Born on December 4th, 1930, at Thiruvattar, in Kanyakumari, now Tamil Nadu, Kamukara Purushothaman is a famous Indian Malayalam playback singer. He was the child of Parameswara Kurup and Lekshmikkutty Amma, who themselves were skilled in classic and native music. He was trained by Karnatic music master Thiruvattar Arumugham Pillai Bhagavathar, at very early age with his sister, Leela Omchery, a known vocalist and musicologist. His profession introduction was at the local temple, Aadi Keshava Temple, Thiruvattar. At the age of 15, he began performing music shows. By the age of 20, he turned into an artist at Trivandrum Broadcasting Corporation and got to be distinctly dynamic in All India Radio music programs. He had sung Light music at All India Radio Station many circumstances. When he was 23 years old, his first film music was recorded in the year 1953.
From there on he was offered tunes in many movies and amid the 50's and 60's era, Kamukara was on the peak as a playback artist in Malayalam as well as in other South Indian Languages also. He had sung tunes for more than 125 movies and the vast majority of them were big hits at that time and numerous of them are still extremely prominent and over again. He sang tunes under music composers such as 'B.A.Chidambaranath, BrotherLakshmanan, Dakshinamoorthy, K.Raghavan, M.S.Baburaj, L.P.R.Varma, M.B.Sreenivasan, Shyam, Darsan Raman, Jerry Amaldev, Mohan Sithara, Raveendran, A.T.Ummer' etc. This fervent lover of music has led more than 5000 stage performances both in India and abroad for the interest and fame he delighted in the realm of music.
The voice, that sang "Athmavidyalayame.. ", "Eswarachinthayithonne..", "Ekanthathayude..." and so forth, Still echoes in the heart of millions rising above space and time. The profound resonating experienced voice enamored the classes and the masses. Kamukara Purushothaman with A.P.
and other prominent senior artists framed a music troupe by the name 'Old is Gold' and performed arrange programs all over India and abroad which pulled in an extensive area of individuals. Kamukara Purushothaman left this world on May 26, 1995, at the age of 64, deserting that opulent feeling filled great voice and pleasant melodies for satisfaction for the coming eras moreover. The profundity of feelings Kamukara passed on through his voice was incomparable.
In memory of the legendary playback singer, Kamukara award established. The honor includes Rs.25, 000, a statuette composed by craftsman Bhattathiri and a reference. The beneficiaries of this award are K Raghavan, V Dakshinamoorthy, P Leela, K J Yesudas, P Suseela, S Janaki, M S Viswanathan, M G Radhakrishnan and M K Arjunan and many other artists. This prestige award is presented to prominent Indian playback singers for their contributions to Malayalam cinema music.