Poet-lyricist Chunakkara Ramankutty passes away
Thiruvananthapuram: Poet-lyricist Chunakkara Ramanakutty passed away at the age of 84 here on Wednesday night. He was under treatment for physical ailments at a private hospital. The demise came at 10.45 pm.
Ramankutty was living in Thirumala. Late Thankamma was his wife. He is survived by daughters Renuka, Radhika and Ragini. C Ashok Kumar (retired from health department), P T Saji (Railway, Mumbai) and K S Sreekumar (CIFT) are his sons-in-law.
Chunakkara Ramankutty had penned lyrics for numerous film songs. 'Devadaru Poothu Nin Manasin Thazhvarayil' from the movie 'Engane Nee Marakkum' is one of his most notable song. He debuted in film industry by penning lyrics for the movie 'Ashramam' released in 1978. He rose to fame through the movie 'Oru Thira Pinneyum Thira' directed by P G Viswambharan.
In 1984, he wrote almost over 30 songs for various films. He is the recipient of Gurushreshta Award instituted by the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi in 2015. Many hit songs including 'Syamameghame Nee' (Adhipan), 'Sindhoorathilakavumayi' (Kuyiline Thedi) and 'Nee Arinjo Mele Manath' (Kandu Kandarinju) were written by him.
Chunakkara Ramankutty was born on January 19, 1936 at Karimulakkal in Chunakkara of Alappuzha district. He was son of Krishnan Karyattil and Narayani. After graduating in Malayalam from Panthalam SN College, he started writing songs for Akashavani. He got this opportunity through his friendship with P Gangadharan, who was known as Radio Uncle in Akashavani.
The light music lyrics Ramanakutty wrote for Akashavani was very popular. He also penned many songs for drama troupes like Kollam Assissi, Malankara Theatres, Kerala Theatres, National Theatres and Kollam Gayathri. Later, he started his own drama group 'Malayala Vedi', but it lasted for only a few years.
Last article about MP Veerendra Kumar
Chunakkara Ramankutty last wrote about former Mathrubhumi Chairman and Managing Director MP Veerendra Kumar following his demise. He penned the commemorative article about MP Veerendra Kumar in 'Service Centre', the mouthpiece of Kerala NGO Centre.
Chunakkara Ramankutty's name and song were mentioned in 'Hymavathabhoovil' written by MP Veerendra Kumar. He also remembered mentioning his name in the book as an honour that makes him proud. He also remembered in the article an incident when MP Veerendra Kumar embraced him after reciting a poem during a book release ceremony.