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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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