Music director Johnson passes away

Hundreds of songs composed by Johnson have been known for their emotional intensity and mellifluous touch. Apart from film songs, he had also composed scores of devotional songs, especially Christian devotionals.

Johnson had twice won the national award and the Kerala Government's best music director award five times.

He also made a mark in background music in films and won the national award for the film 'Ponthanmada' in that category.

Known as Johnson Master in South Indian film circles, he composed his most popular songs since early 2000 for films like 'Gulmohar' and 'Mazhavilkavadi'. His other notable scores were for the hits 'Minaminiginte Korunuvattom' and 'Kireedom.'

Johnson started his career with Bharathan's 'Aravam' in 1978. Till then he had worked with most of the leading film directors, lyricists, signers and artistes. He also excelled in handling instruments like guitar, drums and accordian.

Members of the film fraternity, including singers and fellow composers, expressed profound grief at his unexpected demise.

 Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy expressed shock and sorrow at the passing away of the music director.

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