Family sources said that he was keeping unwell quite some time and had to be admitted to the co-operative hospital a few days back. His most famous 1950s hit 'Neelakkuyil' added a feature in the hat of his popularity. In fact, he sung a song in the film himself that shot him to fame.
He had composed music for over 400 films, which included Nirmalyam','Utharayanam', 'Nagaramendi', 'Unniyarcha', 'Ramanan' and 'Kallichellamma.' Fot his immense contribution in the Malayalam film industry, he won several awards like Padma Shree and Kerala Government's highest film honour J C Daniel award.
Earlier a staff artist in All India Radio, this music director's contribution in Malayalam light music and drama was also commendable.