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Sivan, a veteran cinematographer, died of a heart attack at the age of 89.

Thiruvananthapuram: According to family sources, the early mentor of acclaimed film cinematographer Santosh Sivan – his father, popularly known as Sivan – died here on Thursday. He had collapsed in his home and was taken to the hospital, where he died of a cardiac arrest. The 89-year-old began his career as a still photographer more than six decades ago, and his studio has been the hub of all cultural activities over the years.

He began as a still photographer and progressed to filmmaking, producing and directing films, and directing the film in 1991. He directed ‘Abhayam,’ which was nominated for a national film award for best children’s film.

Sivan’s photographs have appeared in prestigious magazines such as National Geographic, Span, and Newsweek, to name a few.

Santosh began his glittering film career as a photographer under his tutelage and hasn’t looked back since.

Santosh has an elder brother, Sangeeth, who is also a well-known film personality, as well as a younger brother, Sanjeev, who is also a well-known film personality. Sivan’s wife had died a few months before. Saritha, their daughter, is also present.

On Friday, the last rites would be performed here.

Sivan’s death was mourned by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

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