Thiruvananthapuram: National award-winning cinematographer and director, Sivan, suffered a cardiac arrest and breathed his last at his residence in Thiruvananthapuram, on Thursday morning. He was 89 years old. Sangeeth Sivan, his son and a well-known director shared the news on his social media accounts and paid tribute to his father, who is an inspiration and role model.
‘It’s with great sadness that I share with you all d tragic news that my father, Mr. Sivan, breathed his last today. He was our inspiration & role model. What he accomplished was achieved through hard work, dedication, discipline & foresight. Am sure he would continue to guide us on our onward journey. Forever indebted & will always be in our hearts. Love you Dad for everything & I m sure you will be watching over us from your place among d clouds & stars. Om Shanthi.’ he shared on Facebook.
Sangeeth Sivan further wrote on Twitter, ‘Thank you Dad for everything! Difficult to imagine a world without you but we will continue to trudge d path you have paved for us, safe in d knowledge that u would b guiding us from your place in the clouds & stars. Forever indebted (sic).’
Thank you Dad for everything! Difficult to imagine a world without you but we will continue to trudge d path you have paved for us, safe in d knowledge that u would b guiding us from your place in the clouds & stars. Forever indebted. #OmShanthi #Sivan pic.twitter.com/fx7eGOynGw
— Sangeeth Sivan (@sangeethsivan) June 23, 2021
Sivan was a well-known photographer and began his career in the film industry with the award-winning Malayalam film Chemeen (1965). He later went on to direct Yagam, Abhayam, Kochu Kochu Mohangal, Oru Yathra, Kilivathil, and Keshu. He won the coveted National Award three times.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, prominent Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala, Assembly Speaker M B Rajesh, and others condoled the demise of Sivan. ‘Sivan was well-known in the movie industry, especially for his cinematography skills. His Sivan studio at Thiruvananthapuram was a popular gathering spot for many prominent cultural icons,’ Pinarayi Vijayan said in his condolence message.