|Born||27th September, 1924|
|Died||15th March, 2006|
|Career||Music (1720 songs from 342 Movies), Background Music (13), Singing (8 songs from 5 Movies), Lyrics (1 songs from 1 Movies)|
|First Movie||Kaalam Maarunnu (1955)|
The place occupied by the music composer named G Devarajan in the history of Malayalam film music and his contribution to the same cannot be confined to a few words. A significant number of Malayalam film and drama songs, considered to be among the best, were his compositions.
G Devarajan, a.k.a Paravoor Govindan Devarajan, born on September 27, 1927, was the eldest son of Kochugovindanashan of Paravoor Kottappurathu Panakkadu in Kollam District and Kochukunju. His father who was a Mridhangam artist also happened to be his first Guru who initiated him into music. He carried forward with equal vigor, both his musical learning and academic education. Paravoor Kottapuram High School, SMV School in Trivandrum, University College and MG College were the institutions where he studied.
Devarajan who started doing music concerts at an early age composed music for the works of several renowned poets.
Kaalam Maarunnu (1955) was the first movie he composed music for. He went on to compose music for more than 350 films in Malayalam and Tamil.
His music was a melodious blend of the intricacies of the ragas of Carnatic music, the sweetness of Hindustani music, the freshness of folk music and the diversity of western music. While composing music, he paid great attention to the situation of the song and its lyrics and used the most apt tunes that would evoke the right emotions.
A prolific composer, Devarajan won the state award for best music composer in 1969, 1970, 1972, and 1985. He won the state award for the best background music in 1991. He has also been honoured with the JC Daniel Award for his lifetime achievements and contributions, Film Fans Award, Prem Nazir Award and the Pesum Padam Award among others.
Devarajan has also three books to his credit – Devageethikal, Sangeethashastrana Vasuda and Shadkalapallavi.
Malayalam’s favorite music composer breathed his last on March 14, 2006.
Prepared by: Remitha Satheesh