Rafeeq Ahamed

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Rafeeq Ahamed
Rafeeq Ahmad.jpg
Born (1961-12-17) 17 December 1961 (age 57)
OccupationPoet, lyricist, novelist
Spouse(s)Laila Rafeeq
ChildrenManeesh ,Lasya

Rafeeq Ahmed (born 17 December 1961) is a Malayalam poet, lyricist and novelist.[1] He has won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Poetry and is a five-time winner of the Kerala State Film Award for Best Lyrics. With more than 600 songs in his credit[2], Rafeeq Ahamed is regarded as the most successful and critically acclaimed lyricist of contemporary Malayalam cinema.[3]


Rafeeq Ahamed was born to Syed Sajjad Hussain and Thithayikutty on 17 December 1961 in Akkikavu, Trichur.[4] He graduated in English literature from Sree Krishna College, Guruvayur. He started his film career through the 1999 film Garshom directed by P. T. Kunju Muhammed.[5] His second work as a lyricist was Perumazhakkalam , directed by Kamal. It was music director M. Jayachandran who suggested Rafeeq to Kamal, based on an experience of working with Rafeeq for the title song of a television serial Samanathaalam. Rafeeq penned the lyrics of much acclaimed song Rakkilithan for perumazhakalam and has since written more than 600 songs for about 400 Malayalam films[6]. He received Kerala State film award for best lyrics five times. He won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 2006 for his poetic work, Aalmara. His first novel, Azhukkillam, was serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly.

Poetry collections[edit]

Year Title
2013 Rafeeq Ahamedinte Kavithakal
2012 Thoraamazha
2008 Gramavrikshathile Vavval
2008 Shivakami
2007 Cheettukalikkar
2006 Alamara
2000 Paarayil Paninjathu
1996 Swapnavangmoolam


  • Azhukkillam


Literary awards[edit]

  • 2014: Odakkuzhal Award for Rafeeq Ahammedinte Krithikal[7]
  • 2006: Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Alamara
  • 2000: Olappamanna Memorial Award for Paarayil Pathiinjathu
  • Edappally Award
  • Kunchupilla Award
  • Kanakasree Award
  • Vailoppilli Award
  • 2017: P. Kunjiraman Nair Award
  • Ulloor Award
  • 2019: Swathi-Ayyappa Panicker Literary Award[8]

Film awards[edit]

Kerala State Film Awards:

Asianet Film Award

Amrita Awards
  • 2012- Amrita TV Film Award for Best Lyricist -
  • 2014 – Amrita TV Film Award for Best Lyricist – Oru Indian Pranayakatha

Filmfare South

Vanitha Film Awards

  • 2018 - Best Lyricist - Odiyan
  • 2015 – Best Lyricist – Ennu Ninte Moideen
  • 2013 -Best Lyricist – Spirit ,Diamond Necklace
  • 2011 -Best Lyricist – Anwar


  1. ^ https://www.manoramaonline.com/literature/literaryworld/2017/04/24/rafeeq-ahammed-talk-about-his-favourite-poems.html
  2. ^ https://www.malayalachalachithram.com/listsongs.php?tot=613&l=1131&p=21
  3. ^ "എഴുത്തുകാർ അയിത്തം നേരിടുന്ന കാലം: റഫീക്ക് അഹമ്മദ്". News 18.
  4. ^ "റഫീക്ക്‌ അഹമ്മദ്‌" (in Malayalam). Harithakam. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
  5. ^ https://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/Lyrical-craftsmanship/article16373463.ece
  6. ^ https://www.malayalachalachithram.com/listsongs.php?tot=613&l=1131&p=21
  7. ^ "റഫീഖ് അഹമ്മദിന് ഓടക്കുഴല്‍ അവാര്‍ഡ്". DC Books. 30 December 2014. Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  8. ^ https://english.mathrubhumi.com/mobile/books/books-news/poet-lyricist-rafeeq-ahammed-wins-swathi-ayyappa-panicker-literary-award--1.4331774

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