Thiruvananthapuram: Popular Malayalam poet and film and drama lyricist Chunnakara Ramankutty passed away at a private hospital here on Thursday, said family sources. He was 84.
Ramankutty wrote more than 200 songs for 75 films besides lyrics for over a 100 dramas.
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He began his career in 1978 writing lyrics for Malayalam films.
His last piece was after the death of media baron and veteran Rajya Sabha member M.P.Veerendra Kumar, last month.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condoled the death of the popular lyricist and termed his passing away as a big loss for Kerala. "Several melodious songs have been penned by him and he also excelled in the drama arena. He was also a good orator," recalled Vijayan.