Kamukara Purushothaman

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Kamukara Purushothaman (4 December 1930 – 26 May 1995) was an Indian singer. He was a noted playback singer in Malayalam cinema during its early years. He has recorded over 170 songs in 68 movies in various South Indian languages.

Kamukara Purushothaman
Born(1930-12-04)4 December 1930
Thiruvattar, Kanyakumari, India
Died25 May 1995(1995-05-25) (aged 64)
OccupationPlayback singer

Early lifeEdit

Kamukara Purushothaman, popularly known as Kamukara (the name of his ancestral house), was born on 4 December 1930 in Thiruvattar in Kanyakumari district of present day Tamil Nadu. He was the son of Parameswara Kurup and Lekshmikkutty Amma. He started learning music from an early age under Karnatic music guru Thiruvattar Arumugham Pillai Bhagavathar, along with his sister, Leela Omchery, a known singer and musicologist.[1] His career debut was at the local temple, Aadi Keshava Temple, Thiruvattar. He started music concerts by the age of 15 and became an artist at Trivandrum Broadcasting Corporation by the age of 20 and became active in All India Radio music programmes.


His first recording for a film was in 1953 for the Malayalam film, Ponkathir, a Merryland Studio production to start a film career which spanned over 20 years and 68 Malayalam (total 125) films. He was the leading male singer in Malayalam films during the 50s and 60s till K.J. Yesudas appeared on the scene. Two of his soulfully rendered songs, "Aathmavidyalayame" for the film Harishchandra and "Ekanthathayude" for Bhargavi Nilayam are widely considered to be among the all time great songs of Malayalam film music. He was a regular singer in Merryland films until the 1970s. Most of his songs were written by Thirunayinarkurichi Madhavan Nair and composed by Brother Lakshmanan.

Later in his career, Kamukara Purushothaman, along with K. P. Udayabhanu and other senior singers formed a music troupe by name Old is Gold and performed stage programs all over India and abroad.


Kamukara, who was a school teacher by profession, and retired as the Principal of Thiruvattar Govt. School, died suddenly on 26 May 1995 after suffering from a massive heart attack while on a journey to Thiruvananthapuram. He was aged 64 at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, children, children-in-law and grandchildren.

Popular songsEdit

Song Film
Aathmavidyalayame Harishchandra
Eeswara chintha ithonne manujanu Bhakta Kuchela
Nale Nale ennayittum Bhagavane Bhakta Kuchela
Ganga Yamuna Hotel Highrange
Sangeethame Jeevitham Jail Pulli
Osana, Osana Snapaka Yohannan
Mattoru Seethaye Tharavattamma
Ekanthathyude Apara theeram Bhargavi Nilayam
Pancha Varna Thatha Pole Karutha kai
Asoka Vanathile Seethamma Kallichellamma
Marakkan Kazhiyumo Kannur Deluxe
Padachavan Padachappol Kayamkulam Kochunni
Panineer Malarinorithal kozhinjalum Njana Sundari
Thumpappoo peyyana poonilaave Randidangazhi
Poovinu manamilla kinavinu kulirilla Chilamboli
Chandrande prabhayil chandana mazhayil
Poothaliyundo kinave poopanthalundo nilave Indulekha
Mindathathenthanu thathe Njanasundari
Kanninayum kanninayum bandham nischayichu Lady doctor


  1. ^ "PROF. DR. LEELA OMCHERY | Musician, Musicologist and author". Leelaomchery.org. n.d. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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