P. Jayachandran is an Indian playback singer. He has won national and state awards for the best playback singer. He has recorded songs in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu languages. Jayachandran is also affectionately called the Bhava Gayakan.
Jayachandran was born in 'Bhadralayam', Ravipuram, Ernakulam, and later his family moved to Irinjalakkuda. His father Ravivarma Kochaniyan Thampuran of the Cochin Royal Family was a learned musician, though not a professional singer. His mother Subhadra Kunjamma was also a great music lover who encouraged Jayachandran to learn the notes of Mridangam at a very young age and with her support he could attain dexterity with the Mridangam. He began to sing devotional songs in churches at the age of 8. The famous Malayalam film actor, Innocent Vincent, was his classmate during his school days. His family consists of mother, father, two sisters and two brothers. His father died in 1983 and mother died in 1991.
Jayachandran graduated from Christ College, Irinjalakuda. He was a student of the Irinjalakuda National School from where he received many prestigious prizes for playing the Mridangam and light music in the State School Youth Festival Jayachandran met Yesudas in 1958 when he participated in the state youth festival. Yesudas won the Best Classical Singer award and Jayachandran got the best Light Music Singer as well as best Mridamgist award in the same year.
Jayachandran got his first state award in 1972 for the song Neelagiriyude ('Suprabhaatham')... for the film Panitheeratha Veedu. Its music was done by M. S. Viswanathan. The year 1978 brought him another state award. The song was Ragam Sreeragam for the film Bandhanam and the music director was M. B. Sreenivasan. He received a prestigious national award in 1985 for Sivasankara Sarva Saranya Vibho..., a Gurusthuthi song for the film Sree Narayana Guru. The song Prayam Nammil.. from the film Niram brought him a third state award in 1998. He sang in 1975 for the Malayalam movie Penpada Velli then Kinnam Pol, regarded as the first composition of 9 year old Dileep Kumar, now known as A. R. Rahman.
He got the first Asianet award and the Arabian award for the same song in the same year. Its music was done by Sree Vidyasagar. In 1994, he received the Tamil Nadu state Government award for the best singer for the song , Kathazham Kattuvazhi... for the film KizhakkuCheemayile. A. R. Rahman composed the music. As a recognition for his contribution to Tamil film music, he was honoured with the Kalaimamani award of the Tamil Nadu Government.
Jayachandran was honoured with the Swaralaya Kairali Yesudas award at the beginning of 2001, which he was the first person to receive. The motive behind this award is to choose the best from the singers and lyricists within a span of 30 years. He has sung nearly 1000 songs for Malayalam movies over the years according to the MSI information database.
Jayachandran, for the first time, sang in Hindi in 2008, for the movie ADA...A Way of Life along with Alka Yagnik, music scored by A. R. Rahman.
National Film Award as the Best Male Singer in 1986 for the song Shivashankara Sharva Sharanyavibho in the film Sree Narayana Guru
Kerala State Awards:
Kerala State Award as the Best Male Singer in 1972 for the song Suprabhatham in the film Pani Theeratha Veedu
Kerala State Award as the Best Male Singer in 1978 for the song Ragam Sreeragam in the film Bandhanam
Kerala State Award as the Best Male Singer in 2000 for the song Prayam Nammil in the film Niram
Kerala State Award as the Best Male Singer in 2004 for the song Neeyoru Puzhayaay in the film Thilakkam
Tamil Nadu State Award:
Tamil Nadu State Award as the Best Male Singer in 1994 for the song Kattazham Kattuvazhi in the film Kizhakku Cheemayile
Kalai Maamani award by Tamil Nadu Government in 1997 for 30 Years in Tamil Film Music