P. Jayachandran

Paliyath Jayachandrakuttan, popularly known as P. Jayachandran, is an Indian playback singer and classical musician from Kerala. Jayachandran is best known for his captivating voice which gave him the title Bhava Gayakan by the music fraternity of South India.

P. Jayachandran
P Jayachandran performing at Devarajan Master Death Anniversary Concert
P Jayachandran performing at Devarajan Master Death Anniversary Concert
Background information
Birth namePaliyath Jayachandrakuttan
Also known asBhava Gayakan
Born (1944-03-03) 3 March 1944 (age 76)
Kochi, Kerala, India
GenresPlayback singing
Years active1965–present

Early lifeEdit

Jayachandran was born in Bhadralayam at Ravipuram, Kochi on 3 March 1944 and his family later moved to Irinjalakkuda.[1] He is the third of five children of Ravivarma Kochaniyan Thampuran and Paliyath Subhadrakkunjamma.[2]

Jayachandran married Lalitha from Thrissur in May 1973. They have a daughter named Lakshmi and a son named Dinanath, who also sang for films.[3]


Jayachandran graduated from Christ College, Irinjalakuda. He was a student of the National High School, Irinjalakuda from where he received many 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 mridamgist award in the same year.

Jayachandran has won one National Award, five Kerala State Awards and four Tamil Nadu State Awards. He has recorded songs in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi.

In 1967, he sang the song "Anuragaganam pole", composed by M.S. Baburaj, for the film Udhyogastha, directed by P. Venu. Later together, P. Venu and Jayachandran produced more hits like "Ninmaniarayile" (C.I.D. Nazir, 1971) and "Malayala Bashathan" (Prethangalude Thaazhvazha, 1973). Jayachandran received the Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer 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 Kerala State award, this time for the song "Ragam Sreeragam" from the film Bandhanam, composed by M. B. Sreenivasan. In 1985 he received the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song "Sivasankara Sarva Saranya Vibho" from the film Sree Narayana Guru, composed by G. Devarajan . The song "Prayam Nammil", from the film Niram, brought him a third Kerala state award in 1998. In 1975, he sang for the Malayalam movie Penpada (with music by R. K. Shekhar) a song called "Velli then Kinnam Pol", regarded as the first composition of the then 9-year-old Dileep Shekhar, now more widely known as A. R. Rahman.[4]

Jayachandran worked in close collaboration with the composer Ilayaraja, producing numerous popular hits in the Tamil language, including "Raasaathi Unna", "Kaathirundhu Kaathirundhu" (both from the 1984 release Vaidhegi kaathirundhaal), "Mayanginen Solla Thayanginen" (from the 1985 release Naaney raaja naaney mandhiri), "Vaalkaiye Vesham" (from the 1979 release Aarilirundhu Arubathu Varai), "Poova Eduthu Oru" (from the 1986 release Amman Kovil Kizhakaaley) and "Thaalaattudhey Vaanam" (from the 1981 release Kadal Meengal). In 1994, he received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Singer for the song "Kathazham Kattuvazhi" for the film Kizhakku Cheemayile, composed by A. R. Rahman. As a recognition for his contribution to Tamil film music, he was honoured with the 1997 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 sang in Hindi for the first time in 2008 for the movie ADA...A Way of Life along with Alka Yagnik, with music scored by A. R. Rahman.

Tamil SongsEdit

Other Language SongsEdit

Malayalam music albumsEdit


National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
  • 1972 – Best Male Play Back Singer for the song "Suprabhatham" in the film Pani Theeratha Veedu
  • 1978 – Best Male Play Back Singer for the song "Ragam Sreeragam" in the film Bandhanam
  • 1999 – Best Male Play Back Singer for the song "Prayam Nammil" in the film Niram
  • 2004 – Best Male Play Back Singer for the song "Neeyoru Puzhayaay" in the film Thilakkam
  • 2015 – Best Male Play Back Singer for the songs "Njaan Oru Malayali", "Malarvaka Kombathu", "Sharadambaram" in the films Jilebi, Ennum Eppozhum, Ennu Ninte Moideen
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Asianet Film Awards
Kerala Film Critics Association
Mazhavil Mango Music awards
  • 2017 - Best Singer - Podimeesha –Pa.Va

Telugu DiscographyEdit

Year Film Song Composer Co-Singer
1994 Vanitha "Ye Thalli Kannadani" A. R. Rahman
1995 Premikudu "Muttukunte Kandipoye" A. R. Rahman
1998 Suryavamsam "Rojave Chinni"(Male Version ll) S. A. Rajkumar
Suswagatham "Happy Happy" S. A. Rajkumar Mano
1999 Alludugaaru Vachcharu "Chali Chalani" M. M. Keeravani K. S. Chithra
2000 Nuvve Kavali "Anaganaga Aakasham" Koti K. S. Chithra
Sri Srimati Satyabhama "Neeli Neeli Meghala" S. V. Krishna Reddy K. S. Chithra
2002 Baba "Rajyama Sanyasama" A. R. Rahman
Neetho "Dil Dil Dil" Vidhya Sagar Karthik

Kannada DiscographyEdit

"Kamala nayana": Bhakta Prahlada (1983 film)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "family". www.jayachandransite.com. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  3. ^ http://www.jayachandransite.com/html/famfra.html
  4. ^ "First song of the legendary composer A.R.Rahman".

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