Malayalam Ghazal singer Umbayee passes away

Prominent Malayalam Ghazal singer and composer Umbayee passed away on Wednesday evening at a hospital in Aluva. He was 68.He was under treatment for cancer.

Born in Mattanchery near Kochi, he is known for his soulful Ghazal renditions of old Malayalam songs. He released his first album in 1988. He has released more than ten Ghazal albums and has associated with prominent music directors and lyricists in Kerala.

Umbayee has composed music for poems written by literary stalwarts like ONV Kurup and Satchidanandan. He has also sung Ghazals of legends like Mehdi Hassan, Jagjit Singh, etc.It was his sheer love for music that helped him overcome the underprivileged circumstances he grew up at Mattancherry and evolve into a singer who had a considerable fan-following.

Some of the songs from the albums,Ghazal Mala and Paduka Saigal Paduka , such as Veendum paadam sakhi …and Paaduka Saigal … , were instant hits.

His mortal remains will be interred at the Juma Masjid in Kalvathy, Fort Kochi, at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

The body will be kept at the Community hall in Kalvathy from 10 a.m onwards for the public to pay homage.