Neyyattinkara Vasudevan

Neyyattinkara Vasudevan
Background information
Born 1940
Origin Neyyattinkara, Kerala, India
Died (aged 68)
Genres Carnatic music
Occupation(s) Carnatic Composer

Neyyattinkara Vasudevan (1940–13 May 2008) was a Carnatic music vocalist from Kerala in south India.[1] The Padmasree-winning Carnatic vocalist and disciple of Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and Ramnad Krishnan, he combined tradition and innovation in his widely acclaimed career.


Vasudevan born in a village near Neyyattinkara in southern Travancore, and did his formal music studies from the Swati Tirunal Music College, Thiruvananthapuram, chiefly under Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. He also did advanced studies under Ramnad Krishnan. He passed Ganabhushanam in 1960 and Sangeetha Vidwan in 1962.[2]

He worked as assistant professor at the RLV College of Music, Thrippunithura, for nearly a decade before joining All India Radio as an A-grade staff vocalist in 1974. He retired in 2000 and was later ranked ‘A Top’, the highest honour given by AIR to classical musicians.[3]

He died on 13 May 2008 in Thiruvananthapuram aged 68.[3]



He has also sung for some Malayalam movies.

Year Song Movie
1968 Sarasa Suvadana[7] Enipadikal
1987 Parama Purusha Swathi Thirunal
1987 Mamava Sada Janani Swathi Thirunal
1987 Kosalendra Swathi Thirunal
1987 Pannakendra Sayana Swathi Thirunal
1988 Nagumomu[8] Chitram
1990 Sree Jaanaveedharam[9] Vachanam
2000 Geyam hari naamadheyam[10] Mazha
2000 Paarukkulle[10] Mazha


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