K. Raghavan

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K. Raghavan

Born: 2 December 1913

Died: 19 October 2013

  • He also fondly called Raghavan Master, was a Malayalam music composer.
  • Along with G. Devarajan, V. Dakshinamoorthy and Baburaj, he was often credited for the renaissance of Malayalam film music.
  • He was the pioneer in contributing Malayalam film songs with its own tunes and styles.
  • Till then, Malayalam film songs were in the tunes of popular Hindi and Tamil film songs and old classical kritis.
  • He gave a new direction and identity to Malayalam film music.
  • He composed around 400 songs in Malayalam cinema and was active in the Malayalam film industry for nearly four decades.
  • He set a new trend in Malayalam film music with the release of the 1954 movie Neelakuyil.
  • Renowned lyricist and his friend P. Bhaskaran had penned the songs in Neelakkuyil.
  • He himself has rendered his voice for one of the songs in Neelakkuyil.
  • The song Kayalarikathu valayerinjappol went on to become an instant hit.

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