| P. V. Krishna Iyer|
| February 25, 1948 (1948-02-25)|Nirmala (film) Wikipedia
Nirmala is a 1948 Indian Malayalam film directed by P. V. Krishna Iyer and produced by P. J. Cherian. The fourth talkie in Malayalam, Nirmala introduced playback singing to Malayalam cinema.
The songs were composed by saxophone player P. S. Divakar and E. I. Warrier. Lyrics were by poet G. Sankara Kurup. There were 15 songs in the film, sung by P. Leela, P. K. Raghavan, Sarojini Menon, T. K. Govindarao, Vasudeva Kurup and Vimala B Varma. Govinda Rao and Sarojini Menon, who sang in this film, became the first male and female playback singers in Malayalam.
Cherian’s family played a large part in the film. His son Joseph Cherian was cast as hero; Joseph’s wife, Baby, was the heroine; and his daughters other relatives were part of this film.Joseph Cherian
Cherthala Vasudeva Kurup
P. J. Cherian
S. J. Dev