Vayalar Ramavarma often known as Vayalar, was a modern Malayalam poet and lyricist. He was born in March 28, 1928 in the village of Vayalar, in Alappuzha district, Kerala. Vayalar belonged to an aristocratic family but became a poet of the proletariat inspired by revolutionary ideals. His parents were Vellarappally Kerala Varma and Vayalar Raghavaparambil Ambalika Thamburatty.He was awarded Kerala Sahithya Academy Award (Kerala literary academy award) in 1961 for Sargasangeetham, the President's gold medal for best lyricist in 1974, and the Kerala state film award for best lyricist three times. Vayalar wrote about 2000 songs for 223 Malayalam movies and for several plays. Decades past his death, the movie songs he wrote are still popular among Malayalis. Among his most popular songs is the one he wrote for theatre, the KPAC naatakagaanam, "Balikudeerangalae" Many of his poems contain romantic notions about "revolution" and about the triumph of science over religion. He was associated with the leftist political movement in Kerala. The "Vayalar-Devarajan" was a prolific lyricist-composer combination which lasted till the death of Vayalar. He died in October 27, 1975. His wife Bharathy Thamburatty wrote a controversial biography about the poet, Indradhanussin Theerathu. Vayalar has dedicated his life to music and now his son Vayalar Sharath Chandravarma is also thought to a very talented lyricist.
Major Works Of Vayalar
1.Poetry collections: Paadamudrakal, Konthayum Poonoolum, Enikku Maranamilla, Mulankaadu, Oru Judas Janikkunnu, Ente Maattolikkavithakal, Sargasangeetham, Khandakaavyam: Aayisha
2. Collected songs: Ente Chalachitragaanangal in 6 parts
The Vayalar award was instituted in his memory. This Award is given for the best literary work in Malayalam, on October 27 each year, the death anniversary of Vayalar. Vayalar award was instituted in 1977 by the Vayalar Ramavarma Memorial Trust in memory of the poet and lyricist Vayalar Ramavarma. A sum of Rs.25,000/-, a silver plate and certificate constitutes the award. It is presented each year on October 27, the death anniversary of Vayalar.