Eminent Malayalam lyricist-poet Poovachal Khader breathed his last today morning, June 22 in Thiruvananthapuram. He was 72. According to reports, he was admitted on Thursday, June 17 to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital and was undergoing treatment for covid-19.
The lyricist was diagnosed with pneumonia and was on oxygen support. He passed away following a cardiac arrest while undergoing treatment for covid-19.
His final rites will be held today at Poovachal Juma Masjid. Poovachal Khader is survived by his wife Amina Beevi and two daughters.
Poovachal Khader made his debut as a lyricist with Kavitha. Khader has penned lyrics for over 2000 songs in 400 films.
Poovachal Khader, who was born in Thiruvananthapuram on December 25, 1948, he had worked as an engineer before starting his journey in the Malayalam industry as a lyricist.
Khader’s career spanned over five decades and he became one of the busiest lyricists of the 70s and 80s. He had penned lyrics for evergreen songs like Pandora Kattiloransimham (Sandarbham), Natha Nee Varum Kalocha (Chamaram), Ente Janman Neeyeduthu (Aattakkalasam), and Ponveene (Thalavattam), among others.
Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan paid condolences and termed Khader’s demise as a ‘great loss’ to the world of literature. He said Khader is the lyricist who had written the highest number of film songs in Malayalam and Most of his songs had received incredible acceptance among people.
Union Minister of Kerala, V Muraleedharan also paid condolences to Poovachal Khader’s family.