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P. Jayachandran: The Legendary Bhavapurnima of Malayalam Film Music Celebrates 80th Birthday Amidst Health Concerns

Bhavapurnima P. of the Malayalam film music world. Today is Jayachandran’s 80th birthday. The fans are of the opinion that this voice is still young for this voice that gave birth to a handful of songs that brought Malayalams endless enjoyment. No celebrations this time due to health issues. Although his friends had planned celebratory events, the singer decided that the celebration is enough when he recovers his health and starts singing again. Although he is resting at his home in Thrissur, well wishes are coming in search of him. Jayachandran said that although I am saddened by the cancellation of my regular visit to Guruvayoor on my birthday, the biggest birthday gift I can give is the prayer to Guruvayoorappan.

P. Jayachandran alias Paliath Jayachandrakuttan was born in Ravipuram, Ernakulam district on March 3, 1944 to musician Tripunithura Ravivarma Kochanian Thampuran and Subhadrakkunjamma. Later the family moved to Iringalakuda in Thrissur. P. Jayachandran, who was interested in Kathakali, Mridangam Chendavayana, Pooram, Pathakam and Chakyarkooth, won many prizes for simple music and Mridangam playing at the school level.

His first teacher was KV Ramanathan, who was a music teacher at Iringalakuda National School when he was a student. In 1958, he won the first prize for Lalitha Sangeet and Mridangam at the Yuvajanotsavam. K.J. Yesudas, who later became a lyricist, became the first in classical music. As both of them excelled in the field of music, the picture of their performance at the Yuvajanotsava stage was much noticed later.After graduating from Iringalakuda Christ College in Zoology, he went to Madras with his elder brother.

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In 1965, he made his debut in the world of film songs by singing the song ‘Orumullapumalaan’ composed by P Bhaskaran in the film ‘Kunjalimaraikkar’ and composed by Chidambaranath. On the recommendation of director A Vincent who heard two songs sung by Jayachandran at a music festival held in Madras before the release of the film, Devarajan-P Bhaskaran’s song ‘Manjalayilmungithorthi’ was sung for the film ‘Kalithozhan’. With the release of this film in 1967, Jayachandran’s first hit song was born.


Jayachandran also got the epithet “Bhav Gayakan” for his beautiful singing style. “Drowning in yellow” “Like a love song..” _”_Again in Inaku ..” “Karimukil forest..” The songs became crucial in his career. He sang more than 15000 songs in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi languages.

He is a favorite singer of the new generation with songs like “Olanjalikuruvi” in 1983, “Sharadambaram” in Nin Moithin, “Nhaanoru Malayali” in Jileb and “Malarvaka Kompath” in the movie “Nukhu Samam”.

He won his first National Award for Best Singer for the song “Sivasankara Sarvasaranyavibho” composed by G. Devarajan in the film “Narayana Guru” directed by PA Bakker. P. Jayachandran received the Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer five times. In recognition of his contribution to Tamil film music in 1997. Awarded Kalaimamani Award by Tamil Nadu Govt.


Apart from music, Jayachandran is also present in film acting. P. Jayachandran has acted in films and music albums like Hariharan’s “Nakhakshatmanal”, O. Ramadas’s “Krishnaparunth” directed by VK Prakash, “Trivandrum Lodge”.

Wife Lalitha. Children Lakshmi and Dinanath are singers. Lakshmi has sung in music albums and Dinanath has sung playback in two Malayalam films. Permanent residence in Chennai with his family.


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  • First Published : March 3, 2024, 7:42 am IST

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