A veteran in Indian folk music and a noted composer, associated with the Ghazal genre, Umbayee passes away at a private hospital in Aluva. He was aged 68. He was under treatment for cancer. Umbayee is known for his unique style of singing.
The story of Umbayee’s life is unravelled in all honesty in his biography titles Ragam Bhairavi published by DC Books. The book records faithfully Umbayee’s life, from his childhood, playing the tabla, listening to music and playing for programmes on the sly to popularising Malayalam ghazals that has made him what he is today.
Poets like ONV Kurup, Yusufali Kecheri, and Sachidanandan have lent their poems, his albums have hit the mark, and his mehfils are a huge draw everywhere.