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Prolific lyricist Yusufali Kechery dies

Prolific lyricist Yusufali Kechery dies

Kochi: Veteran lyricist and film personality Yusufali Kechery passed away at a private hospital here on Saturday evening. He was 81.

Since the beginning of this year, Kechery's health was deteriorating and was in the hospital for long.

A poet of the modern era, he had won several awards for his poetry which include the Odakkuzhal, Kerala Sahitya Academy and Vallathol awards.

He also wrote film lyrics, produced and also directed Malayalam films. A multifaceted personality, he began his career as a lawyer and also did freelance writing.

Beginning his film career in the early 1970s, he wore several hats - of that of a producer, lyricist and also director.

Winner of numerous film awards, he also won a National Award for a Sanskrit song written for the Malayalam film "Mazha" (Rain) released in 2000.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy described Kechery's death as a loss for the state.

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