mouicon G Venugopal

Kozhikode, the cultural capital of Malabar, has a rich cultural heritage which is adorned by gifted musicians, artists, thinkers, activists and many more. Kozhikode Abdul Khader, with his musical genius and hundreds of evergreen songs, is undoubtedly a glowing gem among them. His songs ‘engane nee marakkum kuyile’, ‘Njanpaadanorthoru madhurithagaanam..’, ‘Tharakamirulilmaayukayo..’ and ‘Thankakinakkalhridayeveeshum..’ are indeed milestones in our musical history. Abdul Khader was born into a musical family on July 19, 1915. His parents were Andrews and Manini who migrated to Kozhikode from Manglore. Named Lesli at birth, he later converted to Islam while on a brief stay at Burma. He began his musical journey with the church choir and soon turned his attention to Hindusthan...

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