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Balan K. Nair dead

By Our Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, AUG. 26. Veteran cine actor and Bharath Award winner, Balan K. Nair, today died at the Sree Chitra Medical Centre here, where he was undergoing treatment for cancer.

The end came at 11-15 a.m., according to hospital sources. The body would be taken to his family house at Shoranur for cremation. He is survived by his wife, Ms. Sarada, and children, Anil, Meghanathan, Ajayakumar, Latha and Sujatha.

The Leader of the Opposition, Mr. A.K. Antony, the CPI(M) State secretary, Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan, the Mayor, Mr. V. Sivankutty, Mr. Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Mr. T.P. Madhavan, cine star, and Mr. K. Madhu, director, paid homage to the body at the centre.

Later, the body was kept at the Kalabhavan Theatre for the public to pay their homage. People from various walks of life paid their last respects to the departed actor.

The Chief Minister, Mr.E.K.Nayanar, has condoled the death of Balan K.Nair.

In a condolence message, Mr. Nayanar described Balan K. Nair as an actor who had a distinct style of acting. His ability to portray characters which have an ever-lasting appeal in the minds of the cineastes is unparalleled, he said.

The Governor, Mr. Sukh Dev Singh Kang, described Balan K. Nair who had acted in 400 films as an extraordinary talent. He had won many honours including the Bharat Award. The Governor conveyed his grief to the family of the veteran actor.

The Speaker, Mr. M. Vijayakumar, the Finance Minister, Mr.T.Sivadasa Menon, the Revenue Minister, Mr.K.E.Ismail, the Education Minister, Mr.P.J.Joseph, the KPCC(I) president, Mr.Thennala Balakrishna Pillai, and the Kerala Congress(J) leader, Mr.T.M.Jacob, have condoled the death.

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