Thiruvananthapuram: Poet and lyricist Chunakkara Ramankutty (84) passed away here on Thursday. He died at a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. He has composed many hit songs such as ‘Shyamameghame Nee’ from ‘Adhipan’ and ‘Hridaya Vaniyile Gayakayayo’ from Kottayam Kunjachan.
He was born on January 19, 1936, at Chunakkara Kariyattil house in Mavelikkara. He graduated in Malayalam from NSS College, Pandalam. He has written over 200 songs for over 75 films.
He entered the film industry in 1978 with the song Apsarakanyaka from the film Ashram. He has also written plays for All India Radio.