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Pukazhenthi
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Background information
Birth name Velappan Nair
Born (1927-09-27)27 September 1927
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Died February 27, 2005(2005-02-27) (aged 77)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Genres Film score, theatre
Occupations Composer, music director
Years active 1965–1995
Associated acts K. V. Mahadevan

Velappan Nair (September 27, 1929 – February 27, 2005), popularly known as Pukazhenthi, was an Indian music director of Malayalam, Tamil and Telegu films.

Biography[edit]

Pukazhenthi was born on 27 September 1929, in Thiruvananthapuram, to Keshapillai and Janaki Amma. He did his schooling at V. M. School, Chala. He adopted the name of the famous Tamil poet Pukazhenthi on starting his career as a music director. He started his career as a music director scoring music for the songs of the Tamil play Thozhan. His guru M. P. Sivam (M. Parameswaran Nair) introduced him to music director K. V. Mahadevan, which was a turning point in his career. Pukezhenthi worked as Mahadevan's associate in 250 films in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. After scoring music for a few Tamil films, Pukazhenthi debuted in Malayalam with Muthalali (1965). Within a career spanning more than 15 years, he scored just 12 films in Malayalam, but most of them had several evergreen songs. He also scored a few Tamil and Telegu films, and some devotional songs in all the four South Indian languages. His last work came in 1995.

Filmography[edit]

Malayalam
Tamil

References[edit]


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3 news items

 
Washington Post
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:02:36 -0700

“This species was extinct in the wild in the 1960s,” said their caretaker, Budhan Pukazhenthi, a research scientist. Scientists started breeding the few captive horses that remained in that decade. Now there are 1,600 globally mostly due to artificial ...
 
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:05:56 -0700

“This species was extinct in the wild in the 1960s,” said their caretaker, Budhan Pukazhenthi, a research scientist. Scientists started breeding the few captive horses that remained in that decade. Now there are 1,600 globally, mostly from artificial ...

Smithsonian Science

Smithsonian Science
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:56:15 -0700

Micaela Jemison from Smithsonian Science talks to Pukazhenthi and animal keeper Dolores Reed about the artificial insemination program that lead to the birth of the special filly. Smithsonian Science is a part of the Smithsonian and was granted special ...
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