was a noted veteran Malayalam music composer, died on March 14, 2006 in Chennai, at the age of 79.
Devarajan master has scored music for more than three hundred Malayalam films, many dramas, twenty Tamil and four Kannada movies. Many of his compositions remain ever green classics in Malayalam. Besides, his music in the Tamil film ‘Annai Velankanni’ has received many accolades. Devarajan received Kerala Government’s Best Music Director award for five times, among other honours.
Born at Paravur, near Kollam in Kerala, Devarajan rendered his first classical concert at the age of 18. He was soon attracted to the Communist movement and decided to dedicate his creative energy for popular music. He joined the once famous drama troupe of Kerala, the Kerala People’s Arts Club (KPAC). The work that brought him to limelight was the drama song titled Ponnarivaal ambiliye kanneriyunnoole. KPAC and its members had a distinctive leaning towards the communist ideology, and their dramas did play a role in spreading the ideology among the Keralite masses. Through his compositions, Devarajan could cast an indelible imprint in the Malayali theatre arena, especially after the famous K.P.A.C drama Ningalenne Communistaakki written by Thoppil Bhaasi in 1952.