M Jayachandran won the award for the best singer in the Kerala State Awards for 2005 which was a bit surprising for M Jayachandran (not to be confused with P Jayachandran the singer) is best known as a music director. He had composed the songs for the film Nottam and sung the track for one of the songs. The director liked it and decided to retain M Jayachandran’s voice for the song Melle. Chitra won the award for the best female singer for the song Mayangi Poyi in NottamIn an interview he speaks about his influences.
“I gave my first vocal recital at the age of 9. My father has always had an abiding passion for Carnatic music, travelling distances just to listen to kutcheris of classical greats, taking me along. This treasure trove of listening experience made for the best lessons I learnt and still draw upon.”His early association with composer M. B. Srinivasan opened up new vistas. “He introduced me to Western classical music. For me, it was a voyage of discovery that broadened my horizons, yet brought me closer to my cultural ethos.” Hindustani music was another addiction. “A confluence of these diverse influences as well as my stint as an apprentice to music director G. Devarajan was later of invaluable help.” [ Catchy amalgam of styles]
When we see his name as the music director of the film, there is no guarantee about the quality of the songs. For example, we liked the songs Kandu Kandu and Kantha Njanum Veram from Mambazhakkalam, all the songs in Perumazhakkalam and Omane from Boyy Friend. Then we could not believe that it was the same person who composed songs for Lokanathan IAS and Sankar Dada. There is no consistency from him like Raveendran. Hopefully he will become selective and give us great music.