Baiju Dharmajan is an Indian producer, guitarist, music composer, and guitar tutor. He was born to Thankamani and Dharmajan in Vypin Islands, Cochin, India. His father played Hawaiian guitar, and his grandfather was a musician in Carnatic. They used to play Hindi, Tamil, and Malayalam film music, and ghazals of
at their home. It inspired him, and he started to develop an acute interest in vocal sound from a very tender age. In fact, at the tender age of five, he began to perform as a guitarist with Yesudas. But his professional career emerged at the age of twenty. He flag-shipped his career with the Carnatic violin but then veered towards playing guitar. In 1990's he became the part of groups like Instinct, Aatma, and Wrenz.
It was during his stint with them when he had a chance encounter with John, a member of Motherjane. He needed a lead guitarist and invited to audition for it. They selected him, and he continued to play with them for almost ten years. During this time, they released albums named Insane Biography and Maktub in the year 2003 and 2008 respectively. All their concerts during this period were sold out. In 2010, he separated from Motherjane and decided to focus on solo projects. Under Cochym, a record label, he released The Crossover. He helped Kaav, another band based in Kochi, to produce an EP. He sang the patriotic songs Vande Mataram, Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, and Jana Gana Mana in a rock style.
He also collaborated with Karsh Kale, a percussionist and a music composer, and Harigovindan, a drum teacher and created a song named Sacred Science for The Dewarists, a TV series. Digitech pedals, Laney Amplification, Gibson Guitars, and Blade Guitars have been his endorsers. He also conducted a workshop in Kolkata with Andy James, an English shred-king. In 2014, Songdew published his solo Moham. He has won the Jack Daniel's Rock Awards thrice for his compositions. By his admission, he admires the work of Illayaraja, R.D. Burman, Raveendran, Naushad, and Devarajan. His favorite artists are Guthrie Govan,
, Mattias Eklund, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Brian May, Reb Beach, and Steve Vai. Since there are very few successful music bands in India, Baiju enjoys an enormous fan-following among the Indians. In fact, his fans call him God of Strings.