K. G. Jayan with his brother K. G. Vijayan
K. G. Jayan with his brother K. G. Vijayan
Background information
Birth nameJayan
Born(1934-11-21)21 November 1934
Kottayam, Kerala, India
GenresCarnatic Music
Years active1943–

K. G. Jayan (born 21 November 1934) is an Indian Carnatic musician,[1] who was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India in 2019.[2][3] He is known for devotional songs. Jayan has composed more than 1,000 songs and also has been music director for a few Tamil and Malayalam films. The popular actor Manoj K. Jayan is his younger son.[4]

Jayan and his twin brother K. G. Vijayan, with whom he formed the famous Jaya-Vijaya team, were born as the third and fourth sons of late Gopalan Thanthrikal and late Narayani Amma on 21 November 1934 at their home in Kottayam. They started to learn Carnatic music at a very young age, and had their arangettam at Kumaranalloor Devi Temple at the age of nine. Their first guru was one Raman Bhagavathar, and then they learnt from Mavelikkara Radhakrishna Iyer. They underwent Ganabhooshanam course at the famous Swathi Thirunal College of Music at Thiruvananthapuram after their schooling, and passed with distinction. Later, they had their advanced training from Carnatic giants like Alathur Brothers, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar and M. Balamuralikrishna. It was during their lessons under Chembai that they started composing and singing songs.

Awards and recognition

See also


  1. ^ Sathish, VM (22 November 2013). "80-year-old carnatic singer from Kerala enthralls Dubai audience". Emirates247.
  2. ^ "List of Padma Awardees 2019" (PDF). Padmaawards.gov.in. Government of India.
  3. ^ "Padma Bhushan for Mohanlal, Nambi Narayanan". The Hindu. 25 January 2019.
  4. ^ "From Nambi Narayanan to Mohanlal: Five Padma award nominees from Kerala". New Indian Express. 26 January 2019. Archived from the original on 26 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Classical Music". keralaculture.org.
  6. ^ "Creating better infrastructure is top priority: Sivakumar". The Hindu. 13 April 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2020.