Paliyath Jayachandrakuttan is an Indian playback singer and actor from Kerala. He has worked with many composers including G. Devarajan, M. S. Baburaj, V. Dakshinamoorthy, K. Raghavan, M. K. Arjunan, M. S. Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraaja, Koti, Shyam, A. R. Rahman, M. M. Keeravani, Vidyasagar and M Jayachandran.[1] He has sung more than 10000 songs in total in different languages. He also acted in few films.

P. Jayachandran
Jayachandran performing at Kollam
Jayachandran performing at Kollam
Background information
Birth namePaliyath Jayachandrakuttan
Born (1944-03-03) 3 March 1944 (age 79)
Kochi, Kerala, India
GenresPlayback singing
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active1965–present
Websitewww.jayachandransite.com

In 1986, he won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer and also won Kerala State Film Award five times. In 2020, he was awarded the J. C. Daniel Award, the highest award in Malayalam cinema, for his outstanding contributions to Malayalam cinema. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest expression singer in South India.[2] He also won 2 Tamil Nadu state film awards .

Early life edit

Jayachandran was born in Bhadralayam at Ravipuram, Kochi on 3 March 1944 and his family later moved to Irinjalakuda.[3] He is the third of five children of the late Ravivarma Kochaniyan Thampuran, a member of Cochin royal family, who was himself a musician, though never a professional singer and the late Paliyath Subhadrakkunjamma, and also the second of their three sons.[4] His siblings (11lKrishnakumar (b. 1947) Jayanthi (b. 1949).

Jayachandran married Lalitha from Thrissur in May 1973. They have a daughter named Lakshmi and a son named Dinanath, who also sang for films.[5]

Career edit

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 evergreen 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 Thazhvara 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 2015 he received the next state award for his songs in Jilebi and Ennu ninte Moideen 46th Kerala State Film Awards.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.[6]

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.

Discography edit

Tamil Songs edit

Year Movie Song Composer
1973 Alaigal Ponnenna Poovenna M. S. Viswanathan
1974 Naan Avanillai Manthaara Malare M. S. Viswanathan
1976 Moondru Mudichu Vasanthakaala Nadhigalile M S Viswanathan
1978 Kizhake Pogum Rail Mancholai Kilithano Ilaiyaraaja
Kaatrile Varum Geetham Chithirai Sevvanam Ilayaraja
Oru Vaanavil Ilayaraja
Aarilirundhu Aruvathu Varai Vaazhkaiye Vesham Ilayaraja
1980 Oru Thalai Ragam Kadavul Vaazhum kovilile T.Rajendar
1981 Kadal Meengal Thaalattuthey Vaanam Ilaiyaraaja
Antha 7 Naatkal Kavithai Arangerum Neram M. S. Viswanathan
Thendraladhu Unnidathil
Rail Payanangalil Vasantha Kaalangal T.Rajendar
1983 Soorakkottai singakutti Kaalidasan Kannadasan Ilaiyaraaja
1984 Azhagu Mounamulla Mayakkam G. K. Venkatesh
Pudhumai Penn Kadhal Mayakkam Ilayaraja
1985 Pagal Nilavu Pooviley Medai Ilaiyaraaja
Pillai Nila Raja Magal Roja Malar Ilaiyaraaja
Naane Raja Naane Mandhiri Mayanginen Solla Thayanginen Ilaiyaraaja
Naane Raja Naane Mandhiri Dhegam Siragadikkum Ilayaraja
Vaidehi Kathirunthal Kaathirundhu Kaathirundhu Ilayaraja
Vaidehi Kaathirundhal Rasathi Unna Ilayaraja
Vaidehi Kathirunthal Indraiku Yen Indha Aanandame Ilaiyaraja
1986 Samsaram Adhu Minsaram Azhagiya Anni Shankar–Ganesh
Amman Kovil Kizhakale Poova Eduthu Oru Maala Ilaiyaraaja
Kadalora Kavithaigal Kodiyile Malliyappoo Ilaiyaraaja
Manakanakku En Manakoottu,
Chinna Chinna
Manja Poosi
Maavaduva
M. S. Viswanathan
1987 Poo Poova Poothirukku Poo Pootha Chediya Kaanom T.Rajendar
Chinna Poove Mella Pesu Chinna Poove Mella Pesu S. A. Rajkumar
1988 Senthoora Poove Sothanai Theeravilla Manoj–Gyan
Manasukkul Mathappu Poonthendrale Nee S. A. Rajkumar
Solla Thudikuthu Manasu Enathu Vizhi Ilaiyaraaja
Oorai Therinjukitten Thalattuven Kanmani Gangai Amaran
1989 En Purushanthaan Enakku Mattumthaan Pullai Kooda Paada Ilaiyaraaja
En Purushanthaan Enakku Mattumthaan Poomudithu Ilayaraja
Rajanadai Kasthoori Maankutty M. S. Viswanathan
1990 Inaindha Kaigal "Andhinera Thendral" Gyan Varma
Pachai Kodi "Ennavadhu Indha" Gangai Amaran
Pudhu Padagan "Vaaraayo Vanna Kili" Kalaipuli S Thanu
Pudhu Pudhu Ragangal "Thirunaal Vanthathuda" S. A. Rajkumar
Urudhi Mozhi "Adhikaalai Nilave" Ilayaraja
1991 Archana IAS "Naalu Vaarthai" S. A. Rajkumar
1992 Deiva Vaakku "Oorellam Saamiyaga" Ilaiyaraaja
Ellaichami "Umai Kuyil Onnu" S. A. Rajkumar
Idhuthanda Sattam "Azhagana Poonthottam" S. P. Venkatesh
Pondatti Rajyam "Uchimara Pachakiliye" Deva
Ponnuketha Purushan "Devathai Vanthaal" Ilaiyaraja
Solaiyamma "Merku Thodarchi"(Male) Deva
1993 Kizhakku Cheemayile Kattazham Kattuvazhi A. R. Rahman
1994 Kadhalan Kollaiyele Thennai Vaithu A. R. Rahman
Atha Maga Rathiname Alli Alli Thandha Nila Gangai Amaran
Vandicholai Chinraasu Chitthirai Nilavu A. R. Rahman
May Madham Enmel Vizhunda A. R. Rahman
Thai Maaman Aazha Samuthiram Deva
1995 Pasumpon Adi Aathi Vidyasagar
1996 Poove Unakkaga Sollamale Yaar Parthathu S. A. Rajkumar
1998 Aval Varuvala Idhu Kaadhalin S. A. Rajkumar
Nilaave Vaa Kadalamma Vidyasagar
2002 Kannathil Muthamittal Kannathil Muthamittal A. R. Rahman
Sundhara Travels Malliga Poovukku Bharani
Sundhara Travels Nee Santhanam Poosiya Bharani
Baba Rajyama Illai Imayama A. R. Rahman
2003 Chokka Thangam Vellaiyay Manam Deva
2004 Engal Anna Konji Konji Pesum Deva
2005 Meesai Madhavan Kabuliwala Bharani
Vetrivel Sakthivel En Chella Kannamma Srikanth Deva
2007 Kreedam Kanavellam G. V. Prakashkumar
2018 Amutha Kannaadi Maalai Arun Gopan
2020 Vanmurai chinna poove Sunny Viswanath

Tamil Christian Devotional Songs edit

Malayalam edit

Kannada songs edit

  • "Hindusthanvu endu mareyada" - Amrutha Ghalige
  • "Olavina Udugore Kodalenu" – Olavina Udugore
  • "Mandara Pushpavu Neenu" - Ranganayaki
  • "Chanda Chanda" - Maanasa Sarovara
  • "Jeevana Sanjeevana" - Hanthakana Sanchu
  • "Kamala Nayana Kamala Vadhana" – Bhaktha Prahladha
  • " Bhoomi Thayane nee ista kane(Praya Praya Praya)
  • " Kannada Naadina Karavali (Masanada Hoovu)
  • " Kalgejje Thalake (Muniyana Madari)
  • " Kala mattomme Namagagi (Kiladigalu)
  • " Alukade Balukutha (Kiladigalu)
  • " Savira Hoogalali (Suvarna Sethuve)
  • " Uyyale Adona Banniro(DHarani Mandala Madhyadolage)
  • " Uppina Saagaraku (Masanada Hoovu)
  • " Sridevi Madhavi Kannota Beda(Ganeshana Madhuve)
  • " Premada Shruthi Meetide(Ganeshana Maduve)
  • " Manasu Kaleyithu (Raithana Makkalu)

Malayalam music albums edit

  • Pranayamarmaram – 2009.

Hindi songs edit

  • "Milo Wahan Wahan (from movie ADA, Debut song in Hindi)

Telugu Discography edit

Year Film Song Composer
1982 Evaru Veeru Evaru Veeru "Idhi Maatalu Raani Vela" Ramesh Naidu
"Kalavu Vache Vela Ani"
"Ippude Thelisindhi"
O aadadhi O Magaadu "O Magadu O Aadadhi" M. S. Viswanathan
1983 Subha Muhurtham "Nee Choopu" Chakravarthy
1984 Ooha Sundari "Adharam Entha Madhuram"
Swathi "Chamanthi Poola Mokka"
"Pagalantha Gaganaaniki"
1985 Ee Tharam Illalu "Raagam Madhuram" Ilaiyaraaja
1987 Thalli Godavari "Rathiri Sagam Ayyevela" Ramesh Naidu
1989 Two Town Rowdy "Vaddhura Niddhara" Raj–Koti
1994 Vanitha "Ye Thalli Kannadani" A. R. Rahman
Premikudu "Muttukunte Kandipoye"
1995 Errodu "Yedari Seemalalo" Vandemataram Srinivas
1996 Gunshot "Pichi Gaali Vachi Paddadhi" S. V. Krishna Reddy
"Yedho Mamatha"
Nalla Poosalu "Dandgaa Maraka Mundhe" Vandemataram Srinivas
1997 Osi Naa Maradhala "Aha Emi Thaluku" M. M. Keeravani
1998 Suryavamsam "Rojave Chinni"(Male) S. A. Rajkumar
Suswagatham "Happy Happy"
1999 Alludugaaru Vachcharu "Chali Chalani" M. M. Keeravani
2000 Nuvve Kavali "Anaganaga Aakasam" Koti
Sri Srimati Satyabhama "Neeli Neeli Meghala" S. V. Krishna Reddy
2001 Prema Sandadi "Karanamagri Pakkintiloni" Koti
2002 Baba "Rajyama Sanyasama" A. R. Rahman
Neetho "Dil Dil Dil" Vidhya Sagar
Neetho Cheppalani "Ammaye Orakanta" Koti
Vooru Manadhira "Naa Chelli Chandramma"

Filmography as actor edit

.Nakashatangal- As Neighbour- Directed by Hariharan[7]

.Travandrum Lodge -As Narayanan Nair- Directed by VK Prakash[8]

Awards edit

National Film Awards
  • 1986 – Best Male Play Back Singer for the Malayalam film Sree Narayana Guru
  • Special national film award jury mention in 1972 for "Suprabhatham" song from Pani theeratha veedu (best feature film in malayalam award won)
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
  • 2020 – J. C. Daniel Award for his outstanding contributions to Malayalam cinema[2]
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Asianet Film Awards
Other awards

References edit

  1. ^ a b Pradeep, K. (4 June 2011). "Evergreen voice". The Hindu.
  2. ^ a b "J.C. Daniel Award for P. Jayachandran". The Hindu. 13 December 2021.
  3. ^ "ഗായക് കലാകാര്‍ ജയചന്ദ്രന്‍ , Interview - Mathrubhumi Movies". Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  4. ^ "family". www.jayachandransite.com. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Frames".
  6. ^ "First song of the legendary composer A.R.Rahman". 29 November 2007.
  7. ^ See photos and other info about the cast on Google https://g.co/kgs/qoAhdz[bare URL]
  8. ^ "trivandrum lodge malayalam movie cast - Google Search". www.google.com. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Swaralaya Kairali Yesudas Award". thiraseela.com. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Third Harivarasanam Award for Jayachandran". The New Indian Express. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2020.

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