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Yusufali Kechery (Yūsaphali Kēccēri; യൂസഫലി കേച്ചേരി 16 May 1934 – 21 March 2015) was a poet, film lyricist, film producer and director from Kerala, India. He wrote during the modern era of Malayalam poetry and won the Odakkuzhal Award, the Kerala Sahitya Academy Award and the Vallathol Award.
|Died||March 21, 2015 (aged 80)|
|Occupation||Film Director, film producer, poet, film lyricist|
K. P. Narayana Pisharody was Kechery's Sanskrit teacher and taught him free of cost for four years. Kechery's poetry works include Sainaba, Aayiram Navulla Mounam, Anchu Kanyakakal, Nadabhramam, Amrithu, Kecheri Puzha, Anuragagaanam Pole, Aalila, Kadhaye Premicha Kavitha, Perariyatha Nombaram and Ahaindavam.
He also directed the films Vanadevatha (1977) and Neelathamara (1979). He wrote the lyrics for the songs in the film Dhwani, which were composed by musician Naushad. In 2000 he was awarded a National Award for a Sanskrit song written for the Malayalam film Mazha (Rain).
- 1985: Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award — Aayiram Naavulla Maunam
- 1987: Odakkuzhal Award — Kechery Puzha
- 1988: Asan Smaraka Kavitha Puraskaram — Kechery Puzha
- 1990: Asan Smaraka Kavitha Puraskaram
- 2012: Vallathol Award
- 2012: Balamani Amma Award
- 2013: Kerala Sahitya Akademi Fellowship
- 1993: Kerala State Film Award for Best Lyrics - Ghazal
- 1994: Kerala State Film Award for Best Lyrics - Parinayam
- 1998: Kerala State Film Award for Best Lyrics - Sneham
- 1999: Asianet Film Award for Best Lyricist -Deepasthambham Mahascharyam
- 2000: National Film Award for Best Lyricist - Mazha
- Prem Nazir Award
- Kunchacko Memorial Award
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