Renowned Carnatic Musician KG Jayan Passes Away at 89

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KG Jayan, a renowned Carnatic musician and Padma Shri awardee hailing from Kerala, passed away at 89 in Ernakulam district.

An Overview of the News

  • Born on November 21, 1934, in Kottayam, Kerala, he commenced his Carnatic music journey at the age of 9, mentored by eminent figures like the Alathur Brothers and Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar.

Musical Career:

  • Formed the renowned duo "Jaya-Vijaya" along with his brother, K.G. Vijayan.

  • Composed over 1,000 songs and contributed music to Tamil and Malayalam films.

  • Known for their devotional songs dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, including "Sreekovil Nadathurannu" and "Hariharasuthane".

Notable Works:

  • Compositions such as "Ayyanu Thunayay", "Mamala Vaazhum", and "Sreekovil Nada Thurannu" are timeless.

  • Their music featured in popular films like "Bhoomiyile", "Malakhamar", and "Sneham".


  • In 2013, I.K.G. Jayan received the Harivarasanam Award, a joint recognition by the Kerala Government and the Travancore Devaswom Board.

  • In 1991, he was bestowed with the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award, an annual honor conferred by the Kerala Government.

  • Recognized for his contributions to the arts, K.G. Jayan was awarded the Padma Shri in 2019, India's fourth highest civilian honor.

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