The Alpha Foundation, in association with the Kairaly Samajam of Hyderabad, is organising the ICFAI Kerala Nite, on 8th September, at the Rail Kalarang auditorium. The event will feature noted Malayali playback singer P Jayachandran singing some of his movie hit numbers.
P Jayachandran is a popular playback singer of Kerala, right up there after K J Yesudas. While ruling the South-Indian music world for more than 40 years, especially Kerala, Jayachandran has carved his own niche and has recorded around 15,000 songs in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu.
Jayachandran was born in a family of musicians, with his father Thripunithura Ravivarma Kochaniyan Thampuran being a learned musician, though not a professional singer. His mother Subhadra Kunjamma was also a great music lover who encouraged Jayachandran to learn music. His elder brother Sudhakaran, a close friend of Yesudas, and himself a good singer, was instrumental in helping Jayachandran become a professional singer. Jayachandran used to sing the songs taught by his brother in school functions.
Jayachandran got his first state award in 1972 for the song Suprabhatham in Panitheeratha Veedu composed by M S Vishwanathan. In 1978, he got another state award for the song Ragam Sreeragam in Bandhanam. He was the recipient of the national award in the year 1985, and the Tamil Nadu State Government Award in 1994.
In recognition of his services to the Tamil music world, he was honored with the Kalaimamani award by the Tamil Nadu Government. In 1998, he received the state award, the Asianet Award and the Gulf Award. In 2001, he was selected for the Most Valuable Singer award in Malayalam films by Swaralaya Kairali Yesudas Awards.
The Alpha Foundation, a registered charitable trust established by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI), has been working for the upliftment of the under-privileged population, especially children, in urban slums and rural areas through a holistic approach combining quality English medium education, nutrition, healthcare services, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, vocational training and employment opportunities.
The foundation also provides an opportunity to performing artists to showcase their talents in classical/folk music and dance through the ICFAI Music and Dance Festivals. The Foundation has plans to provide such opportunities at district, block and village levels too to revive the dying arts of India.
The entry is by tickets of Rs. 125 / Rs. 300 / Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 per head. Please contact Prakash K Rath at 99480-85054 or Praveen Kumar at 99121-11205 for further details.