Kerala: VM Kutty, who gave recognition to ‘Mappila Pattu’, passes away, CM Pinarayi Vijayan mourns

केरल: ‘मप्पिला पट्टू’ को पहचान दिलाने वाले वीएम कुट्टी का निधन‘, सीएम पिनराई विजयन ने जताया शोक

VM Kutty passes away (file photo)

VM Kutty Passes Away, considered the uncrowned king of Kerala’s Muslim folk songs ‘Mappila Pattu’, died on Wednesday at a private hospital here due to heart ailment. Family sources gave this information. VM Kutty was 86 years old. Kutty, a resident of Pulikkal near Kondotti in Malappuram district, contributed immensely in popularizing ‘Mappila Pattu’, a cultural identity of the state’s Muslim community, especially in Malabar (North Kerala).

‘Mappila Pattu’, a folklore Muslim song genre, is sung in the colloquial dialect of Malayalam along with Arabic. Kutty was earlier a teacher in a local school. Thereafter, he composed the ‘Mappila Songs’ through research into centuries-old Arab-origin music. His artistic career began at the age of 20 with the presentation of ‘Mappila Pattu’ on the radio.

Kutty wrote more than 1000 songs

It was he who performed ‘Mappila Pattu’ for the first time on stage and also formed a music troupe for it in the southern state. For many years, he also popularized ancient folk songs, which were then confined to a few Muslims. Kutty has also written more than 1000 songs and many books. ‘Mappila Pattinte Lokami’, ‘Bathigitangal’, ‘Kuruthikunju’ and ‘Bashir Mala’ are among his famous books. A recipient of the ‘Sangeet Natak Akademi Award’, Kutty also served as a secretary in the ‘Institute of Mappila Studies’ for a long time.

CM Vijayan expressed grief

Condoling his death, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that Kutty was a genius who played a vital role in popularizing ‘Mappila Pattu’ and taking the music genre to new heights. “Kutty, who composed and sang more than a thousand songs, also made a huge presence in the film industry. Due to this, he was able to popularize the music genre across Kerala and win many hearts.

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