Girish Puthenchery

Girish Puthenchery (1961–2010) was a noted Malayalam lyricist, poet, scriptwriter and screenwriter. He was referred to as the aristocratic lyricist of Malayalam who had a distinctive writing style of his own.He was the former director of Indian Performance Rights Society Malayalam division (IPRS) and governing council member of the Kerala Kalamandalam and kerala Lalithakala Academy. He made his debut in malayalam film industry through 1989 malayalam movie Enquiry.He won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Lyricist seven times.[1] He also holds the record for writing the highest number of songs in the Malayalam film industry within the briefest period of time.[2] In the past two decades he was worked with almost all major music composers in India and most of his hit songs are with music director Vidyasagar. He died on 10 February 2010 in a private hospital in Kozhikode.[1]

Girish Puthenchery
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Born(1961-05-01)1 May 1961
Puthenchery, Kozhikode District,Kerala, India
Died10 February 2010(2010-02-10) (aged 48)
Kozhikode, Kerala
Alma materGovt Arts and Science College Meenchantha
Years active1989–2010
(m. 1988)
  • Kerala State Film Award
  • Asianet Film Award
  • Film Critics Award
  • Filmfare Award
  • Mathrubhumi Award
  • Film Arts Club Cochin Award
  • Medimix Award
  • Vanitha Award
  • Travancore Club Award
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Life and careerEdit

Girish was born to Pulikkool Krishna Panicker and Meenakshi Amma in Puthenchery near Ulliyeri village in Kozhikode district of Kerala . His father was an astrologer and Ayurvedic practitioner. His mother was a Carnatic musician. He completed his primary education at GLP School Puthenchery, AUP School Modakkallur, Palora HSS Ulliyeri and later he joined in Govt arts and science college Meenchantha for studying pre degree in english language and literature.

From a very young age, Girish was drawn towards the language and Literature of Malayalam. during his childhood days he is an active member of Balasangam (a children's organization in Kerala organised and run by CPIM) and later he became an artist of the Chenthara Art Committee (A Cultural Club Located in Puthenchery) and he was the one who wrote and directed the Dramas and songs. At the age of 14 his first poem is published in Chenthara's weekly magazine named Mochanam.

He is married to Beena and they have two children, Jithin and Din Nath . His elder son Jithin started off as an assistant director, working on films Breaking News, Money Rathnam, Rock On 2 and Tharangam. Jithin managed to land his first major acting gig after writer director Shankar Ramakrishnan organised an acting camp to select actors for Pathinettam Padi. Jithin also played major roles in the films include Edakkad Bttalion , Pranaya Meenukalude Kadal.[3] His younger son Din Nath started his career as a lyricist who has penned many songs for Malayalam films including Meow Meow Karimpoocha, Matinee , Aasha Black, Money ratnam , Gunday Chennai koottam, Seconds,Moonu Wickettinu 365 Runs, Olappeeppi, Mangalyam Thanthunanena, and he is currently working as an assistant director in Malayalam film industry include the movie Trance.[4] His nephew Sajan K. Ram, is a Malayalam music composer.[5]

Girish started his career with writing Lalitha Ganams for popular cassette Recording Companies include Akashvani , HMV , Magna sounds and Tharangini and he also penned many hit songs for Dooradarshan and Asianet. Girish made his debut in the Malayalam film industry through 1989 Malayalam movie Enquiry which is directed by U.V Raveendranath and Music composed by Rajamani but the songs not become much popular. his breakthrough film was 1992 Jayaraj movie Johnnie Walker, whose track Shanthamee Rathriyil has become iconic. He was also one of the most honored lyricists, having won the Kerala State Award for best lyricist seven times.

Besides writing lyrics, Girish had also written the screenplay for the films Brahmarakshassu, Pallavur Devanarayanan, Vadakkumnadhan, Kinnaripuzhayoram and story for Meleparambil Aanveedu, Adivaram, Ikkareyanente Manasam, Oro Viliyum Kathorthu and Kerala House Udan Vilpanakku. He also composed music for a Devotional album. He was scripting a film by the name of Raman Police, in which Mohanlal was expected to play the lead role.[6]

In 2019 music director Kailas Menon has paid a musical tribute to Girish Puthenchery, through a song titled "Manju Kaalam Dhoore Manju" in the movie Finals. The track, created from lyrics penned by Puthenchery before his passing, has vocals by Srinivas. The lyrical video was presented by director Ranjith on July 20, 2019[7]

Handwritten copy of a popular song from 1997 Malayalam movie Aaram Thamburan



Girish Puthenchery, a chronic diabetic and hypertensive patient, was admitted to private hospital on 6 February 2010 after he suffered a stroke.[8] He was twice operated upon, but his condition did not improve and he suffered a brain hemorrhage and died at the hospital on 10 February 2010.[9]


On 22 October 2020 , Honorable Minister TP Ramakrishnan along with Balussery MLA Purushan Kadalundi unveiled the statue of Girish Puthenchery at Ulliyeri Gramapanchayath Courtyard[10]


Kerala State Film Award For Best Lyicist
Year Movie Song Composer
1995 Agnidevan Oru Poovithalin M.G Radhakrishnan
1997 Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu Pinneyum Pinneyuym Aaro Kinavinte Vidyasagar
1999 Punaradhivasam Kanaka Munthirikal Sivamani,Louis Banks
2001 Ravanaprabhu Aakasha Deepangal Sakshi Suresh Peters
2002 Nandanam Karmukil Varnante Chundil Raveendran
2003 Gourisankaram Urangathe Raavurasngi Njan M.Jayachandran
2004 Kathavasheshan Kannu Nattu Kathirinnittum M.Jayachandran
Asianet Film Awards
Year Movie Song Composer
2004 Maampazhakkaalam Kandu Kandu Kothi M.Jayachandran
2006 Vadakkumnadhan Kalabham Tharam Raveendran
2008 Madambi Amma Mazhakarinu M.Jayachandran
Filmfare Award
Year Movie Song Composer
2006 Vadakkumnadhan Kalabham Tharam Raveendran
2008 Madambi Amma Mazhakarinu M.Jayachandran


  1. ^ a b "Prolific lyricist Gireesh Puthenchery passes away". The Hindu. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Gireesh Puthenchery". Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  3. ^ "18-ാം പടിയില്‍ കലിപ്പ് കാട്ടി കയ്യടി നേടി കലിപ്പൻ ഗിരി; ആരാണെന്നറിയാമോ?". Asianet News Network Pvt Ltd (in Malayalam). Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  4. ^ "ദിന്‍ നാഥ് പുത്തഞ്ചേരി's biography and latest film release news". FilmiBeat (in Malayalam). Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Sajan K. Ram". IMDb. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Malayalam lyricist Girish Puthenchery is dead". 11 February 2010. Archived from the original on 14 February 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  7. ^ "'Finals' to have Gireesh Puthenchery's unpublished poem". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Gireesh Puthenchery died of brain hemorrhage". 11 February 2010. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  9. ^ Hooli, By: Shekhar H. (11 February 2010). "Gireesh Puthenchery died of brain hemorrhage". FilmiBeat. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  10. ^ "ഗിരീഷ് പുത്തഞ്ചേരിയുടെ പ്രതിമ അനാച്ഛാദനം ചെയ്‌തു". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 23 October 2020.

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