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Jayan and Vijayan born on 6th December 1934 in a rustic locale in Kottayam district, Kerala as the first of twin offspring of late Sri. Gopalan Thanthri and Narayani Amma.
K.G. Jayan entered into the realm of music at the age of 6 accompanied by Vijayan, his twin brother. Both of them started learning music under the tutelage of Sri Raman Bhagavathar and later on under Sri Mavelikkara Radhakrishna Iyer.
He has sung over 1000 songs devoted to Lord Ayyappa. The powerful songs still inspire millions of Ayyappa devotees around the world. K.G. Jayan used to render concert every year without any break on the Sabarimala Vilakku day for over the past 50 years. He has accompanied the procession of Divine Ornamental Costumes of Lord Ayyappa for over 45 years and sung on the vision of the Holy Light ( Makara Jyothi). As a divine ordainment K.G. Jayan taught many of the musical luminaries such as Dr. K.J. Yesudas, P. Jayachandran the ragas and rhythms of Ayyappa Devotional songs.