Music composer Kaithapram Viswanathan Namboothiri dies at 58


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Kaithapram Viswanathan Namboothiri, the Malayalam music director who composed the soundtrack to Jayaraj’s film “Kannaki”, has passed away. He was 58 years old at the time. In Kozhikode he was undergoing cancer treatment.

Viswanathan Namboothiri was the younger brother of Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri, a well-known songwriter and musician.

In 1963 he was born in the hamlet of Kaithapram in Kannur. Viswanathan was awarded the title of Ganabhooshanam from the Swathi Thirunal College of Music in Thiruvananthapuram.

According to an India TV report, Pinarayi Vijayan, the chief minister of state, and VD Satheesan, the state opposition leader, expressed their condolences. In his statement, Vijayan expressed his regret for the untimely death of Viswanathan.

He was a music teacher at Mathamangalam School in Kannur and HSS Rajah in Nileswaram. Later, in Payyannur, he founded Sruthilaya, a music school.

In Jayaraj’s award-winning film Deshadanam, he made his film debut as an assistant to Kaithapram Damodaran.

He has composed the music for 23 films in Malayalam, including “Thilakkam” and “Ekandham”, with Dileep. In 2001 he received the Kerala State Cinema Award for his background compositions for ‘Kannaki’

His wife Gauri and his three children survive him.

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