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heavenly tunes that have an emotional impact

A song marking the temple’s inauguration at 4 am will be played over the loudspeakers as we wait in the huge line for darshan at Sabarimala.

Devotees will be transported into a realm of holy pleasure by the song “Sreekovil Nada Thurnannu,” which announces the entrance of the sanctum sanctorum and fills the air with the singing of “Saranam Ayyappa.”

K G Jayan’s music has such a profound effect on people that it transports them to a heavenly realm and awakens their souls. Lord Guruvayoorappan’s devotional album “Mayilpeeli” is another example of Jayan’s musical genius. Even after thirty years, the songs penned by S Rameshan Nair, composed by Jaya-Vijaya, and performed by K J Yesudas continue to be the most well-known devotional music in Kerala. This album’s songs all arouse intense emotions and transport listeners to a state of spiritual rapture.

The maestro of heavenly melodies was K G Jayan. His Carnatic performances and spiritual works lifted the emotions and touched the thoughts with devotion.

It was in Sabarimala that I first met him decades ago. We became very close throughout the years, but I never had the chance to collaborate with him. He had a distinct compositional style that was straightforward yet full of classical elements. Through his songs, he has the unique capacity to connect with the public. My two favorite pieces he has written are “Nakshatra Deepangal Thilangi” and “Hridayam Devalayam.” When I last saw him a few months ago at Muthalamada Ashram, he was beaming. At ninety, to be happy is really a privilege. Even though he had certain health issues, he was a singer until recently. According to music composer and lyricist Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri, “After his brother’s death, he preferred to retain the identity of Jaya-Vijaya and recorded songs in two voices to keep his memory alive.”

According to music writer Ravi Menon, “Japan’s music carried a hallmark of simplicity and classical content.” “In the early 1970s, he created light music, comic songs, and Mappilapattu, which were popular at the time. In the 1970s, his song “Hippy, Hippy, Hippy” gained popularity. K G Sethunath wrote the song, and M G Radhakrishnan sang it. Despite the fact that he did not write many music for motion pictures, his works had a distinct style. Despite the non-release of the film “Theruvugeetham,” the song “Hridayam Devalayam” became an enormous success. Because of the extraordinary intensity and divinity in Jaya-Vijaya’s voice, her performances were unlike any other, he said.

a renowned songwriter who created songs that captured the attention of everyone

Following age-related illnesses, carnatic artist K G Jayan, who captivated music lovers with devotional tunes that touched souls, inspired a wide range of emotions, and brought people together across generations, died away at his Tripunithura home on Tuesday. He was eighty-nine. Manoj K Jayan, an actor, is his younger son. K G Jayan, a devout follower of Lord Ayyappa, began writing music alongside his brother K G Vijayan 60 years ago. The Jaya-Vijaya composing duo produced a number of heartfelt tunes that are still cherished by fans.

On November 21, 1934, Jayan was born in Kadamboothra Madom at Nattassery in Kottayam. His parents are Gopalan Thantri, a disciple of social reformer Sree Narayana Guru, and Narayani Amma. Jayan began studying carnatic music with Vijayan at the age of six, and at the age of ten, he made his debut (arangettam) at the Kumaranalloor Devi temple in Kottayam.

Following their performance of a devotional song at the Hindu Mandalam gathering in Kottayam, the brothers received advice to pursue a career in carnatic music from Mannathu Padmanabhan, the founder of the Nair Service Society. Jaya-Vijaya was inspired to study music by R Shankar, the former chief minister and head of SNDP Yogam.

Jayan and Vijayan soon enrolled in the Swathi Thirunal Sangeetha Academy, where they excelled in the ganabhooshanam course. They had the chance to play in Kowdiar Palace in front of Sri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, the Maharaja of Travancore. After that, the Maharaja gave them the chance to study music with the Alathur Brothers. Later, the pair studied carnatic music with legendary teachers like M. Balamuralikrishna and Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar. The Jaya-Vijaya team had a unique gift of infusing emotions into their songs, affecting people’s souls and evoking a heavenly atmosphere. Their music always had a classical influence. Jaya-Vijaya received a great deal of praise for the songs she wrote for Malayalam films, including “Dharma Sastha,” “Nirakudam,” “Sneham,” and “Theruvugeetham.” They also wrote music for the Tamil motion pictures Pappathi, Shamukhapriya, and Padapooja.

The songs they wrote for the devotional album “Thiruvabharanam,” such as “Vishnu Mayayil Piranna Viswa Rakshaka” and “Sreekovil Nada Thurannu,” are still very famous among followers of Lord Ayyappa, and the songs are still played at temples throughout the mandala season. Generations have been enthralled by their tunes, such as “Hridayam Devalayam” from “Theruvugeetham” and “Nakshatra Deepangal Thilangi” from the movie “Nirakudam.”

Following Vijayan’s passing in 1988, Jayan carried on writing devotional music and organizing events. He has performed annually at Sabarimala Sannidhanam and received several honors, including the Travancore Devaswom Board’s Harivarasanam award. The fourth-highest civilian honor in India, the Padma Shri, was given to him in 2019 after he was honored with the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi award in 1991. The late V K Sarojini was a school teacher and Jayan’s wife. Sons Manoj K. Jayan and Biju K. Jayan, as well as daughters-in-law Asha Manoj and Priya Biju, survive him. The Tripunithura Government Hospital Mortuary has the deceased remains. On Wednesday at 5 p.m., the funeral will take place in the Tripunithura cremation.

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