Renowned artist Namboothiri, recognized for his exceptional talent in painting and sculpture, has passed away at the age of 97 in Kottakkal, Malappuram district. He was widely acclaimed for his exquisite line art and copper relief works, which adorned the literary works of prominent Malayalam writers such as Thakazhi Shivashankara Pillai, MT Vasudevan Nair, Uroob, and SK Pottakkad. Namboothiri’s artistic prowess was acknowledged with prestigious accolades like the Raja Ravi Varma Award from the Kerala Lalitha Kala Akademi and the Kerala State Film Award for Best Art Director. The mortal remains of the maestro will be honored and can be paid final respects at the Kerala Lalitha Kala Akademi in Thrissur and his residence in Edappal.
He has done some really popular literary works, which include characters of doyens of Malayalam literature like Jnanpith laureates M T Vasudevan Nair, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai and S K Pottakkad and legends like Vaikom Muhammad Basheer.
Namboothiri early life
- Namboothiri was born in 1925 in Kerala’s Ponnani. He entered the world of painting and sculpture in his childhood as he was influenced by a temple near his house. He was the disciple of prominent artist K C S Paniker and he was also inspired by renowned painters like Debi Prasad Roy Chowdhury and S Dhanapal.
- Namboothiri studied painting at the Madras School of Fine Arts.
- He also tried his hands at art direction and worked as an art director in a few films, such as Uttarayanam, which won him Kerala State Award for the best art director.
- In his long career of more than fifty years, he has done illustrations for almost all important literary works.