Malayalam is the local language of the South Indian State ‘Kerala’. Like Kerala’s beautiful landscapes, awesome greenery and lovely backwaters , Malayalam songs are also considered to be very pleasant and soothing. Malayalam songs have a very high influence of Carnatic music, but they still have their own uniqueness and flavor. The main pioneers of Malayalam music are Shadkala Govinda Marar, Swati Tirunal and Trayimman Thampi. Some of the main common instruments used in the classical music are Villu, Chenda, Talam,Kuzhal,Para and Veena. Kerala’s classical music is ‘Sopana’. The classical song is usually emotional and is played in slow tempo.
Composers like Illayraja and A R Rehman have contributed significantly to the Malayalam music. They also brought a lot more genres other than the classical music. They included the hip hop,rock,folk music and pop in their songs as film composers. A R Rehman also started the concept of fusion of western and Indian elements. This gave birth to a completely new era and new music.
Malayalam songs are mostly shot at lavish and pleasant locales, and they follow the trend of Indian cinema of dance and song sequence. Malayalam movies and songs are said to be intelligent and thought provoking.They have their own distinct feel as they deal with family and social issues.
Malayalam songs have an identity independent of the movies. This is proof enough that Malayalam songs are timeless because of their lyrical elegance and unrivalled compositional beauty.They have a fascinating feel to them and are very popular among people.Some of the other popular music celebrities are Alex Paul, Rahul Raj, Vidyasagar and Alphons Joseph, who contributed significantly to the mesmerizing experience of the music lovers.
Malayalam music has not lost its charm and has managed to keep its innocence and charm alive with its authentic touch.