KERALA

Actor O. Madhavan passes away

Enthralled audience in a theatre career which spanned over four decades

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Veteran actor and theatre person O. Madhavan died at a city hospital on Friday morning after a prolonged illness. He was 81. He was admitted to a city hospital on August 3 on complaints like renal failure, diabetes and liver cirrhosis. A minor surgery was done in connection with the renal disease a couple of days later and he was in intensive care unit since then. On Friday, he suffered a cardiac arrest at 7 a.m. His body was taken to his native town at 9 a.m.

Our Kollam Staff Reporter writes:

Madhavan is survived by his wife Vijayakumari, film actor son Mukesh and two daughters Sandhya and Jayashree.

He had won the State's best film actor award in 2002 for his role in the film Sayanam.

Mukesh said that since his younger sister had to arrive from London, where she is settled, the funeral would take place only on Sunday. The body was brought from Ernakulam to Kollam in an ambulance. En route at Kayamkulam, it was kept at the office of the Kerala Peoples Arts Club for the public to pay homage.

In Kollam, the body was first taken to the office of the Kalidasa Kala Kendram, the drama company founded by O. Madhavan. By 12.40 p.m. the body was brought to Kizhakeveedu, Madhavan's house at Polayathodu in the city. A good number of people from all walks of life had already gathered there to pay homage to the man who was a prominent figure in the cultural and social life in Kollam.

Among those who paid homage were Minister for Tourism K.C. Venugopal; Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan; Congress leader V.M. Sudheeran; CITU general secretary P.K. Gurudasan; CPI assistant secretary Panniyan Ravindran; CPI(M) district secretary K. Rajagopal; CPI district secretary K.R. Chandra Mohan; poet O.N.V. Kurup; film director Sarat and actors Suresh Gopi, Jagadesh and Kundara Johnny.

The body was removed to the Shankar's Hospital mortuary at 8 p.m. It will be taken out at 8.30 a.m. on Sunday and kept at the Municipal Town Hall here for the public to pay their last respects.

The funeral will be held on that day itself on the compound of his house.

Our Special Correspondent writes from Thiruvananthapuram:

Speaker Therambil Ramakrishnan and leaders of various political parties have expressed deep sorrow at the death of the veteran theatre artiste O. Madhavan.

In a statement here on Friday, the Speaker described Madhavan as a person who had dedicated his life to the progress of theatre in Kerala.

Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan said that in Madhavan's death the Left movement had suffered a major loss.

CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan noted that Madhavan was all along committed to the Left movement and had made major contributions for the evolution of theatre in Kerala.

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