Revisiting Johnson Master’s Personal Favorites from his Compositions

Johnson - Music Director

One year since his passing, though corny as it may sound, he just doesn’t seem to have gone away anywhere, really. Everytime you listen to one his melodies, it just feels as if he is around, at work some where in Chennai or Kerala, hunched over the Harmonium or purposefully coaxing out sonic structures out of his guitar for another memorable production. Was going through the microsite Manorama Online had hosted last year ( and seems to be holding out, thankfully) and saw this list of songs he had listed as his personal favorites out of his compositions from over 300 films. The interview that bore that list has long disappeared from their online archives, and I thought, what better way than sharing the ones here, more like a playlist that is so quintessential Johnson !

There isn’t much to be spoken about on these. Click play, lean back, close your eyes and let go.

Premageethangal ( 1981 )

Song : Nee Nirayoo
Lyrics : Devdas
Sung by : KJ Yesudas

Premageethangal ( 1981 )

Song : Swapnam Verumoru
Lyrics : Devdas
Sung by : KJ Yesudas & S Janaki

Ithu Njangalude Katha ( 1982 )

Song : Swarnamukile
Lyrics : P Bhaskaran
Sung by : S Janaki

Koodevide ( 1983 )

Song : Aadi Vaa Kaatte
Lyrics : ONV Kurup
Sung by : S Janaki

Kattathe Kilikkoodu  ( 1983 )

Song : Gopike
Lyrics : Kavalam Narayana Panicker
Sung by : S Janaki

Njan Gandharvan ( 1983 )

Song : Devankanangal
Lyrics : Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri
Sung by : KJ Yesudas

Ente Upasana ( 1984 )

Song : Sundaripoovinu
Lyrics : Poovachal Khader
Sung by : S Janaki

Oru Minnaminunginte Nurungu Vettam  ( 1987 )

Song : Poo Venam
Lyrics : ONV Kurup
Sung by : KJ Yesudas & Lathika

Oru Minnaminunginte Nurungu Vettam  ( 1987 )

Song : Melle Melle
Lyrics : ONV Kurup
Sung by : KJ Yesudas

Mazhavilkavadi ( 1987 )

Song : Thankathoni
Lyrics : Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri
Sung by : KS Chitra

Artham ( 1989 )

Song : Shyamambaram
Lyrics : Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri
Sung by : KJ Yesudas

Photographer ( 2006 )

Song : Enthe Kannanu
Lyrics : Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri
Sung by : KJ Yesudas

Gulmohar ( 2008 )

Song : Oru Naal
Lyrics : ONV Kurup
Sung by : VijayYesudas, Swetha

Let this be your playlist for today.

Related : Johnson Master | Malayalam Cinema’s Magic Fingers.
Related : Johnson Master’s 3-part Interview from Amrita TV

2 thoughts on “Revisiting Johnson Master’s Personal Favorites from his Compositions

  1. Dear Viju
    Dont you find that the song Mazha Kondu Maatram mulakkunna vithukal resembles to the song ente man veenayil? I fully agree with you. Such a nice composition. If you go on writing about this prolific composer you go on and on. He is a person who knows how to place notes eloquently and also a master in BGM score. The songs of Jhonson are fresh having a malayalee fragrance which is difficult to decipher in the post Devarajan era. Thanks for bringing the song ente man veenayil here.

    B Sajith

  2. What a timely post CM…. Have been listening to quite a few Johnson Melodies…. felt a lump in my throat all the while…. what a talent….This is another song that I have been listening to….. what a song!!!

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