Jasim Jamal’s is by now a familiar face to viewers of popular music reality shows on television. Many of us would have rooted for him during the Super Voice music talent hunt that aired on Asianet last year. The grand finale of the show held in November at Abu Dhabi saw his emerge as the undisputed winner. The show followed a format of ‘26 days, 10 voices’ where ten highly talented singers competed through different musical genres to identify the most mesmerizing voice. Ask Jasim about the experience and he candidly tells us that it all started out in April as a way for him to spend the holidays in Ernakulam, where the auditions to the show were being held. The period from April to November went on to be a learning experience for him and has helped him improve greatly as an artist.
Hailing from Edavilangu village in Thrissur district of Kerala, Jasim is currently pursuing his graduation in Physics at MES Asmabi College in Kodungalloor. He tells us that he chose the Physics stream with the long-term goal of understanding the nuances of sound engineering and staying within the music domain. It is truly heartening to hear the vision that he has for his life through academics and art. Jasim’s journey with music began at the young age of 11 when he started his Carnatic music lessons under the tutelage of Shri Sopanam Unnikrishnan. He continued his lessons for four years after which focus on studies led him to take a break. After completing his 12th grade and following exposure to varied genres in music, he is currently learning Hindustani music under renowned musician Ustad Fayaz Khan. He stills continues Carnatic music training, though not as regularly as he would have liked to. In Carnatic music, his emotional connect has always been with ragas like Thodi and Shubhapanduvarali. “I have felt that Hindustani and Ghazals are genres that suit my voice texture. But I have always been an ardent fan of old melodies in Malayalam, especially the evergreen gems from Baburajan master.” Among playback singers, his favorites include K J Yesudas and Hariharan for their versatility and sheer genius.
He vividly remembers his first stage performance at the age of six where he bagged the first prize for a song that his sister had taught him.But he could not go on to the next levels of the competition because the age bar was eight years! Little did he know that this was just the first of many performances and accolades in his life. His family recognized his innate talent for music and encouraged him to take up music lessons and pursue his talent. Jasim’s father Jamal, mother Saudabi, his grandmother and sisters Jasmine and Jaseela have been constant sources of inspiration to him. “My family is the sole reason I got into music. They insisted that I continue my classes even if there were times when my interest waned” he says.
Jasim was one of the finalists for the Indian Voice Junior reality show on Mazhavil Manorama channel around 4 years back. He secured the third position among the contestants. He was also declared the winner during the All Kerala Fest conducted by Sangam Kala Group, Delhi. He went on to participate in their All India Fest which hosted the music icon Sonu Nigam. Jasim was first runner up in this as well. His achievements do not end there. Closer to home, he has had the great fortune of performing alongside luminaries in music like Vaikkom Vijayalakshmi and P Jayachandran.
Today, he enjoys a life full of music and songs. Joining college meant that he now has chances to be part of exciting events like the College D-Zone Festivals. These in addition to the stage performances that he continues to give are all opportunities that he is eager to take up.
Team Salabhanjika wishes him all the very best in this exciting phase of his musical career.