G. Devarajan was a successful and highly respected South Indian music director. His full name was Paravoor Govindan Devarajan and was also called Devarajan master. He was one of the most successful Malayalam music songsmiths. He was born in the year 1927, at Paravur near the Kollam district of Kerala. Later on, he graduated in music and performed his first classical gig at the young age of 18. Soon, he became inclined towards the famous Communist ideology and decided to join the movement. He went on to join KPAC and put his musical talent for a better purpose. He gained exposure for one of his drama song which was written by one of his friend's and was composed and crooned by Devarajan himself. In his entire career span, he went on to give music to a whopping number of 350 Malayalam flicks. He has also rendered melodies to Tamil and Kannada movies and also to various plays and dramas. One of his most famous work was for the Tamil movie 'AnnaiVelankann', which went on to earn him laurels and accolades. He made his film debut in the year 1995, with 'KaalamMaarunnu' for which he composed music. He also collaborated with prominent poet-songwriter VayalarRamavarma for the film Chathurangam in the year 1959. HIs work with Vayalar gave the Malayalam film industry many golden tunes. His third film and second with Vayalar- 'Bharya' went on to become a huge success and shaped them as a hit duo. He was like a godfather figure to the famous singers of that period. Through his work, he left an unforgettable impression on the Malayalam drama scene, and he was very influential and had extensive knowledge about classical music, for the very same reason he was highly respected by all the artists of that period. He was also regarded as one of the pioneers of film music in the South Indian film industry after the super hit song "MalayalaBaashathan" for the film 'PrethangaludeThaazhvazha' in the year 1973. Devarajan used to include the maximum number of ragas in the Malayalam movie music and his work used to have influences of Carnatic and Hindustani music. He had also composed spiritual songs which went on to become evergreen classics. He was an atheist. He was the recipient of many famous awards like the Kerala State Govt.'s Best Music award which he won over five times. He also released a book which includes all of his compositions. He died at the age of 81 due to a cardiac arrest at his Chennai residence on 5th March 2006.

Jerry Amaldev

Jerry Amaldev’s real name is Jerome Thomas Veleeparambil. He is a music director in the Indian film industry who works majorly in the Malayalam films. He was born on 15 April 1939 and belongs to Cochin which is in Kerala, India. His father was V. C. Joseph and mother were Mary Joseph. He completed his schooling from St. Albert’s High School and the bachelor degree in Philosophy from Papal Athenaeum in Pune. He got married to a woman named Jolly Jerry Amaldev who unfortunately died due to cancer in the year 2008. They had three daughters named Meera, Sangeeta, and Dahlia. He worked as an assistant with Naushad who is a famous music director. He took training in the field of North Indian Vocal Music from Vishnu Digambar Sangeet Vidyalaya in Pune under the music teacher named Madhusudan Patwardhan. He made his debut into the Malayalam film industry in 1980 through the film titled “ManjilVirinjaPookkal” which was directed by Fazil. For his work as a music director in this picture, he got awarded with the Kerala State Award. After his successful debut, he started getting many offers, and he later worked in more than 75 movies. He composed more than 300 songs in the South films. He also worked in some Bollywood films. After a few years of working in the Malayalam film industry, he suddenly disappeared. His last Malayalam film in which he composed the music was “No. 1 Snehatheeram Bangalore North.” Later it was known that he quit the Malayalam film industry and had started working in the American International School, Chennai where he taught music to the students. He also taught this subject along with music composition for films and TV serials at Choice School in Cochin. After that, he started working as a professor of the subject “History of Music & Conducting” at Asian Christian College of Music in Kottayam. He again entered into the film industry with his comeback film “Action Hero Birju,” directed by Abrid Shine which released in 2016. He was honored with the award for the Best Music Director twice. Once for the film “ManjilVirinjaPookkal” in 1980 and secondly for “Aparahnam” in 1990. He also won the Kerala State Film Award in the category of Best Background Music in 1995 for the film “Kazhakam.” His songs are always loved by the audience of all age groups, and they are simple and evergreen.

Jerry Amaldev Malayalam Actor