Veteran Malayalam music composer Alleppey Ranganath dies aged 73

Ranganath was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at Kottayam Medical College Hospital.

Famous lyricist and music director Alleppey Ranganath died on Sunday night in Kerala. He was 73 years old. Ranganath was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at Kottayam Medical College Hospital. The eldest of six children of Alappuzha Vezhappra Kunjukunju Bhagavathar and Gana Bhushanam MG Devammal, Ranganath has done 42 plays and 25 dance dramas.

He wrote and composed the music for a play by the Kanjirapally People’s Arts Club at the age of 19 and first composed the music for the song ‘Hosanna’ from the 1973 film, Jesus. Ranganath recently wrote 10 keerthanas, composed in Carnatic music, based on biblical verses. He had also written many Lord Ayyappa devotional songs and received this year’s Harivarasanam award.

Ranganath made his Mollywood debut in 1973 with the film Jesus directed by director PA Thomas. He rose to fame after singer KJ Yesudas began singing many of his devotional numbers. He is known for his songs in movies like Aarante Mulla Kochu Mulla (1984), Main Olvil (1985), Pappan Priyappetta Pappan (1986), and mamalakkappurathu (1988), among others.

It is also popular for its parts like Ayalathe Amma, Kudumbakshetram, and Amritasagaram. The songs from these plays were also well known. He partnered with singer Yesudas for many Ayyappa songs which became popular even among the Kannada, Telugu and Tamil speaking population.

Earlier on December 29, 2021, renowned Malayalam music composer Kaithapram Viswanathan Namboothiri passed away at a hospital in Kozhikode. He was 58 and had been battling cancer for some time, according to family sources.

The award-winning composer, who carved out a place among Mollywood’s finest composers through a limited number of films, was the younger brother of famous lyricist-musician Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri.

With PTI inputs

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