Veteran photographer and film producer Sivan expired in the early hours of Thursday. He was 89.
Familiar with Kerala’s prime professional press photographer, he established the eminent Sivan’s Studio at Statue in Thiruvananthapuram in 1959.
He is the father of the film producers Sangeeth Sivan, Santhosh Sivan (director and cinematographer) and Sanjeev Sivan. He also leaves behind a daughter, Sarita Rajiv.
Sivan debuted in the film industry as the still photographer for the 1965 classic Chemmeen, directed by Ramu Kariat based on the novel of the same name by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai.
He was the director of the films Abhayam, Keshu, Yagam, Kochu Kochu Mohangal, Kilivathil and Oru Yatra, several of which won prizes at State and national grounds. He produced the 1973 film Swapnam.
Historic momentsAs a press photographer, he photographed various historic moments, including the swearing-in ceremony of the first Ministry in Kerala led by E. M. S. Namboodiripad in 1957.
Sivasankaran Nair, who grew famous as ‘Sivan,’ was born in Haripad in 1932. His spouse, Chandramani Sivan, died before him.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan sympathised with the death. The Sivan’s Studio in Thiruvananthapuram was a popular rendezvous for eminent personalities in the cultural orbit, the Chief Minister recalled.