Yusufali Kechery (Yūsaphali Kēccēri; 16 May 1934 – 21 March 2015) was a poet, film lyricist, film producer and director from Kerala, India. He was one of the leading poets of the modern era of Malayalam poetry and won numerous awards including Odakkuzhal Award, Kerala Sahitya Academy Award and Vallathol Award.
He was born in 1934 in Kechery, Thrissur district, Kerala. After completing his Bachelor's degree in Arts and Law, he started his career as a lawyer and freelance writer. Professor K. P. Narayana Pisharody, a highly regarded scholar, was Yousuf Ali's Sanskrit teacher and taught him free of cost for four years. Kechery is regarded as one of the major poets of the modern era. His major poetry works include Sainaba, Aayiram Navulla Mounam, Anchu Kanyakakal, Nadabhramam, Amrithu, Kecheri Puzha, Anuragagaanam Pole, Aalila, Kadhaye Premicha Kavitha, Perariyatha Nombaram and Ahaindavam.
He served in the post of Assistant Secretary and Executive Member of the Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy and Advisory Committee Member of All India Radio Thrissur. He also served as the president of the Kerala Sahitya Academy.
Yusuf Ali Kechery was also known as a prolific lyricist who wrote some well acclaimed songs for Malayalam films. His first film as a producer was Sindooracheppu (1971), which was directed by the famous actor Madhu. Kechery wrote the screenplay and lyrics for all the songs in this film. He made his directorial debut in 1973 with Maram (Tree), a film written by M.T. Vasudevan Nair. He also directed the films Vanadevatha (1977) and Neelathamara (1979). He wrote the lyrics for the hit songs in the film Dhwani, which were composed by renowned musician Naushad. In 2000 he was awarded a National Award for a Sanskrit song written for the Malayalam film Mazha (Rain).
Kechery died on 21 March 2015 at a private hospital in Kochi. He was suffering from bronchial pneumonia. His death came a day after the 11th death anniversary of his Guru, K.P. Narayana Pisharody. He was buried at the burial ground of Pattikkara Juma Masjid near his home.
- 1985: Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award - Aayiram Naavulla Maunam
- 1987: Odakkuzhal Award - Kechery Puzha
- 1990: Aasan Sahitya Puraskaram
- 2012: Vallathol Award
- 2012: Balamani Amma Award
- 2013: Kerala Sahitya Akademi Fellowship
- 1993: Kerala State Film Award for Best Lyrics - Ghazal
- 1994: Kerala State Film Award for Best Lyrics - Parinayam
- 1998: Kerala State Film Award for Best Lyrics - Sneham
- 1999: Asianet Film Award for Best Lyricist -Deepasthambham Mahascharyam
- 2000: National Film Award for Best Lyricist - Mazha
- Prem Nazir Award
- Kunchacko Memorial Award
- Aayiram Navulla Mounam
- Anchu Kanyakakal
- Kecheri Puzha
- Kadhaye Premicha Kavitha
- Perariyatha Nombaram
- As Director
- Maram (1973)
- Vanadevatha (1977)
- Neelathamara (1979 film)
- As Lyricist
- Aayirathil Oruvan]] (2009)
- Deepangal Sakshi
- Choonda (2003)
- Oomappenninu Uriyadappayyan (2002)
- Karumadikkuttan (2001)
- Dada Sahib (2000)
- Deepasthambham Mahashcharyam
- Chitrashalabham (1998)
- Joker (2000)
- Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum
- Five Star Hospital
- Parinayam (1994)
- Sargam (1992)
- Ghazal (1993)
- Dhwani (1988)
- Pattanapravesham (1988)
- Ithile Iniyum Varu (1986)
- Iniyenkilum (1983)
- Pinnilavu (1983)
- Lava (1980)
- Sarapanjaram (1979)
- Neelathamara (1979)
- Eeta (1978)
- Vanadevatha (1977)
- Sindooracheppu (1971)
- Priya (1970)
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- "2013 Kerala Sahitya Academy Award". Kerala Sahitya Academy. Retrieved 24 December 2014.