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Raveendran Master
Background information
Birth name Kulathupuzha Ravi
കുളത്തൂപ്പുഴ രവി
Also known as Raveendran Master, Ravi
Born (1941-11-09)November 9, 1941
Kulathupuzha, Travancore, British India
Origin Kulathupuzha, Kollam, Kerala
Died March 3, 2005(2005-03-03) (aged 63)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Genres Carnatic music, Hindistani classical, Malayalam music, World music
Occupations Film composer, music director, singer
Instruments Harmonium, vocals
Years active 1979–2005
Website www.facebook.com/raveendranmd

M. Raveendran (Malayalam: രവീന്ദ്ര൯) (born Kulathupuzha, Kollam, 9 November 1941) fondly known as "Raveendran Master", was a popular South Indian music composer and playback singer from Kerala. He was always referred to as the aristocratic music director of Malayalam who had a distinctive style of his own. He composed more than 150 films primarily for the Malayalam and Tamil film industries. He also composed a few albums including Vasantha Geethangal.

Early life[edit]

Raveendran joined the Swathi Thirunal College of Music in Thiruvananthapuram after completing his formal schooling. He learned music along with the noted singer K.J. Yesudas. Poverty in the family in his childhood was used as a stepping stone for the hard days ahead in his career as a singer and musician.

Kulathoopuzha Ravi (before changing his name to Raveendran) had earlier sung 30 odd songs under various noted music directors including Baburaj, but a lack of opportunities in the field made him a dubbing artist and a singer in an orchestra troop. Then he turned to scoring music.

He has composed many soulful melodies. He started his career as a playback singer in the 1970s and became one of the foremost music directors in South India, composing about 1,500 songs for 450 films, in addition to a number of light music and devotional albums.

Musical career[edit]

Raveendran Master with his harmonium

He began his career as a playback singer with the song "Parvanarajanithan" from a Malayalam film, Velliyazhcha. He then became a master and assosciated with many Malayalam composers. He also dubbed voices for films during this time.

The famous playback singer K. J. Yesudas, a former classmate, altered the course of Raveendran's life by persuading him to compose songs and thus he become a music director.

Director J. Sasikumar, commissioned Raveendran to score the music for Choola (1979). The song "Tharake Mizhiyithalil Kannerumayi…", sung by Yesudas, became a hit. Ever since, Raveendran led Malayalam film music with several hit songs.

Melody incorporated with the aspects of Carnatic music were the hallmark of his songs. With the release of Thenum Vayambum (1981), Raveendran made his mark in the film field. The songs, "Thenum Vayambum…", "Ottakkambi Naadam…" and "Pramadhavanam" are still highly sought-after songs for Malayalees.

A few of Raveendran's best songs were in films like Thenum Vayambum, Amaram, His Highness Abdullah, Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu', Nandanam, Rajashilpi, Bharatham and Aaraam Thampuran. The songs "Pramadhavanam Veendum" from the movie His Highness Abdullah and "Harimuraleeravam" from Aaraam Thampuran were among the most adored songs of that time. He shared a close relationship with the actor Mohanlal.

Non-cinematic albums[edit]

Album Cover of Raveendran's 2005 Album Raveendra Geethangal.
Album Cover of Raveendran's 2005 Album Raveendra Geethangal.

Some of his light music albums and devotional albums, which were most popular in the 1980s and 1990s through All India Radio and audio cassettes were Ulsava Gaanangal(festival songs) (1983, 1985), Vasantha Geethangal (1984), Ponnona Tharangini (1992), Amme Saranam Devi Saranam (1994), Sarana Theertham (1997) and Uthradapoonilave (2001).

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Shobha and has three sons. His youngest son, Naveen Madhav, is a playback singer in Tamil film and twin sons Rajan Madhav, a film director and Sajan Madhav, a music composer in Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil films.

He died in Chennai following a cardiac arrest on 3 March 2005. He was also suffering from esophageal cancer. His last works Vadakkumnadhan and Kalabham were released posthumously.

Selected discography[edit]

As a playback singer[edit]

He started his career as a playback singer for the 1969 movie Velliyazhcha for which the scores were done by M. S. Baburaj. His first song was titled "Parvana rajanithan". For a decade, he struggled to get songs and even become a dubbing artist for films. As a music director, he sang some of his songs.

Major awards[edit]

National Film Awards:

Kerala State Film Awards:

Asianet Film Awards:

Notable songs[edit]

See also[edit]


  • M D Manoj Raveendra Sangeetham, Olive Publishers May 2010
  • Sobha (Raveend's wife) Raveendra sangeetham Kelkatha ragangal, 2011


External links[edit]

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Tue, 25 Mar 2014 05:01:04 -0700

While interacting with the press during Kollam Press Club's 'Lok Sabha 2014' programme, Raveendran said some people could not come to terms with VS ending his squabbles with the CPM leadership to enhance the Left front's performance in the coming ...
Times of India
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:26:15 -0700

The actor appeared to have his higher hopes elsewhere, not in Chennai North and Chennai Central, where DMDK candidates M Soundarapandian and J K Raveendran are trying their luck. DMK insiders confide that Chennai Central is their sure-shot win in ...
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:26:15 -0700

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Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:15:00 -0700

AFP Photo/Raveendran. The commission's directive follows complaints by political parties that yoga guru Ramdev was using his programmes to campaign for the BJP. The EC said it has come to its notice that in certain places while permission was sought by ...
The New Indian Express
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:37:30 -0700

“Whatever tricks they had played to win the election will not work in their favour. The UDF candidate's vote share will increase,'' Muraleedharan said. However, CPI state secretary Pannyan Raveendran rubbished Muraleedharan's charges, saying that no ...

Hindu Business Line

Hindu Business Line
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:18:45 -0700

J Constandine Raveendran of DMDK, a part of the BJP alliance, says there is resentment. CD Meiyappan of the Congress focuses on the Dravidian parties' silence on post-poll alliances, and the welfare schemes of his party at the Centre. (This article was ...
The Hindu
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:38:26 -0700

Raveendran alias Pooda Ravi, known for defending himself in courts without the help of lawyers and having a registry of over 100 theft cases in his name, and Sashi alias Kavanadu Sashi, who has over 20 chain-snatching cases in his kitty, too were ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:33:45 -0700

R. Raveendran, Member, Divisional Railway Users Consultative Council, says that the job was only half done. Senior citizens and differently abled have got only 50 per cent of the benefit. Echoing Mr. Nanjundan's words, he says that the real benefit ...

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