K. G. Markose

K. G. Markose is an Indian playback singer from Kerala.[1] K.G.Markose is a familiar name in Malayalam Music Industry to the Keralites worldwide. Markose, who is popular for rendering numerous Christian Devotional songs,has also sung over 100 film songs during the years 1980s to 2000s. Markose's music career was launched in 1979–1980 with the song "Kannipoomanam" in Balachandra Menon's Kelkkaatha Sabdham. After the huge success of his debut song, Markose became a regular singer in the "Ganamela" field. He has completed more than 3,000 stage shows in the country, as well as Europe, America, Australia, Gulf Nations etc.

K. G. Markose
Born (1958-06-10) 10 June 1958 (age 62)
OccupationPlayback Singer
Years active1979 – present
Spouse(s)Manju Markose(married 1992)
  • Nithin Markose
  • Nikhil Markose
  • Namitha Markose
AwardsThe prestigious "Order of St.George" from Malankara Orthodox Church,

Kerala Film Critics Award, Kerala Catholic Bishop Council Award(KCBC), NANA Award, Drishya Film Awards, Mappila Sangeetha Academy Award,

Malayalam Television Viewers Award(MTVA) etc.


By recording more than 20,000 songs, Markose has earned himself a name in the Music Industry. He has been singing Cinema, Light and Devotional songs for the past three decades. He has used his potential as a singer to fulfill the listeners' wishes since his career beginning. Markose has performed in a number of South Indian languages as well as Hindi for his devotional albums. Markose who met with an accident in Bahrain(for concert), where his fellow team lost their lives, was lucky enough to survive the incident. However this had a huge impact in his music career since this forced him to take a break from the field for almost five long years. Markose who was slowly making a mark in the field was left in shambles after the accident and this led his music career into shades. However, he made a strong comeback with the song "Poomaaname" from the movie Nirakkoottu after which he sang in a number of Films starring Mohanlal, Mammootty, Mukesh (actor), Suresh Gopi etc. His song "Manthri Kochamma" from the movie Godfather was a crowd puller at that time. Markose has shown his versatile skills by rendering different "mood" songs.

Markose is fondly called as the "Devagayakan" in the Malayalam Music industry for his heart touching singing in the devotional field. His song 'Israyelin Nadhan' is very famous among the Christian Minorities in India and among all the Keralites worldwide. He is indeed known for the rendition of the same. K.G.Markose is the leading Christian Devotional singer in the Malayalam Music Industry. He has sung for around 70 films, 4,000 CD's in Malayalam mostly, as well as Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Arabic. He is also known as the "Sultan of Mappila songs" among the Malayalee Muslims for his divine renderings of Mappillapaatugal during the late 80s and 90s.

He was awarded with the Kerala Catholic Bishop Council Award(KCBC), NANA Audio & Video Award, Mappila Sangeetha Academy Award,The prestigious Kerala Film Critics "Prathibha" Award, Malayalam Television Viewers Award(MTVA), "Order of St. George" by Malankara Orthodox Community, Drishya Film Awards etc..


Markose began his music career in the period 1979–1980. Since then, he has sung more than 10000 Christian devotional songs and 5000 Mappila songs in Malayalam language. He started his playback singing career with the song 'Kannippu maanam' in the film Kelkatha shabdam directed by Balachandra Menon. Markose has done numerous stage shows in India and abroad.[2] He also sang the hit song 'Poomaaname' from the movie Nirakkoottu. From there he sang many songs in Malayalam films. 'Manthrikochamma Varunnunde' from Godfather, 'Thalolam Poompaithale' from Naadody, 'Puthan puthu kaalam' from Kabooliwala are his most popular songs. 'Israyelin Nadhanayi' is his famous Christian devotional song.

Partial filmographyEdit

  • Kannipoomaanam kannum nattu njaan(1982)
  • Jeevikkanaay (1983)
  • Unmaadam ullaasam (1983)
  • Kadalilum karayilum (1983)
  • Mayilina chanchadum (1983)
  • Odaruthammaava Aalariyaam (1984)
  • Maanathe Maanikyakkunninmel (1984)
  • Aakaashamounam (1984)
  • Manassin Aarohanam (1984)
  • Prabhaatha Geethangal (1984)
  • Nikkaahinu (1984)
  • Ashwathi Anuraagini (1984)
  • Shyaamam Sundaram (1984)
  • Sarathkaala Sandhyakal (1984)
  • Monchulla Beevi (1984)
  • Ammakkoru Poomutham (1984)
  • Ee Meghangaliloorum (1984)
  • Ee Shraavana Sandhyayil (1984)
  • Onappoomkaattil (1984)
  • Kulirmathi Nee Madaalasa (1984)
  • Kannil Nilaavu (1985)
  • Poovaam Manchalil Moolum Thennale(1985)
  • Thattimutti Kaithatti(1985)
  • Sankalpam (1985)
  • Ponmeghamo (1985)
  • Poomaaname (1985)
  • Kaattathu Thengola (1985)
  • Ponmalayorathu (1985)
  • Sree Raagam Paadum Yaamam (1985)
  • Kaatte chundil (1986)
  • Poovin prasaadamenthi (1986)
  • Neelakkurinjikal Poothu (1987)
  • Neelakkurinjikal Poothu (1987)
  • Vaanidavum (1989)
  • Adwaithaamritha Manthram(1989)
  • Devike nin (1989)
  • Kaathorthu Nilkum (1989)
  • Manthrikkochamma (1991)
  • Oru pooviriyum(1991)
  • Kadalezhum thaandunna (1991)
  • Kuyil Paadunna (1991)
  • Vrindaavana Geetham (1992)
  • Thaalolam (1992)
  • Arabikkadhayile (1992)
  • Kaattukkuyilin Manassinnullil (1992)
  • Aathmaanuthaapathin Manivilakke (1993)
  • Puthen Puthukaalam (1994)
  • Nertha Palunkin (1993)
  • Ayye Ayyayyayyo (1994)
  • Manjuruki Pinne Kaanam(1994)
  • Parapampam Pamparam Pole(1994)
  • Arabikkadhayile (1994)
  • Maanikyaveenayumaay (1995)
  • Aakaasham (1996)
  • Maanam Vilakku Vacheda (1996)
  • Enthee Naanam Chollaamo (1996)
  • Kalikaala Kootinullil(1997)
  • Ellaarum Pokunjo(1997)
  • Anaadi Gayakan (1997)
  • Poyppoya Baalyam (1997)

Personal lifeEdit

Markose is married to Manju. They have two sons and a daughter, Nidhin, Nikhil, and Namitha.


KG Markose - popular Malayalam singer has been detained in Saudi on Friday, 10 February 2012. The singer visited the country to attend a musical concert. After being held in the police station for more than 24 hours, Markose got released in the late evening of Saturday. According to sources in Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy's office, Markose was detained following some distribution of notices with his (Markose's) pictures in Malayalam. "The reason behind his arrest, as being told to us, is that a notice with Markose's picture in Malayalam was being circulated and this is against the kingdom's laws. What we are given to understand is that the organisers of the musical programme also did not take the required sanction," informed the official from the CM's office. Stating about the whole incident, the official added, "The incident occurred Friday evening at 7.30 p.m when the singer was proceeding to AL-Qatif near Damamm after having performed in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. He was on a visit to stage a programme celebrating India's Republic Day organised by a Kerala group there." Media quoted Markose when he was in the police station. The singer said, "Right now, I am in a police station in Dammam and they are verifying my papers and so far there has been no arrest. They have found out that I am on a visit visa and am sure that very soon I would be asked to leave the station. The officials are very nice to me and I have no problems here at all. I have been told that this programme did not have the required permission from authorities."


  1. ^ "Playback singer arrested in Saudi".
  2. ^ "Singing his way to freedom".

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