Malayalam songs belong to state of kerala, in the southern part of the country. Like kerala’s magnificent landscapes, picturesque beauty and tempting backwaters, Malayalam songs are also equally beautiful and soothing.
Though, Malayalam music is slightly influenced from carnatic music yet it has its own flavor and uniqueness. Kerala’s classical music is ‘Sopana’. These classical songs often have emotional theme which is played using slow tempo. Classical music was always patronized in ancient kerala. Main propagators of Malayalam music were Swati Thirunal, Shadkala Govinda Marar and Irayimman Thampy. Tampi, Thankachi and K.C. Kesava Pillai were other renowned figures in last century. The most common instruments used in classical music are, chenda, villu, para, kinnam, talam, kudam, chengala, kuzhal and veena to name a few.
Apart from classical music, other popular genres include, film songs, pop, rock, hip-hop, folk music etc. Composers like Illayaraja and A R Rehman have contributed significantly in the development of Malayalam music. They have also introduced the concept of fusion music which involves mixing classical and western elements.
Other popular music celebrities include, Alex Paul, Rahul Raj, Shankar Raja, Vidyasagar, Alphonse, Bijibal, George Peter, Vishwajith and M. Jayachandran, Jayachandran, Pradip Somasundaran, Mano, S Janaki, Madhu Balakrishnan and KJ Yesudas etc.
Directory of Malayalam Music, songs, mp3 downloads.
These are sites & cultural music resources which offer free Malayalam songs, new releases, free Malayalam mp3, movie songs, cultural folk songs, tribal music, Malayalam music downloads online, lyrics databases etc. Some music sites offer them free while some may charge a small fee to register to download their songs or mp3s. Always read their terms & conditions. Feel free to suggest us good, clean song & legal music resources.
1)http://www.kerala.gov.in – Learn about Malayalam folk music and songs of Kerala. From the official Government website.
2)vismayam – Offers a collection of Malayalam songs. Include Old Malayalam Songs, Classical, Drama, Karaoke, Devotional songs, Folks Songs etc.
3)kjyesudas.com – Provides Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu new and old songs collections.