Shyam, also known as Samuel Joseph, is a Malayalam music composer from Tamil Nadu, India. Shyam had a successful career as a film composer in the Malayalam cinema industry from the mid-1970s to the late 1980s, scoring almost 200 films. Shyam had worked with a wide range of directors, scoring for numerous hits by Jayan and the early films of Mammootty and Mohanlal.
He was born on March 19, 1937 (84 years old) in Tamil Nadu, India. He began his career as a music student of maestros M. S. Viswanathan and Salil Chowdhury, who renamed him “Shyam.”
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He has worked with a number of music directors, including- Salil Chowdhury, Rajan Nagendra, Satyam, S. Rajeswara Rao, Pendyala Nageswara Rao, AM Raja, TG Lingappa etc for several years before venturing as an independent music director. He has performed with renowned composers such as C. Ramachandra, V Dakshinamoorthi, Naushad, Madan Mohan, G. Devarajan, Bombay Ravi, RD Burman etc.
He received additional training in western violin before studying carnatic classical violin under the baton of renowned classic violinist Lalgudi Jayaraman.
He debuted in Malayalam cinema as an independent composer with the 1974 film Manyasree Viswamithran, directed by actor Madhu. All of the music from the movie, including Kettille Kottayathoru, became huge hits.
He has given his music in numerous Malayalam films, including – Manyasree Viswamithran (1974), Saritha (1977), Kalliyankattu Neeli (1979), Thrishna(1981), Enthino Pookunna Pookkal (1982), Mazhu (1982), Engane Nee Marakkum (1983), Kanamarayathu (1984), Nirakkoottu (1985), Gandhinagar 2nd Street (1986), Aavanazhi (1986), Malarum Kiliyum (1986), New Delhi (1987), Oru CBI Diary Kurippu (1988), Daisy (1988), Moonnam Mura (1988), Jagratha (1989), Kottayam Kunjachan (1990), Randam Varavu (1990), Arhatha (1990), Inspector Balram (1991), Sethurama Iyer CBI (2004), Nerariyan CBI (2005).
He has composed music in numerous Tamil films – Thevaigal, Ithu Kathai Alla, Kunguma Kolangal, Akkaraiku Vaaringala, Idhayam Pesugirathu, Kaladi Osai, Nalam Nalamariya Aaval, Santhosha Kanavugal, Antha Vaanam Saatchi, Sariyana Jodi, Oonjal, Nee Sirithaal Naan Sirippen, Velaikkari Vijaya, iniyavale vaa, Kanneril Ezhuthathe, Paasam oru Vesam, Kuyile Kuyile.
The most well-known songs of all time are – Mainaakam Kadalil Ninnuyarunnuvo …, Kaattukurinjipoovu, Shyaamameghame Nee, Kannaanthaliyum, Kannum Kannum Thammil Thammil, Hridayam kondezhuthunna, Ormmathan Vaasantha, Chinnukkutty Urangeele, Raavil poonthen, Mazhai Tharumo Endhan, more