KOZHIKODE: Lyricist and scriptwriter Girish Puthenchery, 49, died at a private hospital here at 9.30 on Wednesday night following a brain haemorrhage.
He was admitted to the Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital a week ago with a brainrelated illness and his condition was critical for the last few days.
His family was with him at the time of his death. He leaves behind his wife Beena and children Jithin Krishnan and Dilnath.
Puthenchery won the state award for best lyricist seven times - in 1995 for Agnidevan, in 1997 for Krishnagudiyil Orupranayakalath, in 1999 for Punaradhivasam, in 2001 for Ravanaprabhu, in 2002 for Nandanam, in 2003 for Gourishankaram and in 2004 for Kathavaseshan.
He also won the Asianet award for best lyricist in 2004 for Mamabazhakalam, in 2006 for Vadakkumnathan and 2008 Madambi. He wrote the script for Pallavoor Devanarayanan, Vadakkumnathan and Kinnaripuzhayoram, and the story for Melaparmbil Anveedu.
He has many hit albums and devotional songs to his credit.
He entered the film world with the song Santhamee rathriyil in Jayaraj's film Johnnie Walker. Puthenchery also served as a governing council member of the Indian Performance Rights Society.