Yusufali Kechery is a poet, film lyricist, film producer and director from Kerala, India. He is one of the leading poets of the modern era Malayalam poetry and has won numerous awards including Odakkuzhal Award, Kerala Sahitya Academy Award and Vallathol Award.
He was born in 1934 in Kechery, Thrissur district, Kerala. After completing his Bachelors Degree in Arts and Law, he started his career as a lawyer and freelance writer. Professor K. P. Narayana Pisharody, a highly regarded scholar, was Yousuf Ali's Sanskrit teacher and taught him free of cost for four years. Kecheri is now regarded as one of the major poets of the modern era. His major poetry works include Sainaba, Aayiram Navulla Mounam, Anchu Kanyakakal, Nadabhramam, Amrithu, Kecheri Puzha, Anuragagaanam Pole, Aalila, Kadhaye Premicha Kavitha, Perariyatha Nombaram and Ahaindavam.
He has served the post of Assistant Secretary and Executive Member of the Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy and Advisory Committee Member of All India Radio Thrissur. He has also served as the president of the Kerala Sahitya Academy.
Yusuf Ali Kecheri is also known as a prolific lyricist who has written some well acclaimed songs for Malayalam films. His first film as a producer was Sindooracheppu, which was directed by actor Madhu. Kechery wrote the screenplay and lyrics for all the songs in this film. He made his directorial debut in 1973 with Maram, a film written by M.T. Vasudevan Nair. He also directed the films Vanadevatha and Neelathamara. He wrote the lyrics for the hit songs in the film Dhwani, which were composed by renowned musician Naushad Ali. He was awarded a National Award for a Sanskrit song written for the Malayalam film Mazha.