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K P Udayabhanu, renowned Malayalam Playback singer passes away

kpuVeteran playback singer KP Udayabhanu passed away at his residence in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday, the 5th of January 2014. He was 78. Udayabhanu has been bedridden for about two years.

An artiste with All India Radio for decades, Udayabhanu had sung several songs for Malayalam cinema, out of which many were all-time hits. He, however, never made films his full time career.He made his debut with the mid-1950s hit ‘Nayaru Pidicha Pulivalu’, in which he sang a popular number penned by eminent director and writer P Bhaskaran for which music was set by K Raghavan, who died only a few months ago. After the debut, Udayabhanu was roped in not only by Raghavan, also his colleague with AIR, and M.S. Baburaj but also by other top-notch composers like G. Devarajan.

Udayabhanu’s career peaked with his all-time hits in ‘Ramanan’, based on the pastoral elegy written by one of the greatest Malayalam poets Changapuzha Krishna Pillai. Udayabhanu also enriched the ‘light music’ branch by singing and giving music to scores of songs during his long years with AIR.

Udayabhanu leaves behind more than 60 songs which are still popular among music lovers. His rendition ‘Kananana chaayayil aadumekkan’ in the film Ramanan transcended generations, morphing itself into a proverbial romantic classic song. Udayabhanu made his debut as playback singer in 1958 with the song ‘Enthinithra Panchasara’ for film ‘Nayaru Pidicha Pulival’ .He sang another song with P Leela ‘Velutha Penne’ for the same film. His songs “Anuraga Nadakathil (Ninamaninja Kaalpadukal), Kanana Chayayil (Ramanan), Thamara Thumbi Vaavaa (Puthiya Aakasam Puthiya Bhoomi) found swift appeal and became super hits.

His wife Vijayalekshmi had died in 2007. He is survived by his son Rajeev Udayabhanu.


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