Friday 26 November 2021 9:36 AM UTC
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Nov 26: Malayalee lyricist and poet Bichu Thirumala, who penned popular film songs known for their poetic quality, passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest here on Friday.
Bichu Thirumala was admitted to S. K. hospital in Thiruvananthapuram with breathing problems and had suffered a heart attack as well. He had been on ventilator support after his condition worsened, and died on 26 November 2021 at the age of 80.
B. Sivasankaran Nair popularly known as Bichu Thirumala, along with O. N. V. Kurup, is known for creating the style of arranging beautiful words in Malayalam film songs.
In Malayalam cinema, Bichu Thirumala led the group of lyricists who wrote songs for readymade tunes. He won the Kerala State Film Award for the best lyricist two times.
His prolific Malayalam film repertoire includes work with eminent composers like G. Devarajan, V. Dakshinamurthy, M.S. Baburaj, K. Raghavan, M.S. Viswanathan, A.T. Ummer, Shyam, K.J. Joy, Shankar–Ganesh, Jaya Vijaya, Raveendran, Jerry Amaldev, Johnson, Ouseppachan, Ilaiyaraaja, A. R. Rahman and the list goes on.
Bichu Thirumala was born to C.G. Bhaskaran Nair and Sasthamangalam Pattanikkunnu Veettil Parukutty Amma in Thiruvananthapuram. He was the eldest child of his parents. His siblings are late Balagopalan, popular singer P. Susheela Devi and music director Darshan Raman. He was married to Prasanna and they had a son named Suman Bichu (Music Director).
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