Kaithapram Damodaran

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Kaithapram Damodaran
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Kaithapram Damodaran
Background information
Origin Kaithapram, Kannur, Kerala, India
Occupation(s) Poet, lyricist, music director, classical vocalist, actor, playback singer, screenwriter, music therapist
Instruments Music director (playback singing)
Years active 1985 – present
Website kaithapram.com

Kaithapram Damodaran (Malayalam: കൈതപ്രം ദാമോദരന്‍) (born 1 January 1950), popularly known as Kaithapram, is a lyricist, music director, actor, singer, screenwriter, and performer of Carnatic music. He is the son of singer Keshavan Namboothiri (popularly known as Kannadi Bhagavathar, a disciple of Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar) and Aditi Antharjanam. He generally performs in the Malayalam language.

Career[edit]

Kaithapram made his entry into Malayalam cinema as a lyricist for the hit song "Devadundubhi Sandralayam" in the film Ennennum Kannettante directed by Fazil. Since then he has written lyrics for more than 346 films. He has also acted in many films, including Swathithirunal, Aaryan, His Highness Abdulla, and the film Theerthadanam, based on the story of famous Malayalam writer M.T. Vasudevan Nair. He has played the character of a classical or semi-classical singer in most of the films. The songs from Desadanam, his first film as a music composer, were a hit. The film Sopanam, directed by Shri Jayaraj, was based on a story and screenplay written by Kaithapram.

Kaithapram has established a cherished position in the Malayali heart with his beautiful yet simple artistic renderings. He has written both prose and poems and his books are also widely accepted. His appeal is closer to younger hearts and the success of 'Lajjavathiye…' has brought this aspect into fresh focus. His lyrics often express the deep love and regard that make the average Malayali home sick. He sings in public concerts and for various causes. He has won several awards as a lyricist. His charming and helpful attitude, readiness to help and ability to be one among the music lovers, have made him a legend in his own time.

Shri Kaithapram is also the Managing Trustee of Swathithirunal Kala Kendram (Music School) at Kozhikode, which caters to more than 400 music students. He has received numerous awards from various government and cultural organisations in Kerala. He has popularised and promoted the application of music for therapeutic purposes through the Music Therapy Foundation. Many have benefited from the systematic music therapy sessions conducted all over Kerala.

In January 2017, he announced that he is dropping his caste name 'Namboothiri'. He took this decision in a programme held by DYFI. He said that he does not believe in caste, and there is no need for holding it in this era. He also requested never to use his caste name.

Personal life[edit]

Kaithapram Damodaran was born in the village of Kaithapram, near Payyanur in Kannur district of North Malabar region in India[1] and he is currently residing in Thiruvannur in Kozhikode District. He is the eldest son of the late singer Kannadi Illath Kesavan Namboothiri, a disciple of Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar and Adithi Antharjanam, followed by two brothers and two sisters. He got his Veda education from his grandfather. Later on he continued his education under well-known gurus (teachers) including Pazhassi Thamburan (A descendant of Pazhassi Raja) and SVS Panicker. He pursued his studies in acting and music at Natyagruha. He is married to Devi Antharjanam who is the daughter of actor Unnikrishnan Namboothiri; they have two children, Deepankuran and Devadarshan. His elder son Deepankuran is a singer who has sung for various films including Desadanam, as well as Devotional Songs. Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri's youngest brother, Kaithapram Viswanathan, is a Malayalam cinema music director who runs the Sruthilaya Music School at Payyanur.

Awards[edit]

Kerala State Film Award
Filmfare Awards South
  • 1996 - Best Music Director : Deshadanam
  • 1997 - Best Music Drector : Kaliyattam [2]
Asianet Film Awards

Filmography[edit]

As lyricist[edit]

Selected film albums for which Kaithapram wrote lyrics include:

  • 2016 – Hello Namaste
  • 2015 – Vellivelichathil
  • 2012 – Padmasree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar
  • 2012 – Ekk Deewana Tha (Song: Aaromale)
  • 2011 – Venicile Vyapari
  • 2011 – Urumi
  • 2010 – Pokkiri Raja
  • 2010 – Aagathan
  • 2010 – Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya (Song: Aaromale)
  • 2009 – Robinhood
  • 2009 – Moss & Cat
  • 2009 – Yugapurushan
  • 2009 – Pulliman
  • 2009 – Karshakasree
  • 2009 – Bodyguard
  • 2009 – Puthiya Mukham
  • 2009 – Madhya Venal
  • 2008 – Jubilee
  • 2008 – Magic Lamp
  • 2008 – Parthan Kanda Paralokam
  • 2007 – Ravanan
  • 2007 – Mauryan
  • 2007 – Nivedhyam
  • 2006 – Balram Vs Tara Das
  • 2006 – Ennittum
  • 2006 – Mahasamudram
  • 2006 – Palunku
  • 2006 – Rashtram
  • 2006 – Lion
  • 2006 – Aanachandam
  • 2006 – Photographer
  • 2006 – Thuruppugulan
  • 2005 – Rappakal
  • 2005 – Makalkku
  • 2005 – Lokanathan IAS
  • 2005 – Naran
  • 2005 – Annorikal
  • 2005 – Ullam
  • 2005 – December
  • 2005 – Thanmatra
  • 2005 – Soumyam
  • 2005 – Thommanum Makkalum
  • 2005 – Nottam
  • 2005 – Junior Senior
  • 2005 – Boy Friend
  • 2005 – By The People
  • 2005 – Ben Johnson
  • 2005 – Udayananu Tharam
  • 2004 – Kaazhcha
  • 2004 – Youth Festival
  • 2004 – Amrutham
  • 2004 – Parayam
  • 2004 – Vismayathumbathu
  • 2004 – Vellinakshatram
  • 2004 – Symphony
  • 2004 – Sathyam
  • 2004 – Black
  • 2004 – Udayam
  • 2004 – Manjupoloru Penkutty
  • 2004 – Perumazhakkalam
  • 2004 – Vajram
  • 2004 – Rain Rain Come Again
  • 2004 – Thudakkam
  • 2004 – 4 The People
  • 2003 – Chronic Bachelor
  • 2003 – Ammakilikkoodu
  • 2003 – Sinkari Bolona
  • 2003 – Pattanathil Sundaran
  • 2003 – Vellithira
  • 2003 – Thilakkam
  • 2003 – Kasthuriman
  • 2003 – Swantham Malavika
  • 2003 – Mayamohithachandran
  • 2003 – Pulival Kalyanam
  • 2003 – Swapnakoodu
  • 2002 – Pranayamanithooval
  • 2002 – Kannaki
  • 2002 – Kalyanaraman
  • 2002 – Nammal
  • 2002 – Kaalachakram
  • 2002 – Thandavam
  • 2002 – Yathrakarude Sradhakku
  • 2001 – Uthaman
  • 2001 – Onemanshow
  • 2001 – Ishtam
  • 2001 – Sundarapurushan
  • 2000 – Vinayapoorvam Vidyadharan
  • 2000 – Devadoothan
  • 2000 – Satyam Shivam Sundaram
  • 2000 – Mazhanool Kanavu
  • 2000 – Aanamuttathe Angalamar
  • 2000 – Santham
  • 2000 – Life Is Beautiful
  • 2000 – Thenkasipattanam
  • 2000 – Nakshathragal Parayathirunnathu
  • 2000 – Kannady Kadavathu
  • 2000 – Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal
  • 1999 – Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal
  • 1999 – Mazhavillu
  • 1999 – Friends
  • 1999 – Chandamama
  • 1999 – Agnisakshi
  • 1999 – Udayapuram Sulthan
  • 1998 – Sidhartha
  • 1998 – Harikrishnans
  • 1998 – Ayushman Bhava
  • 1998 – Kattathoru Penpoovu
  • 1998 – Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu
  • 1997 – Irattakuttikalude Achan
  • 1996 – Azhakiya Ravanan
  • 1995 – Mazhayethum Munpe
  • 1993 – Sopanam
  • 1993 – Vatsalyam
  • 1992 – Aayushkalam
  • 1992 – Kauravar
  • 1992 – Sooryamanasam
  • 1992 – Kamaladalam
  • 1991 – Advaitham
  • 1991 – Ente Sooryaputhrikku
  • 1991 – Sandesham
  • 1991 – Bharatham
  • 1991 – Vishnulokam
  • 1991 – Amaram
  • 1991 – Ulladakkam
  • 1991 – Abhimanyu
  • 1991 – Njan Gandharvan
  • 1990 – Kalikkalam
  • 1990 – His Highness Abdullah
  • 1990 – Thalayanamanthram
  • 1990 – Paavam Paavam Rajakumaran
  • 1990 – Kuttettan
  • 1990 – Thoovalsparsam
  • 1990 – Thazhvaram
  • 1989 – Varavelppu
  • 1989 – Ardham
  • 1989 – Mazhavil Kavadi
  • 1989 – Innale
  • 1989 – Kireedam
  • 1988 – Aryan
  • 1988 – Vellanakalude Nadu

As composer[edit]

The major film song albums composed by Kaithapram:[3]

  • Rama Ravanan (2010)
  • Neelakasam Niraye (2002)
  • Theerthadanam (2001)
  • Udayapuram Sulthan (1999)
  • Agni Sakshi (1999)
  • Ennu Swantham Janakikutty (1998)
  • Kattathoru Penpoovu (1998)
  • Thattakam (1998)
  • Kaikudunna Nilavu (1998)
  • Thalolam (1998)
  • Desadanam (1997)
  • Karunyam (1997)
  • Kottapurathe Koottukudumbam (1997)
  • Kaliyattam (1997)

As director[edit]

As actor[edit]

He has played the character of a classical or semi-classical singer/lyricsist in most of these films. Some of his well-known films include:

As script writer[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]