Pathemari, Loudspeaker , Munnariyippu, '101 Chodyangal, Vellimoonga, Maheshinte Prathikaaram, Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum,Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 and Carbon among others.
Bijibal started composing during his college days at St. Albert's College, Ernakulam. He was married to Santhi, who was a dancer by profession. Their marriage was held on 21 June 2002, after a brief relationship and long before Bijibal even entered the film industry. They have two children, Devadutt and Daya. Santhi, who was a post graduate in Bharatanatyam and was doing her research in Mohiniyattam died after a stroke on 29 August 2017, aged just 36. Their children Devadutt and Daya sang for films, and Daya is more popular for singing and appearing in the video of Onam Vannallo, a rhyme made as a part of the Onam festival in 2014.