Birth and Parentage
Born on 6th December 1934 in a rustic locale in Kottayam district, Kerala as the first of twin offspring of late Sri. Gopalan Thanthri and Narayani Amma.
K.G. Jayan entered into the realm of music at the age of 6 accompanied by Vijayan, his twin brother. Both of them started learning music under the tutelage of Sri Raman Bhagavathar and later on under Sri Mavelikkara Radhakrishna Iyer.
Joined the prestigious Swathithirunal Music Academy from where acquired 4 year Diploma entitled Gana Bhooshanam with first class.
Impressed with a mellifluous concert at the palace, Sree Chithira Balarama Varma Maharaja bestowed K.G. Jayan with royal gifts and sponsored him for further studies under Alathur Brothers in Tiruchirappally. K.G. Jayan spent an year with them and cleansed up his musical faculty.
MEETING THE GRAND GURU
Padmabhushan Dr. Balamuralikrishna
K.G. Jayan happened to meet Padmabhushan Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna during a torrential rain of music at Vaikkom Mahadevar temple. It was Mavelikkara Krishnankutty Nair who was playing Mridangam that day introduced Jayavijaya to the grand musical maestro as promising Karnatic vocalists. K.G. Jayan along with K.G. Vijayan took up Gurukula vasa, the ancient Indian style of learning at the mentor`s abode , for six years. K.G. Jayan served as music teacher in a government school in Kerala. But because of his irrepressible love for music he left the job and joined with the Master in the divine journey of music. He was also actively involved in the research on Music Therapy headed by the Master.
SOUTH INDIAN ORATORIO
While learning under Dr. Balamuralikrishna, K.G. Jayan was introduced to HMV Recording company and thus became actively involved in directing devotional music. He also rendered oratorio direction for films.
DISCIPLE OF THE LEGENDARY GREAT GRAND MAESTRO
Padma Vibhushan Sri Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar
K.G. Jayan`s musical faculty reached at its zenith of perfection while he was a disciple of Padma Vibhushan Sri. Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar. K.G. Jayan became a disciple in 1964 and pracised Carnatic music for ten years under Gurukul style. He performed concerts all over India with his great guru Sri.Chembai.
THE MUSICAL EFFLUENCE
career in film music direction
The musical career especially in the film world was in full swing during this period and K.G. Jayan accomplished musical direction for about thirty Malayalam and Tamil film songs.
THE CHENNAI AFFINITY
Chennai opened new vistas for Jayavijaya. apart from singing with their guru they got ample opportunity to listen to some of the greatest names in the field of music. For about 9 years they were with Chembai, singing with him, meeting some of the music greats and all the time gaining innumerable experience. In between, Jayan tried a hand at composing music. He recorded a few songs for HMV before he ventured into film music.HMV produced his Classical LP Album accompanied by maestro Mrudanga Vidwan Palakkattu Mani Iyer, Dr.L Subramaniam in violin and E. M. Subramaniam in Ghatam. HMV also produced his Carnati musi album with the famous Thakil Vidwan Valamkaiman Shanmukha Sundaram Pillai.
K.G. Jayan made the debut in the Malayalam film Bhoomiyile Maalaakha ( 1968) produced by Thomas Pictures. He went on composing `songs in Malayalam. Also composed music for a few Tamil films like Shanmuhapriya, Padapooja and Pappathi. He composed music for over 30 films in toto. Jayavijaya`s cevotional song Ishtadaivame Swamee saranamyappa was sung by P.Leela. It went on to become popular all over India. K.G. Jayan rendered music diretion to Dr. K. J. Yesudas, S. P . Balasubramaniam, Dr. Balamuralikrishna, P. Jayachandran, T.M. Soundararajan, S, Janaki, P. Susheela, Chithra, Sujatha, Venugopal, Unnikrishnan, Radhika Thilak and Madhu Balakrishnan.
IN THE OCEAN OF MUSIC
THE OCEAN OF DEVOTION
LORD AYYAPPA- the Dharma Sastha is his presiding deity. He has sung over 1000 songs devoted to Lord Ayyappa. The powerful songs still inspire millions of Ayyappa devotees around the world . K.G. Jayan used to render concert every year without any break on the Sabarimala Vilakku day for over the past 50 years. He has accompanied the procession of Divine Ornamental Costumes of Lord Ayyappa for over 45 years and sung on the vision of the Holy Light ( Makara Jyothi). As a divine ordainment K.G. Jayan taught many of the musical luminaries such as Dr. K.J. Yesudas, P. Jayachandran the ragas and rhythms of Ayyappa Devotional songs.
CHEMBAI SANGEETHOTSAVAM, GURUVAYOOR
K.G. Jayan has sung with Chembai for eight years in concerts on the auspicious occasion of ekadesiAt Guruvayur Temple. And later became one of the main organisers and singers of the annual Music Festival named after Chembai.
MUSICAL BIOGRAPHY OF CHEMBAI
K.G. Jayan wrote a musical biography of his great grand guru Padmavibhooshan Chembai jointly by his brother late Sri K.G.Vijayan entitled Chembai: Sangeethavum Jeevithavum
CREATIVE RESEARCH IN RAGAS
Kalarathnam K.G. Jayan has been delving deep in the ocean of Carnatic music in search and research for the past many decades. His subject of research is to find out the limit of avoiding swaeas in creating new ragas without affecting the character of Carnatic music.
Wife : Sarojini
Sons: Biju K. Jayan , Manoj K. Jayan (South Indian Actor and Singer)