Vayalar Ramavarma

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Vayalar Ramavarma
Vatalar Ramavarma.jpg
Background information
Native name വയലാർ രാമവർമ്മ
Born (1928-03-25)25 March 1928
Vayalar, Travancore, British India
Origin Kerala, India
Died 27 October 1975(1975-10-27) (aged 47)
Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram
Occupation(s) Lyricist, poet
Years active 1956–1975

Vayalar Ramavarma (25 March 1928 – 27 October 1975), often known as Vayalar, was a Malayalam language poet and lyricist from the southern Indian state of Kerala. His works include Sargasangeetham, Mulankaadu, Padamudrakal, Aayisha, Oru Judas janikkunnu.


Bust of the poet Vayalar Ramavarma in Thiruvananthapuram.
The memorial to the poet at his home 'Raghava Parambu', in Vayalar

Vayalar was born in the village of Vayalar, in Alappuzha district, Kerala. His parents were Vellarappally Kerala Varma and Vayalar Raghavaparambil Ambalika Thamburatty. He was awarded the Kerala Sahithya Academy Award (Kerala literary academy award) in 1961 for Sargasangeetham, the President's gold medal for best lyricist in 1974, and the Kerala state film award for best lyricist three times. The Vayalar award for Malayalam literature, given on 27 October (the anniversary of his death) each year, was instituted in his memory.

Vayalar wrote about 2000 songs for 223 Malayalam movies[1] and for several plays. Decades after his death, the movie songs he wrote are still popular among Malayalis.[citation needed] Among his most popular songs is the one he wrote for theatre, the KPAC naatakagaanam, "Balikudeerangalae".

Many of his poems contain romantic notions about "revolution" and about the triumph of science over religion. He was associated with the leftist political movement in Kerala.[citation needed]

The "Vayalar-Devarajan" collaboration was a prolific lyricist-composer combination which lasted till the death of Vayalar.[citation needed]

Published works[edit]

  • Poetry collections:
    • Paadamudrakal (1948)
    • Konthayum Poonoolum
    • Enikku Maranamilla (1955)
    • Mulankaadu (1955)
    • Oru Judas Janikkunnu (1955)
    • Ente Maattolikkavithakal (1957)
    • Sargasangeetham (1961)
  • Short poems:
    • Aayisha
  • Collected songs:
    • Ente Chalachitragaanangal in 6 parts
  • Stories collection:
    • Raktham Kalarnna Mannu
    • Vettum Thiruthum
  • Essays:
    • Purushaantharangaliloode
  • Collected works:
    • Vayalar Krithikal
    • Vayalar Kavithakal


Kerala Sahitya Akademi Awards
  • 1961 – Sargasangeetham (poetry collection)
National Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards


  1. ^ "Songs by Vayalar". 

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