Popular Malayalam lyricist Poovachal Khader dies of Covid-19

A number of well-known people and celebrities have lately succumbed to the Corona virus, and now another name has been added to the list. Popular lyricist in Malayalam films Poovachal Khader succumbed to Covid-19 as he breathed his last at the state-run Medical College Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram.

The 72-year-old was under treatment for a while and suffered a cardiac arrest past Tuesday midnight, said family sources. The last rites would be conducted, here, later Tuesday.

Hailing from the capital city suburbs Poovachal, it was in 1973 that he entered the Malayalam film industry and has been busy till 2011. In a career spanning over four decades he wrote lyrics for over 400 Malayalam films for 1,500 Malayalam film songs, some of which have turned into immortal hits.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condoled the death of Khader and described it as a huge loss to the social milieu of the state.

"He will probably go down as the person who wrote the maximum lyrics for the film industry. He will be very badly missed," said Vijayan.