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Vayalar Ramavarma (25 March 1928 – 27 October 1975), often known as Vayalar, was a Malayalam language poet and lyricist from the southern Indian state of Kerala. His works include Sargasangeetham, Mulankaadu, Padamudrakal, Aayisha, Oru Judas janikkunnu.

Vayalar Ramavarma
Vatalar Ramavarma.jpg
Background information
Native name
വയലാർ രാമവർമ്മ
Born(1928-03-25)25 March 1928
Vayalar, Alleppey, Travancore
Died27 October 1975(1975-10-27) (aged 47)
Government Medical College, Trivandrum
Occupation(s)Lyricist, poet
Years active1956–1975



Bust of Vayalar Ramavarma in Manaveeyam Veedhi, Thiruvananthapuram.
The memorial to the poet at his home 'Raghava Parambu', in Vayalar

Vayalar was born in the village of Vayalar, in Alappuzha district, Kerala.[citation needed] His parents were Vellarappally Kerala Varma and Vayalar Raghavaparambil Ambalika Thamburatty. He was awarded the Kerala Sahithya Academy Award (Kerala literary academy award) in 1961 for Sargasangeetham, the President's gold medal for best lyricist in 1974, and the Kerala state film award for best lyricist three times. The Vayalar award for Malayalam literature, given on 27 October (the anniversary of his death) each year, was instituted in his memory.[citation needed]

Vayalar wrote about 2000 songs for 223 Malayalam movies[1] and for several plays.

Published worksEdit

  • Poetry collections:
    • Paadamudrakal (1948)
    • Konthayum Poonoolum
    • Enikku Maranamilla (1955)
    • Mulankaadu (1955)
    • Oru Judas Janikkunnu (1955)
    • Ente Maattolikkavithakal (1957)
    • Sargasangeetham (1961)
  • Short poems:
    • Aayisha
  • Collected songs:
    • Ente Chalachitragaanangal in 6 parts
  • Stories collection:
    • Raktham Kalarnna Mannu
    • Vettum Thiruthum
  • Essays:
    • Purushaantharangaliloode
  • Collected works:
    • Vayalar Krithikal
    • Vayalar Kavithakal


  1. ^ "Songs by Vayalar".

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