Karamana Janardanan Nair

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Karamana Janardanan Nair
Karamana Janardanan Nair.jpg
Born(1936-07-25)25 July 1936
Died24 April 2000(2000-04-24) (aged 63)
Other namesKaramana
Spouse(s)Jaya J Nair[1]
  • Sudheer (Son)
  • Sujay (Son)
  • Sunil (Son)
  • Karamana Kunjuveettil Ramaswami Iyyer
  • Bhargaviyamma

Karamana Janardanan Nair (25 July 1936 – 24 April 2000) was one of the most famous Malayalam film actors during the 1980s and 1990s.[3] He won wide acclaim especially for the role of the protagonist in Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Elippathayam.[4] He played the lead role in the K. G. George directed film Mattoral, supported by Mammootty, which was released in 1988. His last role was as Fr. Paulose in the movie FIR.

Personal life[edit]

He was born to Karamana Kunjuveettil Ramaswami Iyyer and Bhargaviyamma on 27 July 1936. He had his primary education from Govt Model Boys High School,Chalai. After doing B.A. he pursued L.L.B. from Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram. He also holds Masters in History from University College Thiruvananthapuram. While at college he was an active member of Student's Federation. He worked at Employees Provident Fund Organisation in Pattom and Akasahvani. He was an active member of Thiruvananthapuram drama clubs. He went to study at National School of Drama in 1962.[5]

He was married to Jaya J Nair. The couple have three children Sunil, Sudheer & Sujay. His son, Sudheer Karamana, is also an actor.[6] He died of a massive stroke complicated by prolonged diabetes on 24 April 2000, aged 64.



  • Kairali Vilasam Lodge (Doordarshan)


  1. ^ http://cinidiary.com/peopleinfo.php?pigsection=Actor&picata=1&no_of_displayed_rows=2&no_of_rows_page=10&sletter=K
  2. ^ http://cinidiary.com/peopleinfo1.php?searchtext=Karamana&pigsection=Actor&picata=1&Search=Search
  3. ^ http://malayalam.webdunia.com/entertainment/film/profile/0804/24/1080424033_1.htm
  4. ^ "It's a small world. -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia". Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  5. ^ http://cinidiary.com/people.php?pigsection=Actor&picata=1&no_of_displayed_rows=24&no_of_rows_page=10&sletter=
  6. ^ My father is my favourite actor - Sudhir Karamana

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