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Brief Biography

Modern Malayalam poet and lyricist Vayalar Ramavarma  belonged to an aristocratic family, but became a poet of the proletariat inspired by revolutionary ideals. His poems are interspersed with romantic ideas of "revolution" and the triumph of science over religion. He was identified with the leftist political movement in Kerala.

Vayalar penned about 2000 songs for 223 Malayalam movies, many reflecting the joys and sorrows of the common man. In the next century after his death, the movie songs he wrote are still popular among Malayalis. The songs is the one he wrote for theatre, the KPAC naatakagaanam, "Balikudeerangalae" among his most popular ones.

Recently, his wife Bharathy Thamburatty wrote a controversial  biography about the poet, Indradhanussin Theerathu. Vayalar has dedicated his life to music and now his son Vayalar Sharath Chandravarma is also thought to a very talented lyricist.

His most renowned poetry anthologies include Paadamudrakal (1948), Konthayum Poonoolum, Enikku Maranamilla(1955), Mulankaadu (1955), Oru Judas Janikkunnu (1955), Ente Maattolikkavithakal (1957) and Sargasangeetham (1961).



Discography
Lahari
Sandhya Vandanam
Priyadarsini
Vezhambal
Yakshaganam
Theekkanal
Romeo
Thomasleeha
Sooryavamsam
Rasaleela
Neelaponman
Manishada
Kottaram Vilkanundu
Dharmakshethre Kurukshethre
Chalanam
Alibabayum 41 Kallanmarum
Suprabhatham
Nadeenadanmare Avasyamundu Awards
Kerala Sahithya Academy Award in 1961 for Sargasangeetham
President's Gold Medal for best movie song lyrics in 1974
Kerala State Film Award for Best Lyricist (thrice)
Trivia
The Vayalar award for Malayalam literature, given on October 27 each year, was instituted in his memory.