Shyam
Birth nameSamuel Joseph
Also known asShyam
Born1937 (age 84–85)
OriginGuindy, Tamil Nadu, India
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Music director
InstrumentsHarmonium, Violin
Years active1963 – Present

Samuel Joseph, better known as Shyam (born 1937) is a Malayalam music composer from Tamil Nadu, India.

From the mid-1970s to the late 1980s, Shyam had a prolific run as a composer in the Malayalam film industry, composing for nearly 200 films. Working with all major directors of the time, Shyam had scored for many hits of Jayan and the early films of Mammootty and Mohanlal.[1]

Career beginnings

Shyam apprenticed under maestros M. S. Viswanathan and Salil Chowdhury,[2] the former renaming him 'Shyam'. He has been an assistant for various music directors including Salil Chowdhury, Rajan Nagendra, Satyam, S. Rajeswara Rao, Pendyala Nageswara Rao, AM Raja, TG Lingappa etc for several years before venturing as an independent music director. He has also worked as a lead violinist with famous composers like C. Ramachandra, V Dakshinamoorthi, Naushad, Madan Mohan, G. Devarajan, Bombay Ravi, RD Burman etc.

Along with his training in western violin he is also trained in carnatic classical violin under the baton of legendary classical violinist Lalgudi Jayaraman.

He debuted as an independent film composer in Malayalam cinema through the 1974 film, Manyasree Viswamithran[3] directed by actor Madhu. All the tracks from the movie including Kettille Kottayathoru became huge success.

Partial filmography

Malayalam
Tamil
Other languages

Hit Songs

Song Movie Year Singer Lyrics
Vaishaakha Sandhye ... Naadodikkaattu 1987 KJ Yesudas Yusufali Kecheri
Devathaaru Poothu ... Engane Nee Marakkum 1983 KJ Yesudas, P Susheela Chunakkara Ramankutty
Oru Madhurakkinaavin ... Kaanaamarayathu 1984 KJ Yesudas Bichu Thirumala
Poomaaname ... Nirakkoottu 1985 KS Chithra Poovachal Khader
Thozhuthu Madangum ... Aksharangal 1984 Unni Menon ONV Kurup
Olangal thalam thallumbol ... Kadathu 1981 Unni Menon Bichu Thirumala
Mainaakam Kadalil Ninnuyarunnuvo ... Thrishna 1981 S Janaki Bichu Thirumala
Kaattukurinjipoovu Radha Enna Penkutti 1979 P Jayachandran Devadas
Manje Vaa Madhuvidhu Vela ... Thushaaram 1981 KJ Yesudas, SP Balasubrahmanyam, Kousalya (Old) Yusufali Kecheri
Paavaada Venam Melaada Venam ... Angaadi 1980 KJ Yesudas Bichu Thirumala
Shyaamameghame Nee ... Adhipan 1989 KS Chithra Chunakkara Ramankutty
Shruthiyil Ninnuyarum Thrishna 1981 KJ Yesudas Bichu Thirumala
Kannaanthaliyum Anubandham 1985 KJ Yesudas Bichu Thirumala
Kannum Kannum Thammil Thammil ... Angaadi 1980 KJ Yesudas, S Janaki Bichu Thirumala
Hridayam kondezhuthunna ... Aksharathettu 1989 KJ Yesudas Sreekumaran Thampi
Ormmathan Vaasantha ... Daisy 1988 KJ Yesudas P Bhaskaran
Chinnukkutty Urangeele ... Oru Nokku Kaanan 1985 KS Chithra, Unni Menon Chunakkara Ramankutty
Raavil poonthen Naaduvaazhikal 1989 Unni Menon, Dinesh Shibu Chakravarthy
Mazhai Tharumo Endhan.. (Tamil) Manitharil Iththanai Nirangalaa? 1978 S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja Kannadasan

Awards

Kerala State Film Awards:

References

  1. ^ "Play it again, Shyam". The Hindu. 27 October 2003. Archived from the original on 17 January 2004. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  2. ^ "On a musical trip down memory lane". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  3. ^ Balasubramanian, V. (9 June 2016). "Of song and spirit". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 October 2020.