• M Jayachandran

M Jayachandran

Welcome to the Official Website of M Jayachandran.

Learn to imbibe music with him, walk with him his bygone days, and share his dreams for a melodic future.

This website is dedicated to the Evergreen Memory of his Mother, his Greatest Inspiration.

Fruition of thoughts

Music is a great pacifier…

“We are living at a time when music, more often than not, has come to be identified as mere generation of sound.  Sadly, at times, it even attains the level of noise.  But our masters have always stressed only on one aspect – music! And when we talk about music in films, I get seriously concerned and can’t help asking myself – Will we lose music? For me, music has always remained as a tool for pacification.  And I believe that almighty is the greatest messiah of pacification. God is music.  And like God, music too pacifies and keeps you absolutely at peace.”

Every generation is ‘new’

“Every genre of music and musicians has introduced a fresh breath of air into the world of film-based music.  And, I don’t really agree with the tag ‘new generation’.  Devarajan-master was responsible for creating a new wave.  In that sense, he too belonged to a ‘new’ generation and so are most others like him.”

Attitude Matters..

“Be it music or any other pursuits, whatever we do, success knocks at your door only when you crave for something with a clear cut attitude.  And you have to prove your mettle through a style of your own.  Here’s when attitude matters.”

Lessons learnt from masters

“I was fortunate enough to learn the nuances of music composing from maestros like Devarajan-Master and MBS-Master.  It was from them that I learnt to breath, live and meditate music.  Devarajan-Master taught me how to lend music to a song without hurting the language. Srinivasan-Master trained me how to orchestrate a song sensitively and sensibly.  Both my Gurus were two different schools, two distinctive dimensions.”

Criticism inspires me

“Success is always followed by some measure of criticism. And interestingly, I sum up inspiration from criticism.  And, I am of the conviction that it’s the presence of God that makes a song more musical.”

Nurtured and Inspired by

Words make you think a thought…music makes you feel a feeling…A song makes you feel a thought..!

-- E Y Harburg --

About MJ

M. Jayachandran, an admirer of the serene world of music, a vivid musician who has been diverting his fans for the past two decade, nothing but a boon to the Malayalam music industry.

Music was never a way of living for him; it was a divine power that motivated him. Malayalam film industry and its audience are indeed blessed with his brilliant compositions. He has been substantially influencing the film industry with his innovative and creative compositions. His innate ability to coalesce has made his work renowned among people from all walks of life. He is the best critic for his music, and his compositions are meliorated by the mere fact that he deeply enjoys the intricacies and tranquillity of music. The singer in him is as celebrated by his fans as the music director.

Personal Life



M Jayachandran, born in the year 1971 to Mr. Madhusoodhanan Nair and Mrs. Sukumari, spent most of the early years of his childhood in Cochin. Though he later moved to Trivandrum, he still merrily calls himself a “Kochikkaran”. It was his father who introduced him to the world of music, and his brother Prakash Chandran became his ardent supporter, philosopher and guide. It was the dream of his family to make him a renowned musician.  He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from College of Engineering, Trivandrum. M. Jayachandran got married to Priya on 12th November, 1995. They have two sons, Nandagopal and Karthik Gopal.


“Amma – My Greatest Inspiration”

Competitions are for horses, not for artists


I love music because it is the only thing that hasn`t walked away from me when I needed it the most

-- Anonymous --

Musical Life


M. Jayachandran started getting trained in classical music at the tender age of five. He was trained by prominent musicians of all times, Mullamodu  Baagavathar Shri Attingal Hariharaiyyar, Neyyattinkara M K Mohanachandran and Perumbaavoor G Raveendranadh. He was also associated with late M.B.Sreenivasan and Devarajan Master, the legends of music.


Even as a student he used to mesmerise his audience by his hold on music. He bagged numerous awards for the very same reason, and had been the winner of Carnatic music competition in the Kerala University Youth Festival consecutively from 1987 to 1990.

He made his debut in Malayalam film industry as a Singer in the movie Vasudha(1992) directed by V.V. Babu. He continued serving the industry as Devarajan master’s assistant and excelled under his guidance. The movie Chantha (1995), directed by Sunil was a major milestone in M. Jayachandran’s career. That was his debut as an independent music director. And the rest is history.

MJ with MBS


Jayachandran was part of many international Carnatic concerts, and has a huge fan following from many major cities across the Globe. He conducted an orchestra of 3000 classical musicians including M S Gopalakrishnan, Umayalpuram Shivaraman, Ravikiran, Kadri Gopalnath, M Chandrasekharan, T N Shashagopalan, T V Gopalakishnan and others as part of Anandolthsavam by Sri Sri Ravishankar that was held in Bangalore in 2005.

Jayachandran has guided many aspiring musicians by being the judge for many popular music reality shows like Superstar and Superstar Global in Amrita and Star Singer in Asianet.

The next major venture in M.Jayachandran’s career would be an Indo-Arab collage of orchestra, by which he plans to take his music International. He is also planning to write down the theory of structured melody to inspire and aid academicians and musicians.


MJ’s Idols

Without craftmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind


A Glance into statistics

Songs Sung
Independant Albums

A creative artiste works on his next composition because he was not satisfied with his previous one



Honorary Award
  • 2012 – Swaralaya Yesudas Award


Kerala State Film Awards
  • 2003 – Best Music Director – Gourisankaram
  • 2004 – Best Music Director – Perumazhakkalam and Kathavasheshan
  • 2005 – Best Play Back Singer – Nottam (Melle Melle)
  • 2007 – Best Music Director – Nivedyam
  • 2008 – Best Music Director – Madambi
  • 2010 – Best Music Director – Karayilekku Oru Kadal Dooram
  • 2012 – Best Music Director – Celluloid


Asianet Film Awards
  • 2003 – Best Music Director Award Gourishangaram
  • 2004 – Best Male Playback – Perumazhakkalam
  • 2004 – Best Music Director Award – Mambazhakalam
  • 2007 – Best Music Director Award – Nivedyam
  • 2011 – Best Music Director Award – Pranayam


Filmfare South Awards
  • 2004 – Best Music Director – Malayalam – Perumazhakkalam
  • 2011 – Best Music Director – Malayalam – Pranayam




Works of art makes rules; rules do not make works of art

-- Claude Debussy --

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Unveiling the oeuvre

When we separate music from life, we get art.



Glimpses of MJ's Musical Life, made eternal by the media. A humble collection of the news archives, which illustrates a maestro's stepping stones to success.

News reports about MJ

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Awards and Recognitions

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