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He had been in the hospital for the past two weeks. The body was later removed to his residence in Kowdiar. It will be taken to the office of the Kerala State Film Development Corporation at Vazhuthacaud tomorrow morning for the public to pay their respects and then cremated at Thycaud in the city.
Nagavally, as he was popularly known, is survived by wife Rajamma, two sons and two daughters. His son, Venu Nagavally, is a well-known actor and film director.
R. Sreedhara Kurup was born at Ramankari village in Kuttanad of Alappuzha district in 1917. After his graduation, he started his career with the Indian Bank but left it to join the SD College, Alappuzha, as a lecturer in the Department of Psychology. In 1951, he joined All India Radio. He was senior producer at the time of his retirement from AIR in 1977.
His days in AIR witnessed Nagavally establishing himself as a writer, commentator and broadcaster. It is to his credit that the script of "Newspaperboy", regarded as the first neo-realist movie in Malayalam, was penned by him. He had also acted in the film.
Author of over 50 literary works including plays and around 20 film scripts, Nagavally will be remembered for long as a radio commentator as well. Be it a football match or a boat race, there was this `Nagavally touch' in his commentary in an age when the radio was much more popular.
He was honoured by the Kerala Sahithya Akademi for his overall contributions to Malayalam literature. The Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi also had honoured him with an award.
The Chief Minister, A.K. Antony, visited Nagavally's residence this afternoon to pay his respects. He hailed Nagavally's contributions towards making the radio a popular medium, through his plays and commentaries.
The Leader of the Opposition, V.S. Achuthanandan, several Ministers, V.S. Sivakumar, MP, and P.V. Gangadharan, chairman, Kerala State Film Development Corporation, have also condoled the death of Nagavally.
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