Kozhikode Abdul Kader

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KOZHIKODE ABDUL KADER (Malayalam: കോഴിക്കോട് അബ്ദുൾ കാദർ ), (earlier name Lesli Andrews) was a Malayalam playback singer of the 1950s. He was the first male voice in Malayalam film music before K J Yesudas He had sung for eight movies and many dramas. Abdul Kader will be remembered for his memorable song engane nee marakkum kuyile.

Biography[edit]

Born to J. S. Andrews and Manini on July 19, 1915 as Lesli Andrews. He converted to Islam and named as Abdul Kader when he landed up in Burma. He was first noticed by the music director V. Dakshinamoorthy.[citation needed] The music composer M. S. Baburaj was also deeply impressed by the young man's voice.[citation needed]

Kader made his debut as a playback singer in Malayalam film Navalokam in 1951. He became a popular singer with the song engane nee marakkum kuyile in Neela Kuyil (1954)

He married Achumma and has six children. They are Najmal Babu, Surayya, Moli, Zeenath, Naseema and Nasar . He met Santha Devi in 1948 and started to live with her and they had a son named Satyajith. Abdul Kader died on February 13, 1977. In 2008 Nadeem Noushad, a documentary film maker, has made a documentary film on Kozhikode Abdul Kadar titled Desh Raagathil Oru Jeevitham.

Filmography[edit]

  • 'Navalokam' (1951) – Thangakinakkal ...
  • 'Navalokam' (1951) – Parithaapamithe haa jeevithame ...
  • 'Thiramala' (1953) – Hey kaliyodame ...
  • 'Neelakkuyil' (1954) – Enginey nee ...
  • 'Manikya Kottaram' (1966) – Nakshathrapunnukalaayiram ...
  • 'Minnaaminung' – Ithranaal ithranaal ...
  • 'Nammalonnu' (A Play by Cherukad) – Pachcha panam thathe, ponnara poo muthe
 Further Reading
Padanorthoru Maduritha Gaanam (edited)  Nadeem Noushad (olive publications 2010)

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