Anil Panachooran Dies at 55 but his Legacy Will Live On

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:

Anil Panachooran will always remain a talented poet and will continue to do so through his songs and our emotions attached to them.

Aishwarya Gopinath
A foodie at heart, an aspiring novelist, and an enthusiastic writer by nature, I love to dig deep into culture and lifestyle of the place and people around me. I hope to make people cry, laugh, smile, angry, and satisfied with my writing.


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