Kalasala Babu

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Kalasala Babu
Born1950
Died (aged 68)
Kochi, Kerala, India
OccupationActor
Years active1977–2018
Spouse(s)Lalitha
ChildrenSreedevi, Vishwanathan
Parent(s)Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair, Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma

Kalasala Babu (1950 – 14 May 2018) was an Indian actor who performed on stage, and in television serials and films.

On stage[edit]

Babu had been acting in radio plays while at college. Following his graduation in 1973, Babu acted in Paanchajanyam, yielding a good performance. Babu acted at Kalidasa Kala Kendram for two years, and was offered roles by the late O. Madhavan and K. T. Muhammed.[1]

After acting in his first film Inayethedi in 1977, Babu started his drama troupe 'Kalasala' in Thripunithura, which had artists such as Thilakan, Surasu, amongst others. The troupe began with the play 'Thalavattom', scripted by Surasu, which became a big hit. In total nine plays were conducted, scripted by renowned personalities such as P. J. Antony, Sreemoolanagaram Vijayan, N. N. Pillai, and others. The troupe operated until 1980.[1]

Later on, he also worked with theatre company Chalakudy Sarathy for a few years.[1]

Film and television[edit]

Babu got his first opportunity in film in 1977, in Inayethedi, the first venture of John Paul, George Kitho, Kaloor Dennis and Antony Eastman. He was cast alongside Silk Smitha for this film, which became a flop.[1]

Towards the end of 1999, Babu was cast in Kala, a 13-episode television serial. His role of the character, Rowdy Dasappan, was well received by viewers. Following this, Babu acted in around 28 mega-serials over the next three years.[1]

Babu made his way back into cinema with Kasthooriman in 2003, afterwards acting in character and villain roles in many movies, and achieved recognition for his performances, comfortably filling the acting space left vacant by late character actors such as N. F. Varghese and Narendra Prasad.[1] He became more popular in the film Lion as father of Dileep. Babu acted in a popular Malayalam serial AMMA as a retired judge Poomankalathe Gopinatha Menon which is daily telecast on Asianet channel from 2012 to 2015. He was paired with Kanya Bharathi and later replaced by Mammootty brother. He also did a Malayalam serial named SOORYAKALADI which is telecasting on Amrita.

Personal life[edit]

Babu was born to Kathakali maestro Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair and Mohiniyattam exponent Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma.[1] He was married to Lalitha and had a son named Viswanathan and daughter named Sreedevi. On January 18, 2018, he was admitted at Amrita Hospital in Kochi after a suffering heart attack. As per reports, he became critical when he had stroke during the emergency surgery followed by the heart attack.[2] Later, he was admitted to Medical Trust Hospital, where he died at 12:35 AM on 14 May 2018.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Television serials (partial)[edit]

Program Channel Roles Notes
Kala Doordarshan rowdy dasappan
Kadamattath Kathanar Asianet Chathukutty Melan
Swamy ayyapan Asianet Moopan
Lipstick Asianet
Police Story
Alona
Kudumbayogam Surya TV
Mattoruval Surya TV
Devimahatmyam Asianet Kannappan
Amma Asianet retired judge Poomankalathe Gopinatha Menon
Ramayanam Mazhavil Manorama Brahmarshi Vishvamitra
Vallarpadathamma Shalom TV
Indira Mazhavil Manorama
Sooryakaladi Amrita TV
Parassini shri Muthappan Jai Hind Ayyankara Illathu vazhunnor
Sathyam Shivam Sundaram Amrita TV Thampuran
Jagratha Amrita TV Nair

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "From stage to screen". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 23 September 2005. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Actor Kalasala Babu in serious condition". www.mangalam.com.
  3. ^ "ചലച്ചിത്ര നടൻ കലാശാല ബാബു അന്തരിച്ചു".

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