National Award-winning Tamil lyricist Na Muthukumar died on Sunday due to jaundice, sources close to his family said. He was 41.

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Muthukumar had won two National awards for his songs “Ananda Yazhai Meetukiral” and “Azhage Azhage” in Tamil movies “Thanga Meengal” and “Saivam”, respectively.

Born at Kancheepuram near here, he aspired to be a film director early in his career and had worked as an assistant to filmmaker Balu Mahendra.

He shot to fame with “Devadayayai Kanden,” in Dhanush starrer “Kadal Konden” (2003) and his songs including “Kanpesum Varthaigal” in “7G Rainbow Colony” (2004) and “Veyilodu Vilayadi” from “Veyil” (2006) are very popular.

Film director Seeman introduced him as a lyricist in his movie “Veera Nadai” in 2000.

Muthukumar has penned lyrics for over 1000 films and had authored a novel “Silk City.”

Expressing grief over the death, DMK chief Karunanidhi said he was shocked by the passing away of the young lyricist.


BJP state unit president, Tamilisai Soundararajan visited Muthukumar’s house and placed a wreath.

Speaking to reporters, she praised him and his work. Celebrities from the Tamil film industry queued up at Muthukumar’s residence here to pay their last respects.

Actor Kamal Haasan took to Twitter to condole Muthukumar’s death.

Actor Dhanush tweeted, 

Filmmaker AR Murugadoss said, “Its really shocking… No words.”

Noted music composer Devi Sri Prasad said,

Music composer and actor GV Prakash Kumar said, 

Actress Tamannaah Bhatia wrote, 

(Feature image source: Twitter/@tamannaahspeaks)