Krishnan Nair Smrithi Sandhya
A commemorative function, book release and Gaananjali mark the Director's 10th death anniversary | By Yentha
On May 27, 2011


Trivandrum: Trivandrum Film Fraternity (TFF) celebrated a Smrithi Sandhya on Thursday evening at the VJT Hall to commemorate M Krishnan Nair’s 10th death anniversary.

The commemorative ceremony inaugurated by Adoor Gopalakrishnan was presided by George Onakoor. SreekumaranThampi, K Madhu and Suresh Kumar addressed the gathering which included celebrities like K P Udayabhanu and Bagyalekshmi. Director Hariharan delivered a commemorative speech.


Director K Madhu, a favourite protégé of Krishnan Nair welcomed the gathering on the occasion. Madhu said that Krishnan Nair sir was a father figure to him, a mentor and guide who introduced him to the glittering world of celluloid. “We were so close that he was with me for all the major occasions in my life- like my directorial debut, my wedding and daughter’s Vidyarambham and the like,” expressed an emotional Madhu.


Book release "Krishnapaksham"


National award winning director Adoor Gopalakrishnan, during his address, expressed his respect for the great director and called him a ‘prime contributor’ to the growth of Malayalam film industry during a period of chaos and disturbance.

Adoor Gopalakrishnan addressing the gathering


“Krishnan Nair identified film as his field of profession right from the beginning. A self-taught and self-made man, he spent hours watching films of Hitchcock to get a mastery over the techniques and complexities of making a film,” opined Adoor.

“His greatest legacy is his student community. His students like Hariharan, K Madhu and others would keep his memory evergreen,” added Adoor.

‘Krishnapaksham’, a book by Krishnan Nair’s son K Jayakumar, IAS, was released on the occasion. SreekumaranThampy released the book by presenting the first copy of the book to George Oonakoor. The book which can be regarded as an unorthodox memoir of a loving son about his famous and distinctive father is also a reality check on three decades of Malayalam cinema. A 'Gaananjali' of selected songs concluded the well-attended event.


Krishnan Nair directed over a 100 films during his long film career. His directorial ventures of the 60s and 70s in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu were all major hits. He passed away in 2001 soon after receiving the J C Daniel award leaving behind a glorious legacy.

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