When Anil Panachooran sang ‘Chora Veena Mannil Ninnum’ and ‘‘Thirike Njan…’ from the movie Arabikkatha, it had us burst with revolutionary pride and cry our eyes out. It was one of the songs that were written with heart and soul and continue to live on to be one of Anil’s best work. Whether you’re a boomer who loves jamming to the songs of the 90s or a millennial who listens to remixes, Anil Panachooran’s songs are bound to catch your attention because of the emotions poured into the lyrics. Unfortunately, this legend passed away at the age of 55 on 3rd January while battling coronavirus. #NewYearNewDeath
Not many people are aware of this, but Anil Panachooran was a lawyer by profession. He did his law degree from Kerala Law Academy Law College, located in Trivandrum. He came into the limelight after his striking stint as a singer-songwriter, working for Lal Jose’s Arabikkatha. Ever since there was no looking back. His career shot through the roof as he ventured into the field of cinema and poetry. Some of his famous poem releases are Anaadhan, Valayil Veena Kilikal, Pranayakalam, Oru Mazha Peythengil, and Kanneerkanalukal.
He also wrote songs for well-known Malayalam movies. One such viral song, which we still love grooving to, is Vyathyasthanam oru barber… from Kadha Parayumbol. In fact, the Entammede Jimikki Kammal song that went super-viral upon its release, even internationally, was by Anil.
What Anil Panachooran has left behind is a legacy of songs and poems, penned down over a span of 30 years. Many people went on to Twitter to share their condolences. Have a look:
I am shocked to hear the news of the demise of beloved poet and lyricist Anil Panachooran.— Kadakampally Surendran (@kadakampalli) January 3, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family, friends & all those who loved & adored Anil.
Tributes to the poet who wrote "The idea of equality will never die!"
Lal Salaam Anil ✊ pic.twitter.com/diukAD25KF
Anil Panachooran has left us leaving behind his evergreen poems and lyrics. His works are so gripping and shall live forever.— Ramesh Chennithala (@chennithala) January 3, 2021
Sharing my grief with his family and friends.
May his poetic soul Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/B6661B65Nc
Anil Panachooran will always remain a talented poet and will continue to do so through his songs and our emotions attached to them.