Rajeev Alunkal

Rajeev Alunkal is a prominent poet, lyricist, music director and malayalam orator. He is best known for writing lyrics on romantic and philosophical themes. He has written numerous poems and songs. He is the former Chairman of Kumaranashan Smarakam, Pallana, Govt of Kerala.[1] he is the current Vice President of a national organization called "Sun India - Save our Nation", an anti-drug initiative. Rajeev has penned lyrics for songs in about 130 movies, of which a few are worth mention – Vettom, Mallu Singh Kanaka Simhaasanam, Oru Marubhoomikkadha, Romans, Sound Thoma, Chattakkari, Angry babies, Aamayum Muyalum, Happy Wedding, Kuttanadan Marpappa, Aanakallan.

Rajeev Alunkal
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Born (1973-08-17) 17 August 1973 (age 49)
Occupations
  • Poet
  • lyricist
Years active1997 to Present

He won URF National Record (2021) for 4200 songs in three lyrics areas (Drama, Album, Cinema)[2][3]

He has received Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award in 2012 for lifetime achievement as lyricist.[4][5] He achieved this award at the age of 39 and nobody has received such an award so far in history.[6] Since then, he has written lyrics for 350 songs for more than 130 films. He has also written more than 1000 songs for 250 professional dramas and 2800 songs for 280 albums.

Rajeev Alunkal co-operated with music directors of three to four generations, namely V.Dakshinamoorthy, M.K.Arjunan, A.R.Rahmam, Raveendran, M.Jayachandran and Gopi Sundar, and most Indian Singers.

He won the Kerela State Award for Best Lyricist in 2004 (Drama), and he won the Kerala Film Critics Association Awards in three times (2006, 2012 and 2018[7])

Rajeev Alunkal got the opportunity to work with A R Rahman for the album "One Love" which acted to ensure the position of the Taj Mahal among the 7 Wonders of the World, on the behalf of the Government of India

During the canonisation ceremony of Mother Teresa at the Vatican, Pope Francis released the poem "Theresamma" written by Rajeev Alunkal, and the Indian Pop singer Usha Uthup rendered her voice for the same. This poem has also been translated into other languages including English, Bengali, Albanian, Latin and Tamil.[8]

Life and careerEdit

Rajeev Alunkal was born to the late Kandanatt S. Madhavan Nair and the late Karuvally R. Indira at Kadakkarappally Village in the Cherthala Taluk, Alappuzha District on 17 August 1973 and settled with family in the same place.

His first poem was published in 1987 at the age of 14 in the Nair Service Society's (NSS) Service Weekly. The poem won Mannam Trophy for best upcoming poet. He became a professional lyricist in 1994 in drama through Cherthala Shylaja Theatres. He made his debut in Malayalam film industry through the 2003 Malayalam movie Hariharanpillai Happiyanu.[9] Music composed by Stephen Devassy and the song Thinkal Nilavil became iconic.

In 2016, Rajeev got the chance to represent India at the South Asian Poet Meet held in Malaysia. On the occasion, he recited his poem that holds the principlesof humanity as its core, titled "Verukalude Vedhantham"

For about a quarter if a century, he has been to many universities, colleges and schools in India, interacting with scholars and intellectuals. As an motivational speaker, Rajeev Alunkal has delivered about 1000 speeches in and outside India, on topics that include, but are not limited to, cultural diversity and heritage of India, Advocating the importance of languages and art. [10]

The composition by Rajeev Alunkal for Energy Management Center (EMC), an initiative that advocates conservation of energy and environment, is a widely accepted and celebrated song.[11]

FilmographyEdit

Maharaani (2022)

Power Star (2022)

Nalla Samayam (2022)

The Hacker (2022)

Paappan (2022)

Udumbu (2021)

Vidhi (The Verdict) (2021)

Vellaaramaram Kunnile Vellimeenukal (2021)

Oru Vadakan Pennu (2020)

An International Local Story (2019)

Anakkallan (2018)

Chilappol Penkutty (2018)

Mere Pyara Desh Vasioum (2018)

Vaasavam (2018)

Shirk (2018)

Gagultha (2018)

Miyame (2018)

Theetta rappayi (2018)

Thakazhiyude kaatha (2018)

Devayanam (2017)

Shirk (2017)

Zebravarakal (2017)

The wrong turn (2017)

Melle (2017)

Kinginikootam (2017)

Nadodikal (2017)

Super Lotto Sukumaran (2017)

Rajalakshmi (2017)

Thenvarikka (2017)

Marubhoomikal (2017)

Vedam (2016)

Cell Phone (2016)

Aaradi (2016)

Happy Wedding (2016)

Kaatu Maakkan (2016)

Girls (2016)

One Day (2015)

She Taxi (2015)

Thousand (2015)

Swantham Ilanjikkavu P O (2015)

Ashamsakalode anna (2015)

ATM (2015)

Thakkali (2015)

I Phone (2015)

Aamayum Muyalum (2014)

Kaasu panam thuttu (2014)

Masala Republic (2014)

Study Tour (2014)

Medulla Oblongata (2014)

Flat No.4B (2014)

Angry Babies (2014)

Good, Bad & Ugly (2014)

Mithram (2014)

Nadodimannan (2013)

India today (2013)

Silence (2013)

KQ (2013)

Sound Thoma (2013)

BuntyChor (2013)

Mercury (2013)

Sadharanakkaran (2013)

Black Butterfly (2013)

Bangles (2013)

Lillies of March (2013)

My Fan Ramu (2013)

Mallu Singh (2012)

Chattakkari (2012)

Husbands in Goa (2012)

Romans (2012)

Isacc Newton Son of Philipose (2012)

Ponnu kondoru Alroopam (2012)

Njanum Ente Familyum (2012)

No.66 Madhura Bus (2012)

Ardha Naari (2012)

Arabeem Ottakom P. Madhavan Nayarum (2011)

Father's Day (2011)

Mrs Husbands (2011)

Jockie (2011)

Killadi Raman (2011)

My Dear Kuttichattan (new version) (2011)

Lucky Jockers (2011)

Sarkar Colony (2011)

Uppukandam Brothers (Part 2) (2011)

Kottarathil Kutty Bhootham(2011)

Ulakam Chuttum Valiban (2011)

Pachuvum Kovalanum (2011)

Oru Small Family (2010)

The Metro (2010)

Perumal (2009)

Sketch (2009)

Bharya Onnu Makkal Moonnu (2009)

Kancheepurathe Kalyanam (2009)

Love in Singapore (2009)

Hailesa (2009)

Akasha Gopuram(2009)

Bhagavaan (2009)

Hareendran Oru Nishkalankan (2008)

Anasuya (2008)

Homam (2008)

Rakshakan (2007)

Akasam (2007)

Black Cat (2007)

Indrajith (2007 film)

Malliswari the Prince (2007)

Anjiloral Arjunan (2007)

Bada Dosth (2006)

Kanaka Simhasanam (2006)

Colourful (2006)

Chathrapathi (2006)

Dubai Seenu (2006)

Kanal (2006)

Nilaavu Pole (2006)

Arya (2005)

Monolisa (2005)

Students (2004)

Vettam (2004)

Pranayamayi (2004)

Komban (2003)

Wanted (2003)

Mambazhakaalam (2003)

Hariharanpillai Happiyanu (2002)

PoemsEdit

  • Ekakikalude geetham
  • Achanum njaanum
  • Theresamma
  • Naaniyamma
  • Aaro oral
  • Kaatumallika
  • Puravritham
  • Deeptham
  • Yudasinu nandi
  • Kannaki
  • Verukalude Vedantham
  • Anaghashayan
  • Iniyetra naal
  • Enikkammayilla
  • Kunnikkuruvinte Maruku

Published booksEdit

  • Nilavilitheyyam- A collection of poems (2008)- Paridhi Publications, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Ente Priyageethangal – 1001 Selected songs (2009) – H&C Publications, Thrissur
  • Verukalude Vedantham – A collection of poems (2015) – DC Books, Kottayam
  • Pallotti Mittayi – A Collection of Children's Poem (2021) – Poorna Publications, Kozhikode.
  • Kanalpennu - A Collection of Poems (2022) — Maani Books, Alappuzha

PoemsEdit

  • Ekakikalude geetham
  • Achanum Njaanum
  • Theresamma
  • Naaniyamma
  • Aaro oral
  • Enik Ammayilla
  • Kannaki
  • Verukalude Vedantham
  • Anaghashayan
  • Iniyetranaal
  • Enikkammayilla
  • Kanalpennu
  • Gangashankaram

AwardsEdit

Year Awards Notes
2022 Ashan Bharathi Deshiya Sahithya Puraskaram[12][13] for his contribution to Arts and Cultural society
2021 URF National Record[14][15] for 4200 Song in three lyrical areas (Drama, Album, Cinema)
2020 Kedamangalam Sadanandan Kalasagara Puraskaram[16][17] for his overall contribution to the writing industry
2019 Gurusree Award Mumbai Sree Narayana Samithi for his 25 years of contribution

to the Art & Cultural Society[18]

2019 Kerala Film Critics Association Award Best Lyricist – Aanakallan "Vettam Thattum"[19]
2018 PN Panicker Memorial Yuva Prathibha Award for his overall contribution to the writing industry[20]
2017 JC Film Award for the song "Madhyana Sooryante" from the film "Aaradi"
2016 Kaumudi Teacher Award for his contribution to Arts and Cultural society[21]
2016 Kavyasree Award By Indo Malaysian Cultural Forum for "Verukalude Vedantham"
2015 Sambashivan Memorial Award For 20 years of poetic contribution to Film, Arts & Cultural society[22]
2015 Thikkurissi Award For Best Lyricist Angry Babies in Love – mele chelode
2012 Kerala Film Critics Association Awards For Best Lyricist Oru Marubhoomikkadha – Chempaka vallikalil
2012 Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy – "Kalasree Puraskaram" Lifetime Achievement Award[23]
2012 Rajan P Dev Award Best Lyricist for Drama
2012 S L Puram Sadanandan Award Best Lyricist for Drama
2012 Lohithadas Award Best Lyricist for Drama
2011 Asianet Mini-screen Award For Best Lyricist – Serial 'Harichandanam'
2010 Kaladarpanam Award From Art & Cultural movement of India
2009 Vayalar Ramavarma Film Awards For Best Lyricist – Film Bharya Onnu Makkal Moonnu, Song- 'Iniyum Kothiyode'
2007 Jeevan TV Award Best Lyricist – Album – Eakakikalude Geetham
2007 Haripriya Award Best collection of poems – Nilavili Theyyam
2006 Kerala Film Critics Association Awards For Best Lyricist Kanaka Simhasanam – Priyathame Shakunthale
2004 Kerala State Awards(Drama) For Best Lyricist
2002 EMS Award Best Lyricist for Drama
1997 Nana Gala POL

Award

Best Lyrics in Drama
1988 Mannam Trophy Best Upcoming poet

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