Writer, journalist, and film director K. Ravindran (Chintha Ravi) died at a private hospital here on Monday. He was 65.
He was under treatment for lung cancer. A Left sympathiser, he was a member of the editorial board of theChinthaweekly. He also worked for a while with theKalakaumudi weekly.
He was known for his travelogues and books on art criticism and cinema. He was one writer in Malayalam after S.K. Pottekkatt who consistently wrote travelogues.
Ravindran's books includeAklalangalile Maushyar, Buddhapatham, Swiss Sketchukal, Kadine Nokkumbol Ilakale Kannunnathu, Mediterranean Venal, Antonio Gramsci, Cinemayude Rashtreeyam, Kalavimarsam: Marxist Manadandam,andVazhikal, Vyakthikal, Ormakal. Films directed by him includeHarijan,a Telugu venture,Iniyum Marichittillatha Nammal (1980), Ore Thooval Pakshikal(1988), and several documentaries.Maunam Sowmanasyam, a documentary on filmmaker G. Aravindan made by Ravindran, won the national award in 1997.
Ravindran had also acted a small part in P.A. Backer'sKabanee Nadi Chuvannappol.
Son of Kunnummal Krishnan and Lakshmi of Kannadikkal in Kozhikode, Ravindran studied at Kozhikode Malabar Christian School, Malabar Christian College, and did a journalism course at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Mumbai. He is survived by his wife N. Chandrika, daughter of writer Devaki Nilayangode, and son Thathagathan, a research scholar in University of Texas.