Paul Poovathingal
(PAVA Member)

Paul Poovathingal, popularly known as the “Padum Pathiri” or “singing priest of India,” is a Carnatic music (Indian classical music) vocalist, composer, and lyricist, and is the first vocologist in India. He is an ordained priest in the religious congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI). He has composed around 1000 songs and released 35 music albums. He is a disciple of the legendary Carnatic musician and playback singer Padmabhushan K. J. Yesudas and of Chandramana Narayan Namboothiri. He is the first Indian Christian priest in the world to earn a Ph.D. in Carnatic Music.

He has performed classical music before A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India, and before Bharat Ratna M.S. Subbulakshmi.