Raveendran was born in Kollam, Kerala on 9 November 1941 as Kulathupuzha Ravi. He is associated with the Malayalam and Tamil Music industry. He began his career in music as a singer. He worked as a playback singer and then as a music composer. His first song was ‘Parvanarajanithan’ in the Malayalam movie ‘Velliyazhcha’ in 1969. He married Shobha and has three sons.
Ravi met a sad demise at the age of 63 after suffering from cancer. M. Raveendran is a famous singer and music composer of South Indian film industry. He has contributed greatly to the Carnatic music, Hindustani Classical, and world music. He was first praised for his music composition in the movie ‘
’ in 1979. He was thoroughly involved in music beyond these periods. After the tremendous success of his album ‘
’ in 1981, he became a legend. He has also worked as a dubbing actor and music director.
Ravi was known for his unique style of singing and composition. He has created a benchmark in the Malayalam industry with his contributions. Some of his notable songs are ‘Harimuraleeravam', ‘Pramadhavanam', ‘Ramakadha’, ‘Alila Manjalil’, ‘Chirio Chiri’, ‘Tharattu’, ‘Surya Gayathri’, ‘
’, ‘Kuttettan’, ‘Bharatham’, ‘Kanmadam’, ‘Azhake’, ‘Raagangale’, ’Ganga’, ‘Thallam Thettiya’, ‘Manja Kelliyude’, ‘Etho Nidrathan’, ‘Kalabham Tharaam’, ‘Deepam deepam’, ‘Moovanthi thazhvarayii’, ‘Hridayam oru veenayai,’ ‘Aalila manjali,’ ‘Devsandhya Gopurathil.’ These songs have a distinct melodious tune. Some of his famous albums which were hummed all over were ‘Vasantha Geethangal’, ‘Raja Shilpi’ and ‘Uthradapoonilave’. ‘Ponnona Tharingini’, ‘Uthradapoonilave,’ ‘Amme Saranam Devi Saranam’ and ‘Sarana Theertham’ were the popular non-cinematic albums of the 1990s.
He has given us some non-stop hits of the time. His great contribution makes it evident that he had made a dominant mark in the industry. He was known as the musical maestro in his field of work. Ravi has a lot of awards at his merit. He was honored with National Film Award in 1992 for ‘Bharatham.’ He was awarded Kerala State film Awards twice for best music director. His Malayalam composition ‘His Highness Abdullah’ and ‘Mazhayethum Munpe’ has also received Film fare award.
He has one Asianet Award and Two Kerala State Film Awards to his credit. He was honored posthumously in 2006 for ‘Vadakkumnadhan’ as the best music director. Ravi, as he is fondly called, has left a majestic legacy of music for generations to emulate. He is a legend that the Malayalam industry has witnessed. He will be remembered forever for his unparalleled compositions in music.