Thiruvananthapuram, (Kerala): Eminent lyricist-poet Poovachal Khader died due to COVID-19 complications here on Tuesday. Khadar, who was 73, had written some of the evergreen romantic songs and melodies in Malayalam Cinema during the late 1970s and 80s.
Family sources informed that the veteran lyricist was undergoing treatment for Covid-19 and severe pneumonia at the Government Medical College hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. He died following a cardiac arrest.
Born in Poovachal in Thiruvananthapuram in 1948, Khader had worked as an engineer in the government service before becoming a part of Mollywood. He made his debut as a lyricist in the Malayalam film industry with Kavitha and became one of the most sought-after lyricists in a short span of time.
In a career spanning over five decades, Khader had penned about 1500 songs in nearly 400 movies, working with noted composers like Ilayaraja, AT Ummer, Peter Reuben, KV Mahadevan, Shankar Ganesh, and Shyam.
Poomaname (Nirakoottu), Etho janma kalpanayil (Palangal), Nadha Nee Varum Kalocha (Chamaram), Anuragini itha en (Oru Kudakkeezhil) were among his notable works. He worked with eminent filmmakers including PN Menon, IV Sasi, Padmarajan, Bharathan, and KG George.
Khader also wrote a number of Mappila and radio songs.
He is survived by his wife Amina Beevi and two daughters.
Chief Minister of the state Pinarayi Vijayan termed the death of Khader as a ‘great loss’ to the world of literature and mentioned that he had written the highest number of film songs in the Malayalam film industry.
Saji Cherian, the Kerala Minister for Culture also expressed his grief on Khader’s demise. He said that the state has lost a lyricist who made his mark in areas including Mappila, drama, and light songs.
Union Minister V Muraleedharan also condoled Poovachal Khader’s demise.
(With PTI Inputs)