Mohammad Sabir Baburaj was also known as M. S. Baburaj. He was a music composer in Malayalam industry. He has given music to many Malayalam hit songs. He was born in the year 1921 on 29th of March in Kozhikode which is now known as Calicut. His family was poor, and he has spent his initial days of childhood in poverty. His father name was Jan Muhammed Khan.
He was from Bengal and was a Hindustani musician. His father has also done many concerts in Kerala. Baburaj has also sung songs in trains to fulfill his basic needs. But Baburaj was a lucky man, and he met a policeman named “Kunjahammed” who was a music enthusiast. That policeman was also from his town “Kozhikode,” and adopted him by seeing his music talent.
His biggest achievement was when he introduced Hindustani strains In Malayalam music. He has composed many melodies which are based on Hindustani Ragas, successfully. The lyrics of most of his compositions were written by Malayalam poets like Vayalar and P. Bhaskaran. Baburaj had studied basics of Hindustani music from his father when he was young. At a very young, he lost his father due to which he couldn’t learn more from him. After that, he visited Mumbai, Sri Lanka, and West Bengal, and during this time he learned to play Harmonium. Later on, Baburaj came back to Kerala.
To earn his livelihood and to fulfill his basic needs, Baburaj has sung on the streets of Kozhikode. A fan of his father named “Kunju Muhammed” who was also a policeman, adopted Baburaj and took care of him. Baburaj was brought up by Kunju Muhammed. Then, he started composing music in the Malabar region for Malayalam dramas and slowly came into the field of music direction. He composed music for the Malayalam film named “
Minnaminungu” in the year 1957 which was directed by
Ramu Kariat. It was with this movie that he entered into Malayalam Cinema.
After that, he has composed many songs like "Kalichirimaaratha Penne," "Anuragaganam Pole," "Ezhuthiyatharanu Sujatha." All the three songs are from the movie named “Udhyogastha” which was released in the year 1967 and was directed by P. Venu. Baburaj was also a well-known and well-established harmonium player and singer. Mohammad Sabir Baburaj died on 7th of October in the year 1978. It was early death as he was only 57 years of age when he died. Until his last days, his children and wife were with him.