Kannur, May 6: Veteran Mappilapaattu singer and Vice Chairman of Kerala Folklore Akademi Eranholi Moosa passed away at his residence in Chalil near Thalassery on Monday due to old-age ailments. He was 79. He is survived by wife Kunhamina and six children. Due to chest-related ailments, Moosa was undergoing treatment at a private hospital at Kozhikode for the last two months and was bedridden at his home for the past one week.
He was serving as the Vice Chairman of Kerala Folklore Akademi, head quarted at Kannur, since 2017. Born on March 8, 1940, Moosa was the son of Valiyakath Asiya and Abdu at Eranholi near Thalassery. Ernholi Moosa, popularly known as Sulthan of Mappilappttu, sung thousands of Mappila songs at various stages, including in the Gulf countries. He also sung for Malayalam cinema.
Moosa also starred in a Malayalam movie "Gramaphone" in 2015. He also sung a noted devotional song "Allahu Akbar" reflecting the bond of friendship between Sabarimala deity Lord Ayyappa and his muslim companion 'Vavar Swamy'. His famous songs includes -- Manassinteyullil ninnu, Manikkay Malaraaya, Arimulla Punchiri and among others. Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condoled the death of Ernholi Moosa. In a condolence message. Mr Vijayan said Moosa had played a major role to generalise the Mappila songs by presenting stage shows at Gulf countries and across the State. The burial will be held at Thalassery this evening, family sources said. (UNI)