Madhavan Raveendran (Malayalam: മാധവൻ രവീന്ദ്രൻ), (born Kulathupuzha, Kollam, 9 November 1943 – died Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 3 March 2005), fondly known as Raveendran Master, was a popular South Indian music composer and playback singer from Kerala.[1][2][3] He composed songs for more than 150 films primarily for the Malayalam and Tamil film industries. He also composed a few albums, including Vasantha Geethangal, Ponnonatharangini and Rithugeethangal. Raveendran successfully composed melodies based on Hindustani Ragas also.

Raveendran Master
Raveendran Master
Background information
Birth nameMadhavan Raveendran
മാധവൻ രവീന്ദ്രൻ
Also known asRaveendran Master, Kulathupuzha Ravi
Born(1943-11-09)9 November 1943
Kulathupuzha, Travancore, British India
OriginKulathupuzha, Kollam, Kerala
Died3 March 2005(2005-03-03) (aged 61)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
GenresCarnatic music, Hindistani classical, Malayalam music, World music
Occupation(s)Film composer, music director, BGM composer,singer
InstrumentsHarmonium, vocals
Years active1979–2005

Early lifeEdit

Raveendran was born on 9 November, 1943, in Kulathupuzha, a small village in the present-day Kollam district. He is the seventh child (of nine children) of Late Madhavan and Late Lakshmi. His early life was filled with poverty, and he tried hard to complete his education. After his school days, he went to Swathi Thirunal Music College in Thiruvananthapuram, where he met K. J. Yesudas, and soon began a great friendship. Later, he went to Chennai (Then Madras) to fulfill his wish to be a playback singer. He then changed his name as 'Kulathupuzha Ravi'.

Musical careerEdit

He began his career as a playback singer with the song "Parvanarajanithan" from a Malayalam film, Velliyazhcha. He then became a master and associated with many Malayalam composers. He also dubbed voices for films during this time.

The great playback singer K. J. Yesudas, a former classmate, altered the course of Raveendran's life by persuading him to compose songs and thus he became a music director.

Director J. Sasikumar, commissioned Raveendran to compose the music for Choola (1979). The song "Tharake Mizhiyithalil Kannerumayi ...", sung by Yesudas, became a hit. Ever since, Raveendran led Malayalam film music with several hit songs.

Melody incorporated with the aspects of Carnatic music were the hallmark of his songs. He successfully composed melodies based on Hindustani ragas also. In 1981 he composed songs and back ground score for the movie Thenum Vayambum directed by Asok kumar. All songs including "Thenum vayambum" "Ottakkambi nadham" and "Manasoru kovil" became superhits. With the release of Thenum Vayambum (1981), Raveendran made his mark in the film field. In the same year he composed music and back ground score for the movie Chiriyo Chiri directed by Balachandramenon. The song "Ezhu swarangalum" from the movie "Chiriyo Chiri" is considered as a pathbreaking semi classical song in Malayalam. In 1982, for his close friend, director P. Venu he dubbed for actor Shankar in his film Aranjyanam and later composed music for his movie Thacholi Thankappan.

A few of Raveendran's best songs were in films like Thenum Vayambum, Chiriyo Chiri, Sukhamo Devi, Aattakalasam, Yuvajanotsavam, Amaram, His Highness Abdullah, Kamaladalam, Kizhakkunarum Pakshi, Champakulam Thachan, Dhanam, Aayirappara, Kalippattam, Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu', Nandanam, Rajashilpi, Bharatham and Aaraam Thampuran. The songs "Pramadhavanam Veendum" from the movie His Highness Abdullah and "Harimuraleeravam" from Aaraam Thampuran were among the most adored songs of that time. He shared a close relationship with the actor Mohanlal.He also composed songs and back ground score for 8 Tamil films like Hemavin kadhalargal, Rasigan oru rasigai, Kanmaniye pesu, Dharma devathai, Pottu vacha neram, Lakshmi vandhachu, Thaye nee thunai and Malare kurinji malare.

Non-cinematic albumsEdit

Some of his light music albums and devotional albums, which were most popular in the 1980s and 1990s through All India Radio and audio cassettes were Tharanginiyude Ulsava Gaanangal(festival songs) (1983, 1985), Vasantha Geethangal (1984), Ponnona Tharangini (1992), Amme Saranam Devi Saranam (1994), Sarana Theertham (1997) and Uthradapoonilave (2001). Raveendran did orchestration for Deepam Makaradeepam (1980) composed by BichuThirumala.

Personal lifeEdit

He was married to Shobha and has three sons. His youngest son, Naveen Madhav, is a playback singer in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film and twin sons Rajan Madhav, a film director, and Sajan Madhav, a music composer in Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil films. Yakshiyum njanum was the debut movie of Sajan Madhav as composer in Malayalam. Earlier he composed orchestration for the songs of Kalabham and also helped in orchestration of many songs composed by Raveendran.

Raveendran died at his home in Chennai following a cardiac arrest on 3 March 2005, aged only 61. He was suffering from throat cancer for a long time, and was under treatment when his end occurred. His last works Vadakkumnadhan and Kalabham were released posthumously in 2006.


As a playback singerEdit

He started his career as a playback singer for the 1969 movie Velliyazhcha for which the songs were composed by M. S. Baburaj. His first song was titled "Parvana rajanithan". For a decade, he struggled to get songs and even become a dubbing artist for films. He dubbed for actor Shankar in the movie Aranjaanam directed by P. Venu. As a music director, he sang some of his songs. In 1978 Raveendran sung a song (sandhya vandana geethikaluyarum sanyasikalude asramavadam) with Yesudas in the movie "AVAKASAM" directed by A B Raj.(Then he was called as kulathuppuzha Ravi) Music direction by M K Arjunan and Lyrics by Gopi Kottarappat.

Major awardsEdit

National Film Awards:

Kerala State Film Awards:

Filmfare Awards South:

Kerala Film Critics Award[6]

  • Best Music Director - Bharatham

Asianet Film Awards:

Notable songsEdit

See alsoEdit


  • M D Manoj Raveendra Sangeetham, Olive Publishers May 2010
  • Sobha (Raveend's wife) Raveendra sangeetham Kelkatha ragangal, 2011


  1. ^ "Raveendran". IMDb. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  2. ^ Pradeep, K. (25 August 2011). "The complete musician". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Remembering Raveendran". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Filmfare for Raveendran mentioned in 39th National Film Awards catalogue" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  5. ^ https://archive.today/20170208063321/https://archive.org/details/39thAnnualFilmfareMalayalamBestActorDirectorMusic
  6. ^ "Film Critics Award 1991" – via YouTube.

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