Ka. Mu. Sheriff

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Kadershah Ravuthar Mu. Sheriff

(1914-08-11)11 August 1914
Abhivirutheeswaram, East Thanjavur, Tamilnadu
Died7 July 1994(1994-07-07) (aged 79)

Ka. Mu. Sheriff was a writer and poet who wrote mainly in the Tamil language. He was a popular Tamil film lyricist during the 1950s and 60s. His lyrics Chittukuruvi Chittukuruvi Sedhi Theriyuma?, Yerikaraiyin Maele Poravale Penn Mayile are ever-green in the minds of Tamil film song lovers. He has also written screenplays and dialogue for some films.


Early life

Born on 11 August 1914 at Abhivirutheeswaram in East Thanjavur district as the only son of Kadershah Ravuthar and Pathuma amma, he lived an exemplary life. Though he was a Muslim by birth, he respected other faiths and was a vegetarian throughout his life. He never smoked or drank.

He did not have a regular school education but was tutored privately in Tamil language till he was 14 years of age. Encouraged by his father, he learned Tamil grammar and literature. He started writing poetry when he was young.


He started writing short stories for Ananda Vikatan. (Later these short stories were published as a collection in book form). He published a monthly named "Oli" (transl.Light) in 1948 and then between 1952 and 1969 he published two periodicals Saattai and Thamizh Muzhakkam.

Freedom fighter

He was a follower of the Congress party freedom fight and has taken part in the Quit India Movement in 1942. Later he joined Ma. Po. Si.'s Tamil Arasu Kazhagam and functioned as its secretary. He participated in the struggle mooted by Tamil Arasu Kazhagam to retain Madras as the Capital of Tamil Nadu. He also participated in the Anti-Hindi agitations of Tamil Nadu.


He has written numerous books on various subjects in Tamil. (Lists of books he authored can be found in ta:கா. மு. ஷெரீப்).

Tamil Movie Lyricist

In late 1940s, Sheriff was affiliated to the Modern Theatres in Salem. He was influential in introducing M. Karunanidhi to the Modern Theaatres' owner T. R. Sundaram, who hired the young script writer for a monthly sum of 500 rupees, to join the story department of his company. In his autobiography, Karunanidhi had acknowledged this debt. Sheriff has penned more than 400 lyrics, many of which are popular and ever-green among Tamil film song lovers. His very first movie lyric was penned for the 1950 film Ponmudi, produced by the Modern Theatres.

Music Directors

Music directors who composed tunes to his lyrics are: G. Ramanathan, S. M. Subbaiah Naidu, S. Dakshinamurthi, K. V. Mahadevan, Ramaneekaran, T. A. Kalyanam, T. R. Pappa, S. Rajeswara Rao


Singers who sang his lyrics include T. M. Soundararajan, M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, Sirkazhi Govindarajan, A. M. Rajah, P. Leela, Jikki, K. Jamuna Rani, Soolamangalam Jayalakshmi, (Radha) Jayalakshmi, K. Rani, U. R. Chandra, Ponnammal, N. L. Ganasaraswathi, A. P. Komala,

Notable compositions

YearFilmSong/sSinger/sMusic DirectorNotes
1950 Manthiri Kumari உலவும் தென்றல் காற்றினிலே and othersG. Ramanathan He is one of the lyricists along with A.Maruthakasi
1950 Digambara Samiyar G. Ramanathan
S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
He is one of the lyricists. Individual credits not known
1950 Ponmudi G. RamanathanHe is one of the lyricists. Individual credits not known
1950 Chavukkadi Chandrakantha G. RamanathanHe is one of the lyricists. Individual credits not known
1951 Devaki G. RamanathanHe is one of the lyricists. Individual credits not known
1951 Sarvadhikari S. DakshinamurthiHe is one of the lyricists. Individual credits not known
1952 Amarakavi Oru Pizhaiyum Seydhariyen ..eesa Man meethileM. K. Thyagaraja BhagavatharG. Ramanathan
T. A. Kalyanam
1952 Zamindar G. Ramanathan A. Maruthakasi also wrote lyrics. Individual credits not known
1953 Anbu Enna Enna InbameA. M. Rajah & JikkiT. R. Pappa3 out of 12 songs were penned by him
1953 Inspector G. RamanathanHe is one of the lyricists. Individual credits not known
1953 Naalvar Valluvanaar Seydha ThozhilU. R. Chandra, Ponnammal & groupK. V. Mahadevan
1953 Vazha Pirandhaval G. Ramanathan
S. Rajeswara Rao
All 9 songs were penned by him
1954 Koondukkili Vaanga Ellorume KoodiT. M. Soundararajan & K. RaniK. V. Mahadevan
1954 Mangalyam Vaazhvadhu PonaalumT. M. SoundararajanK. V. Mahadevan4 out of 7 songs were penned by him
1954 Pudhu Yugam Jaadhiyile Naanga ThaazhndavangaJikki, N. L. Ganasaraswathi, A. P. Komala, A. G. RathinamalaG. RamanathanHe wrote the story also
1955 Asai Anna Arumai Thambi Menakaiyum NaanuvaalK. RaniK. V. Mahadevan
1955 Kalyanam Seydhukko Engum Nirai Paramporul OnreSirkazhi GovindarajanRamaneekaran
Vaetti Kattina PombaleSirkazhi Govindarajan & Soolamangalam Jayalakshmi
1955 Mullaivanam Engirundho ingu vandha radhiyeT. M. Soundararajan & (Radha) JayalakshmiK. V. Mahadevan
Sariyendru nee oru
1955 Nalla Thangai Ennai Pole BhagyasaaliJikki & P. LeelaG. Ramanathan
Thaene Paage Thevittadha(Radha) Jayalakshmi
1955 Town Bus Chittukkuruvi ChittukkuruviK. V. MahadevanAll songs
1956 Naan Petra Selvam G. RamanathanAll (9) songs
1957 Makkalai Petra Magarasi O Malliyakka O RojakkaJikki, K. Jamuna Rani & A. G. RathnamalaK. V. Mahadevan
1957 Mudhalali Yeri Karaiyin MeleT. M. SoundararajanK. V. MahadevanHe wrote all the 7 songs
1958 Annaiyin Aanai Patthu Maadham Sumandhu Annaiyai Pol OruT. M. SoundararajanS. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1960 Sivagami Vanil Mulu mathiyai kandenT. M. SoundararajanK. V. Mahadevan
1963 Thulasi Maadam Aadum MAyile Aattam EngeT. M. SoundararajanK. V. Mahadevan3 out of 5 songs were penned by him



Ka. Mu. Sheriff died on 7 July 1994.


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  1. "Annayai Pol Oru". Lyrics by Ka. Mu. Sheriff. RedMux. 8 April 1958. Retrieved 13 December 2017.