Veteran Malayalam lyricist and poet B Sivasankaran Nair, popularly known as Bichu Thirumala, passed away on Friday in Thiruvananthapuram. He was 80 years old.
Bichu Thirumala was admitted to hospital Wednesday after suffering a heart attack. He had been on ventilation. However, during the early hours of Friday, he took one last breath while still under medical care.
Bichu Thirumala entered the film industry as a lyricist with Bhaja Govindam, who came out in 1972. And he never looked back. He went on to write more than 3,000 songs for movies in Malayalam. Between the 1970s and 1990s, he collaborated with prominent musicians, including MS Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraaja, G Devarajan, V Dakshinamurthy, MS Baburaj, K Raghavan, Ouseppachan, and AR Rahman, among others. He also wrote numerous devotional songs. He won the prestigious Kerala State Awards twice in his career.
Many have mourned the death of Bichu Thirumala, including Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
“It is sad to hear about the disappearance of Shri #BichuThirumala, a prominent lyricist and poet whose melodies written over three decades captivated all sectors of the people alike. My deepest condolences. May his soul reach out to Mukti, ”read a message of condolence posted on Kerala Governor Shri Arif Mohammed Khan’s Twitter account.
The Honorable Governor Shri Arif Mohammed Khan said: “It is sad to hear about the disappearance of Shri #BichuThirumala, noted lyricist and poet whose melodies written over three decades captivated all sectors of the people alike. My deepest condolences. May your soul reach Mukti ”: PRO, KeralaRajBhavan pic.twitter.com/Y8Asq3wNA2
– Governor of Kerala (@KeralaGovernor) November 26, 2021
Bichu Thirumala is survived by his wife Prasanna and son Suman Bichu, who is a musical director.