Veteran Kathakali artiste Kottakkal Sivaraman (74) passed away at his house in Karalmanna near here late Monday night.

He had been in hospital for the last couple of months and was brought back to his house in Karalmanna five days back as his condition did not improve.

He was famous for his female roles in Kathakali like Dhamayanthy, Sairandhri, Rugmini etc. For these roles he was given the ‘Sthree Retnam’ award by Kerala Government recently.

Sivaraman received a number of awards from Kendra Sahitya Akademi, Kerala Sahitya Akademi, Sangeetha Nataka Akademi, Kerala Kalamandalam etc.

He began performing Kathakali at a young age of 13 years and performed in the country and outside till recently.

He was born in 1936 as the son of Njaloor Kunhikrishnan Nair and Karthiayani. Sivaraman is survived by wife Bhavani, son Girish and daughters Kalamandalam Ambili and Sujatha.

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