Eranjoli Moosa

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Eranholi Moosa
Eranjoli Moosa
Eranjoli Moosa
Background information
Birth nameValiyakath Moosa
Born18 March 1940
Thalassery, Kerala, India
Died9 May 2019
GenresMappila songs
Years active1974–2019

Eranholi Moosa (18 March 1940 – 9 May 2019) was an Indian Mappilappatu singer and playback singer. He is considered one of the greatest and most influential Mappilappattu singers of all time.[1][2][3][4] During his musical career, Moosa has performed solo in more than 1000 stages, which includes nearly 300 stages across several gulf countries and has recorded more than 100 Mappila songs.[5] He has also played a lead role in the 2003 Malayalam movie Gramophone directed by Kamal.[6]

Life and career[edit]

Moosa was born as the son of Eranholi Valiyakath Abu and Aasya and started singing at a very early age.[7] During his early life, he used to sing for many low profile cultural organisations, notabily in marriage functions. He later studied music for two years under Sarathchandra Maratha.[8] He started his musical career with the song "Arimullappoomanam ulloole" in the 70's. It was in 1974 that he made his debut in Abu Dhabi.[9] He rose to a popular figure after started singing to the tunes of legendary musician Raghavan Master in All India Radio. His famous songs includes Mihraj Raavile Kaatte, Misrile Raajan, Thaif Nagari, Nafsu Nafsine, and Samanin Koorirul Kaatte along with the most famous song Manikyamalaraya Poovi.[10] This song, which was originally composed in 1978 became one of the most listened Malayalam song in youtube after it was recreated for the 2018 Malayalam movie Oru Adaar Love.[11]

In 2003, he acted as an aging musician in the Malayalam film Gramophone, which shows the reality of many talented musicians struggling to make a living and aging in the narrow lanes of Mattancherry. During his final years before death, Musa served as the vice chairman of the Kerala Folklore Academy.[12] Due to age related issues, Moosa suffered from breathing problems and later died on 9 May 2019.[13]

Music style and influence[edit]

Eranjoli Moosa played an important role in popularizing Mappila songs.[14] He was known for his unique voice and singing style. According to some experts in Mappilappatu, it was Moosa's unique voice that gave him the recognition as one of the most popular Mappilappattu singer.[15]


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  2. "മാപ്പിളപ്പാട്ടിന്റെ 'മാണിക്യമലർ' എരഞ്ഞോളി മൂസ അന്തരിച്ചു". Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  3. "'ലങ്കിമറിയാന്‍' ഇനി മൂസക്കയില്ല; നോവായി 'മിഅ്റാജ് രാവിലെ കാറ്റും' ആയിരമായിരം പാട്ടുകളും". Manoramanews. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  4. "ഹൃദയം കൊണ്ട് പാടിയ പാട്ടുകൾ; ഓർമ്മകളിൽ മൂസ". Manoramanews. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  5. Nazeer, Special Correspondent & Mohamed (6 May 2019). "Mappilappattu singer Eranholi Moosa passes away". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  6. "ഗായകന്‍ എരഞ്ഞോളി മൂസ അന്തരിച്ചു". (in മലയാളം). Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  7. "വേർപാടിന്‍റെ വേദനയില്‍ കലാലോകം; എരഞ്ഞോളി മൂസയുടെ സംസ്കാരം ഇന്ന്". Asianet News Network Pvt Ltd (in മലയാളം). Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  8. "The voice of Kerala's Mappila songs, Eranholi Moosa dies at 75". The News Minute. 6 May 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  9. "Mappilapattu singer Eranholi Moosa dead - The New Indian Express". Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  10. മാടായി, താഹ (8 May 2019). "'മലയാള ഗാനശാഖയിലെ സവര്‍ണതയെ അട്ടിമറിച്ച ഗായകന്‍'; എരഞ്ഞോളി മൂസയുടെ ആത്മകഥാകാരന്‍ താഹ മാടായി സംസാരിക്കുന്നു". Azhimukham. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  11. "Manikya Malaraya Poovi belongs to a rich musical tradition of Kerala". The Indian Express. 16 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  12. "മാപ്പിളപ്പാട്ട് ഗായകൻ എരഞ്ഞോളി മൂസ അന്തരിച്ചു". News18 Malayalam. 6 May 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  13. Desk, Web (6 May 2019). "എരഞ്ഞോളി മൂസ അന്തരിച്ചു". MediaOne News | Latest Malayalam News from MediaOne Tv (in മലയാളം). Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  14. "ഞാൻ മരിച്ചിട്ടില്ല; എരഞ്ഞോളി മൂസ - Kannur Varthakal Online". Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  15. DoolNews. "പടപ്പ് പടപ്പോട് പിരിശത്തില്‍ നിന്നോളീ; നമ്മളെ കൊതിപ്പിച്ച എരഞ്ഞോളി മൂസ എന്ന കാലം". DoolNews. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
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