Popular Malayalam poet and film and drama lyricist Chunnakara Ramankutty passed away at a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday, said family sources. He was 84. Ramankutty has written for around 75 films for over 200 songs besides lyrics for over 100 dramas. Also Read - Veteran Malayalam Filmmaker AB Raj Passes Away Due to Cardiac Arrest at 95

Starting from 1978, Chunakkara Ramankutty wrote lyrics for Malayalam films, till a few years back. Also Read - Malayalam Actor Miya George All Set to Tie The Knot With Bussinessman Ashwin Philip

His last piece was after the death of media baron and veteran Rajya Sabha member M.P.Veerendra Kumar, last month.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condoled the death of the popular lyricist and termed his passing away as a big loss for Kerala. “Several melodious songs have been penned by him and he also excelled in the drama arena. He was also a good orator,” recalled Vijayan. Also Read - Shraddha Kapoor-Prabhas Starrer Saaho Postpones Its Release, Will Hit Cinemas Now on THIS Date

Chunakkara has worked in popular movies like Kapalika, Seetha Ram. Chunakkara’s previous film to hit the theatres was Kapalika in the year 2013.