Pappukutty Bhagavathar

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Pappukutty Bhagavathar (Malayalam: പാപ്പുകുട്ടി ഭാഗവതർ; 29 March 1913 – 22 June 2020) was an Indian film singer and actor in Malayalam cinema.[1] He was the father of actor Mohan Jose and singer Selma George. Malayalam film director K. G. George is his son-in-law.

Pappukutty Bhagavathar
പാപ്പുകുട്ടി ഭാഗവതർ
Born(1913-03-29)29 March 1913
Died22 June 2020(2020-06-22) (aged 107)
Years active1949–2020
Spouse(s)Baby (1947–2017, her death)
ChildrenSelma George, Mohan Jose and Sabu Jose
Parent(s)Michael (deceased)
Anna (deceased)
RelativesK. G. George (son-in-law)

Personal lifeEdit

Pappukutty Bhagavathar was born the second of five children on 29 March 1913 to Michael and Anna, in Vypin, Kochi, Kerala.

He had two brothers, Daniel and Varghese and two sisters, Rosy and Valsala. He studied at Government boys school Vypin.[2]

He sang for the 2009 released Marykkundoru Kunjadu at the age of 95, sixty years after he sang his first song for a movie, which made him the oldest Malayali to sing in a film. The song "Entadukke Varum" was a hit. He was married to Baby. They had five children, actor Mohan Jose, playback singer Selma George, Sabu Jose, Shadhi, and Jeevan. His son-in-law K. G. George is a Malayalam movie director. He turned 100 in March 2013.[3][4] His wife Baby died in 2017.

Bhagavathar died in Kochi in June 2020 at the age of 107 due to an age-related illness.[5]


As an actorEdit

As a playback singerEdit

  • "Vidhiyude Leela"... Prasanna 1950
  • "Kallane Vazhiyil"... Karutha Kai 1964
  • "Kanne Karale"... Aashaachakram 1973
  • "Entadukke Vannadukkum"... Marykkundoru Kunjaadu 2010


  1. ^ "A voice that still casts a spell - The Hindu". The Hindu. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Centenarian Pappukutty Bhagavathar honoured - IBNLive". Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  3. ^ Deepthi Sreenivasan (10 January 2016). "102, still going Sa Re Ga Ma". The Asian Age. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  4. ^ Staff (7 May 2017). "When 104-yr-old Pappukutty Bhagavathar sang 'Soja Rajakumari' for Mar Chrysostom". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Veteran actor pappukutty bhagavathar dies". 22 June 2020. Retrieved 22 June 2020.

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