Film composer John P Varkey, the man who brought rock bands to Kerala, dies at 52

By Express press service

THRISSUR: Music composer John P Varkey collapsed and died at his residence in Mullakkara on Monday. His funeral will be held at the Church of the Infant Jesus in Mullakkara, Thrissur, on Wednesday at 11.30am.

Varkey, who completed his guitar training at Trinity College of Music in London, was 52.

Over his decades-long career, Varkey has composed over 50 songs in Malayalam films.

He pioneered the introduction of a rock bank in Kerala. His group Puzzle served as the basis for the creation of Avianbecame popular across the country.

Neithukkaran, Kammatipadam, Eeda, Olipporu and Unnam are some of the notable films for which Varkey composed the music.

He also composed the music for the Hindi film Frozen released in 2007 and starring Danny Denzongpa.

Eeda, based on Romeo and Juliet and starring Shane Nigam and Nimisha Sajayan, a film released in 2018, was the last film he composed music for.

He is survived by his wife Baby John and his sons Job and Joseph John.

THRISSUR: Music composer John P Varkey collapsed and died at his residence in Mullakkara on Monday. His funeral will be held at the Church of the Infant Jesus in Mullakkara, Thrissur, on Wednesday at 11.30am. Varkey, who completed his guitar training at Trinity College of Music in London, was 52. Over his decades-long career, Varkey has composed over 50 songs in Malayalam films. He pioneered the introduction of a rock bank in Kerala. His band Jigsaw Puzzle was the basis for the creation of Avial, which became popular nationwide. Neithukkaran, Kammattipadam, Eeda, Olipporu and Unnam are some of the notable films for which Varkey composed the music. He also composed the music for the Hindi film Frozen released in 2007 and starring Danny Denzongpa. Eeda, based on Romeo and Juliet and starring Shane Nigam and Nimisha Sajayan, a film released in 2018, was the last film he composed music for. RIP brother. we will miss you and your music. John P Varkey. thread of four videos I made of John live. There are of course many high quality, professionally made videos online, but these are special to me. pic.twitter.com/eByiMTtGIP — kadalōn (@kadaloan1010) August 30, 2022 He is survived by his wife Baby John and sons Job and Joseph John.

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