|Died||21 March 2015|
|Occupation||Film Director, Film Producer, Poet, film lyricist|
Yusufali Kechery (Yūsaphali Kēccēri; യൂസഫലി കേച്ചേരി 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 in Trichur district of the Kingdom of Cochin (now in Kerala, India). 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.
Yusuf Ali Kechery was also known as a lyricist who wrote songs for Malayalam films. His first film as a producer was Sindooracheppu (1971), which was directed by the famous actor Madhu, who also acted in the film. 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).
- 1985: Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award — Aayiram Naavulla Maunam
- 1987: Odakkuzhal Award — Kechery Puzha
- 1988: Asan Smaraka Kavitha Puraskaram — Kechery Puzha
- 1990: Asan Smaraka Kavitha 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
- As Producer
- Sindooracheppu (1971)
- 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)
- Maram (1973)
- Sindooracheppu (1971)
- Priya (1970)
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- "List of Kerala Sahitya Academy Award Winners - Poetry". Kerala Sahitya Academy. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
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- "Yusafali Kecheri bags Vallathol Puraskaram". Kerala Kaumudi. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- "Balamaniamma award for Kecheri". The Hindu. 9 December 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
- "2013 Kerala Sahitya Academy Award". Kerala Sahitya Academy. Retrieved 24 December 2014.