No Malayalee will ever forget the mastering voice and smile of Chalakudy. Yes it’s none other than Kalabhavan Mani. Mani, who hailed from an economically backward family at Chalakkudy in Thrissur district, started his career as mimicry artiste at Kalabhavan in Kochi and then did comedy roles in Malayalam films. He was known for inimitable mannerisms as comedy artiste.
Later, he donned lead roles in several movies and performed as a playback singer. He had acted in more than 100 Malayalam films. Mani passed away at a hospital in Kochi on March 6th 2016. Actor Kalabhavan Mani, 45, died in Kochi due to liver ailment.
Mani had bagged national special jury award in 2000 for his performance in Malayalam film Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum. He started his acting career in the Malayalam film Aksharam as an auto driver. Since then, he has acted in several movies as a comedian. He has proved his acting prowess in movies like ‘Vasanthiyum Laksmiyum Pinne Njanum’, in which he plays a blind street singer. He has acted in more than 80 films in Malayalam and more than 20 films in Tamil. At first he was a comedian and then he turned out to be a serious actor as well as a strong villain. Another remarkable serious role was in the film Karumadi Kuttan.
He is also a professional playback singer and a singer of Nadan Paattu (folk songs). His first album was Kannimanga Prayathil. He has since established a parallel industry of ‘Nadan Pattukal’, selling a record number of releases. He has also released a few religious songs and Mappila Pattukal which however did not make an expected impact in the market.
Eventually he became popular all across South India portraying negative characters in an unusual style. Despite all the popularity, Mani is known for his down-to-earth personality and for providing various humanitarian aids to people in need. People in Chalakudi are very much fond of him. Till now many probes are surrounding his death and cause of it.
We secondshow team express our deepest condolence on Kalabavan Mani’s 1st death anniversary.