Veteran Malayalam lyricist Poovachal Khader passes away

Thiruvananthapuram: Eminent lyricist-poet Poovachal Khader, who had penned a handful of evergreen romantic songs and nostalgic melodies in Mollywood during late 1970s and 80s, died following COVID-19 complications on Tuesday.

He was 73.

He died following cardiac arrest while undergoing treatment for COVID and intense pneumonia at the government medical college hospital, family sources said.

Creator of a number of biggest ever hit songs of Malayalam, Khader wrote nearly 1500 songs in about 400 movies in his career spanning over five decades.

'Poomaname' (Nirakoottu), 'Anuragini itha en' (Oru Kudakkeezhil), 'Etho janma kalpanayil' (Palangal), 'Natha nee varum' (Chamaram) and so on were among the evergreen songs penned by Khader.

After entering the Mollywood by penning lyrics for a movie in 1972, he had been a prominent presence in the industry for several decades and penned songs for maestros like K.J Yesudas, P. Jaychandran, S. Janaki and so on.

He is survived by wife Amina Beevi and two daughters.