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National Award winning Tamil lyricist Na Muthukumar dies at 41

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Updated: 09:31 GMT, Aug 14, 2016 | Published: 09:25 GMT, Aug 14, 2016 |
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Two times National Award winning Tamil lyricist Na Muthukumar died in Chennai on Sunday at the age of 41. He was suffering from jaundice.

“He passed away at his residence. He was suffering from high fever and succumbed to jaundice,” the source close to the lyricist said.

When he began his career, Muthukumar wanted to be a director. It was with the 2000 release Tamil film Veera Nadai that her started his journey as a lyricist.

In a career lasting over a decade, he wrote around 1,000 songs. He holds a special record for penning 103 songs in 2012.

Most popular for his collaboration with composers Yuvan Shankar Raja and GV Prakash, he wrote over 200 songs in the latter’s composition.

“Can’t believe this. Na Muthukumar is no more… He’s written more than 200 songs in my films. A huge loss. May god give strength to his family,” Prakash tweeted.

A native of Kancheepuram, Muthukumar is also a distant relative of DMK founder C.N. Annadurai, “He studied in Pachaiappa’s college and was shaped by his father Nagarajan who was a voracious reader and had a great collection of books,” said lyricist Palaini Bharathi.

DMK leader M. Karunanidhi condoled his death, saying he was shocked by the sudden demise of the lyricist.