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Top 10 Ravindran songs

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Just continuing from where I left off, here is compilation of “Top Ten” Ravindran songs:

  1. Harimuraleeravam [Aaram Thampuran 1997]
  2. Pramada Vanam [His Highness Abdullah 1990]
  3. Ramakatha Ganalayam [Bharatham 1991]
  4. Ezhu Swarangalum [Chiriyo Chiri 1982]
  5. Nirangale Paadoo [Aham 1991]
  6. Azhake Nin mizhineer maniye [Amaram 1991]
  7. Innumente Kannu Neeril [Yuvajanothsavam 1986]
  8. Thenum Vayambum [Thenum Vayambum 1981]
  9. Mana Thaaril Engum [Kaliyil Alpam Kaaryam 1984]
  10. Etho Nidrathan [Ayal Katha Ezhuthukayaanu 1998]
  11. Vaarmukile Vaanil nee [Mazha 2000] — bonus song# 1 ;)
  12. Gopike Hrudayam oru [Nandanam 2002] — bonus song# 2 ;)

In the above list, the song “Gopike” is unique since it is set based on the Raaga Hindola(m). From what I recollect Raveendran say in an interview “Hindolam** is traditionally considered a raagam in which film music cannot be set. I wanted to challenge that notion”. It is a beautiful high pitched song — like many others in that list above — sung by KJ Yesudas.

So, what is your “Top Ten” Ravindran songs list?

And oh yes, if you want to listen to any of these songs, just visit Raveendran’s page at

** Update on 12-Sep-2011: As pointed out by Sankara Narayanan (thanks!) in the comment thread, the raaga(m) about which Raveendran mashu was talking about was Hamsadhwani and not Hindolam. Regret the error. However, kindly note that “Gopike” is a song set in Hindolam and not Hamsadhwani.


Written by Proto

April 24, 2006 at 01:36 hrs

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  2. Hindolam is a very popular ragam and is widely used in making film songs. there are lot of good songs in ragam hindolam.
    moreover, gopike is not a typical hindolam.
    ravindran paranjathayirikkilla. please cross check the info source you received.


    April 7, 2009 at 19:44 hrs

  3. Hindolam is a very popular ragam and is widely used in making film songs. there are lot of good songs in ragam hindolam.
    moreover, gopike is not a typical hindolam.
    ravindran paranjathayirikkilla. please cross check the info source you received. thank you.


    April 7, 2009 at 19:45 hrs

  4. Thanks for stopping by and commenting upon the post, Krishnachandra. Well, if I remember right I heard it from Ravindran Maashu’s mouth (in one of the TV interviews that was aired a few months after the release of Nanadanam, probably during Onam time or some other such special day). It is quite possible that he was referring to what was told to him when he was a budding artist or something like that. I remembered his words since me and my roommate (Harish) were in the habit of singing this song loud (much to the chargin of our Malloo neighbours) and then came that interview.


    April 7, 2009 at 22:58 hrs

  5. dear proto,
    im not defying or denying ravindran master. but it is a fact that there are umpteen number of songs in malayalam set to tune based on Hindola Ragam. Moreover, gopike (nandanam) cannot be decribed as hindolam too. Even Ravindran master has composed a lot of lovely songs viz. Chandanamanivaathil paathi chaari , Shobhanam Mohanam karalil amrutham pozhiyum, Hemaambari thoomanjari sreeranjani nin etc in Ragam Hindolam.
    The info about gopike and hindolam in noway make any sense. that’s why i commented. no offense intended.
    Thank you.


    May 17, 2009 at 10:31 hrs

  6. Music and ravindran mashu is dead comboniation ..all connected sources yesudas,mohanlal etc.

    enjoy the music ..rather than querrel between each other

    njoy the song and music.

    Have a good day,Ram


    November 21, 2010 at 00:56 hrs

  7. A debate on a worthy cause is welcome I think. Ravindran mash referred about hamsadhwani raga in that particular interview and he quoted some other music director having said that songs composed in hamsadhwani cannot become popular. And then Ravindran mash composed ‘raagangale’ in tharattu and ‘manatharilennum’ in Kaliyil Alpam Karyam in the same raga which proved to be hits.

    Sankara Narayanan

    September 11, 2011 at 21:00 hrs

  8. Thanks for stopping by and clarifying about the name of the raaga, Sankara Narayanan. May be since I am not well versed with the raagas, I confused between Hamsadhwani and Hindolam, especially since he talked about both in that program. Plus I was writing in 2006 from what I remembered of an interview that was aired at least 2-3 years earlier. I have updated the post attributing to your comment. Thanks.


    September 12, 2011 at 08:28 hrs

  9. Ottakkambi nadam – (Thenum vayambum) . For me Pramadavanam is a better composition than Hari muraleeravam (well over-composed). Kalabham tharaam…(Vadakkum nathan) , Enthinu Veroru Sooryodayam…(Mazhayethum munpea), Deena dayalo raama (Vrindavana saranga), Aadi thodiyiletho( Aramthampuran ) , Kudajadriyil, Uthrada poonilave vaa.

    Omana thingal kidavo (Ithiri poove chuvanna poove), En Hrudaya poothalam – not a big ones but my favorites for unknown reasons.

    Hello .. can we make it top 20 .. it is not fair to limit this to 10. When you start listening to his songs one gets confused.

    I will hear songs in this order and to feel the rise and peak of Ravindran mash. (Well who am I to comment on Ravindran mash!!)

    Manatharil ennum – Ottakkambi – Ezhu swarangalum – .Endinu veroru..-Pramadavanam – Hari muraleeravam – Srila vasantham – Gange


    February 3, 2012 at 04:57 hrs

    • Well said, Anil – I really like some of the songs you picked. Yes, I too had to prune many of my favorites to arrive at the Top 10 list. I am thankful that I grew up listening to such high quality movie songs from Raveendran maashu or Johnson or Ousepachan or Sharath or Bombay Ravi, not to mention the awesome, awesome 60s-70s songs from the older generation of music directors.


      February 3, 2012 at 09:06 hrs

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