Music director Kaithapram Viswanathan dies of cancer at 58

Music director Kaithapram Viswanathan has passed away at the age of 58. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan offered his condolences to the state assembly.

Malayalam music director Kaithapram Viswanathan passed away on Wednesday, December 29. He was 58 years old.

Renowned music composer Kaithapram Viswanathan Namboothiri, known for his unique sheet music in a handful of Malayalam films, died in a hospital here on Wednesday, family sources said. He was 58 and had been battling cancer for some time, they said.

The award-winning composer, who carved his own place among the top-rated composers in the garland world through a limited number of films, was the younger brother of famous lyricist-musician Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri.

Born into a family of musicians in the hamlet of Kaithapram, in the northern district of Kannur, in 1963, Viswanathan obtained the title of “ganabhooshanam” from the Swathi Thirunal Music College in Thiruvananthapuram. He worked as a music teacher at a local school and then set up his own institution to learn music before entering the world of cinema.

Viswanathan has composed the music for more than 20 films including Kannaki, Thilakkam and Daivanamathil. Background music for Kannaki won him the Kerala State Film Prize in 2001. He is survived by his wife Gauri and three children.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and state assembly opposition leader VD Satheesan regretted the death.

Vijayan said in his post that Viswanathan’s untimely death was extremely painful.

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