Bala Bhaskar

Other names of Bala Bhaskar: Balabhaskar, Balabhaskar Chandran

Bala Bhaskar Chandran was a great Music Director of Mollywood. He gave his music in many Malayalam movies. Bala was born on 10 July 1978. He was an Indian Musician, Singer, Violinist, Composer and record producer. He is best known for bringing fusion music in South India. Bala originally belongs to Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. His father’s name is C.K. Unni who was a postmaster and Santhakumari; Sanskrit lecturer of Sree Swathi Thrirunal College of Music. Bala married his girlfriend Lakshmi on 20 December in year 200. Bala had one daughter born on 21 April 2016 and her name is Thejaswini Bala.

He lost his daughter on 25 September 2018 when his family met an accident in Pallipuram, near Thiruvananthapuram. Bala comes from a family of musicians; therefore, he was introduced to instrumental music just at the age of three by his uncle B. Sasikumar who is a laureate in Carnatic Music. Bala made music as his profession simply at the age of 12. He is known as the youngest music composer as he made his debut as music director by composing the soundtrack for a Malayalam Film named as MANGALYA PALLAKKU in the year 1998 at just the age of 17. Bala won many awards in his life one of them was Bismillah Khan Yuva Sangeetkar Puraskaar in 2018 by Kendra Sangeet Natak Academy for Instrumental music through Violin.

His compositions for some albums like Ninakaai and Aadyamai are remembered as most romantic song collection. Bala was versed in Carnatic music. He is famous for his stage performances. In all his concerts, he never left without mesmerizing the audience with his music and performance. Bala had worked with various famous musicians and instrumentalists including Ustad Zakhir Hussain, Louis Banks Born in Darjeeling, West Bengal, on February 11, 1 >> Read More... , Vikku Vinayakram, Hariharan, Mathannoor Sankarankutty, Ranjit Barot RanjitBarot  is a  Film Score Composer as well a a >> Read More... , Fazal Qureshi, and many others. He not only performed in India but also in abroad. He came up on the stage with his Uncle B. Sarikumar who was also his Guru, as violin duo in Carnatic concerts.

Balabhaskar made his debut in instrumental fusion through album named Let It B in the year 2011. In his this album, he worked with various renowned musicians including Sivamani, Louis Banks, Fazal Qureshi, Gino banks, and Sheldon D’Silva. This album is a fusion of many types of music. Let It B included rock, jazz, hip-hop and techno music spun around his Indian violin. This album is composed of Sanskrit lyrics; hence; it was an effort to promote Sanskrit language through it. Let It B was produced under the banner of MC Audios and Videos. His project named Bhajati of the year 2011 is marked by audio traces. Through this project, he brought a collection of Soothing Carnatic Keertanas in his style by blending it with International flavors.

He was the part of many films, movies, television series and albums in Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Sanskrit languages. He worked in many albums. His albums are- Khwabo Ke Parinde in 2016, it was part of a Hindi-musical album- The Big Band, Ambulance, Zahir, Bhajati, Let It B, Pattinde Palazhi, Moksham, Heart Beats, Mazhayilaro, Panchajanyam, Vasantha Gaathangal, Korappan the great, Kannadikkadavathu, Thakadhimitha, Adyamai, No tension Pleeze, Balyasmruthikalay Onam, Ninakkayi, Neeyariyan, and Mangalya Pallakku. For his contributions in Malayalam Music Industry, he received many awards.

Balabhaskar got many injuries in a car accident on 24 September 2018; he also lost his daughter in this accident. After lots of treatment and two surgeries when his condition was improving, He lost his life on 28 October 2018 due to cardiac arrest at a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. The legendary musician died at just the age of 40, but he will always stay alive in our hearts. "

Samuel Joseph Malayalam Actor

Samuel Joseph

Legends are not born daily but March 19, 1937, was one such day when a man who changed the fortunes of music in the Malayali film industry. This man was none other than legendary music director Shyam. Shyam was born in Chennai, but his parents, Mary and Thankaraj Joseph named him Samuel Joseph. Both his parents were teachers and music lovers. Shyam himself admitted that it was his father who bought him his first musical instrument, violin. Dhanraj Master was the one who trained him in violin during his initial learning days. Shyam was good in studies. He is a graduate and even started pursuing law. But he had to drop out as many new assignments came in his way and his schedule became hectic. He also went on to work for Larsen and Turbo, but it was his destiny that landed him in the film industry. Initially, his father was reluctant as he wanted to see his son doing a permanent job, marry and settle but it was another South Indian legend, MSV who convinced Shyam's father and help Shyam make his own identity. It was MSV only who gave name Shyam to Samuel Joseph as he faced difficulty in pronouncing it. The first-ever public appearance that Shyam made was in the play 'Kal Ki bat.' MB Shrenivasan composed the music of this play, and Shyam played violin in this play. That was just the beginning and his helped Shyam to get in touch of big names of Malayali film industry like C Ramachandra, Salil Chowdhury, Madan Mohan, R D Burman, M S Viswanathan-Ramamurthy duo and many more. Shyam's idol is none other than twenty Grammy awards and, four-time Oscar award winner, Henry Mancini. Shyam himself confessed that it was in 'Hatari' that he first heard Mancini and instantly became his fan. It was his passion that Shyam wrote letters to him and even used to get replies to all his letters. A career that spanned over thirty years, Shyam has worked with almost all the leading directors of industry and gave music in more than 200 movies. In an interview, he said that it was his misfortune that he couldn't work with Vayalar Rama Varma. They both were planning to join hands soon for a film but before that only Vayalar Rama headed for the almighty. Shyam now resides in Chennai and taught in an institute founded by him, Geetanjali Institute of Music and Fine Arts. He wants his students to learn Carnatic music which is missing in them. He still plays his first instrument violin in his free time and feels lucky to have lived a life which he could have never dreamt off.

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