Cinema

Straight from the heart

M. Jayachandran.  

M. Jayachandran had to get over a personal tragedy while he was composing music for the tragic love story Ennu Ninte Moideen. He was left shattered by the demise of his father and that sorrow, he says, found an outlet in the song ‘Kaathirunnu kaathirunnu…..’ The track has now won him the National Film Award for Best Music Direction, a first for the veteran Malayalam music director and singer.

“Ultimate bliss and ecstasy.” That was his first comment when we finally manage to get through to him. He is in Chennai, where he was recording a song. “The award is for an honest and dedicated effort. I would like to share this award with Rafeeq (lyricist Rafeeq Ahamed) and Shreya (Shreya Ghosal who sung the melody),” says Jayachandran, who has won six Kerala State Film Award for best music director and one for best playback singer.

Talking about his special connect with song, the composer says: “The song was churned out of my heart. I want to express my gratitude to Raju (actor Prithviraj) who asked me to compose the song, director, R. S. Vimal and the producers of the movie,” he says.

A classically-trained musician, Jayachandran debuted as a composer in 1993 with the movie Chantha and got his big break with the song ‘Manikkuyile’ in Vaalkkannadi. The composer has not looked back since then and he has scored music for over 100 films in Malayalam. The tracks from Gourisankaram, Perumazhakkalam, Kathavasheshan, Nivedyam, Madambi, Karayilekku Oru Kadal Dooram and Celluloid won him his state film awards.

“For me, music is God and each song I make is an offering at the temple of music. This award is for all Malayalis who love my music and for the Malayalam film industry that has helped me evolve as a musician,” he says as signs off.

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