Narendra Prasad
Narendra Prasad
Born 26 December 1946
Mavelikara, Travancore, British India
Died November 3, 2003(2003-11-03)
Kozhikode, Kerala
Occupation college professor, Actor and Author
Spouse Nanda
Children Deepa, Divya
Parents V Raghava Kurup, P Janaki Amma

Narendra Prasad (26 December 1946 – 3 November 2003) was a popular Indian movie actor, playwright, director, teacher and literary critic. He was born at Mavelikara, Alappuzha District, in the south Indian state of Kerala.

He studied at Bishop Moore College, Mavelikkara for the Pre-degree and at N. S. S. College, Pandalam, for his degree (in Mathematics) and Institute of English, University of Kerala for post-graduation in English Language and Literature. A voracious reader in Malayalam and English, Narendra Prasad distinguished himself as a potential man of letters even as a degree student. He used to take part in the Malayalam and English literary discussions, debates and competitions organised at the college and university levels, and won prizes.

Narendra Prasad started his career as a college teacher; he joined Bishop Moore College in 1967 as lecturer in English. He got into government service in 1968, and worked as Lecturer at Govt. Victoria College, Palakkad, and Govt. Arts College, Trivandrum, and as Professor at University College, Thiruvananthapuram. In 1989 while working as Professor of English at University College, he was selected for the prestigious post of Director, School of Letters of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. He continued in this post till his demise. He is survived by his wife,Nanda Prasad, and two daughters Deepa and Divya(Nritha).

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On stage

Narendra Prasad's love of theatre prompted him to create "Natyagriham", a drama troupe, in the early 1980s. He composed, directed and produced plays for the troupe. Some of those who associated themselves with "Natyagriham" later became great actors in Malayalam films-- 'Bharat' Murali, Gopakumar, Aliyar Kunju and Rashid, to name a few. Kaithapram Damodaran Nambudiri, the noted Malayalam lyricist, used to compose music for the troupe."Sowparnika" a play written & directed by him won the Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award in many categories in 1983.Other productions include"Velliyazcha", "Shanidasha", "Marthandavarma Engane Rakshapettu","Moonu Prabhukkanmar","Satheerthian " etc.

Prasad's noted literary works include the novel "Alanjavar Anveshichavar" , the critical works entitled "Nishedhikalae Manasilakku", "Adhunikathinte Madyanu", "Ente Sahitya Nirupanangal", "Jadi Paranjal Enthe", and the critically acclaimed and award-winning play "Souparnilka". It is as a playwright and critic that Prasad became known in the Malayalam literary world. He won the Sangeetha Nataka and Sahitya Akademi awards for his contributions to drama.

Movies

Narendra Prasad got into the tinsel world while working at the School of Letters. He earned recognition as a talented actor with his powerful portrayal of semi-villanous characters. His hit films include Aaram Thamburan, Thalasthanam,Paithrukam, Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans, Ekalavyan, Yadavam, Ulsava Melam, Njangal Santhushtaranu, Ustaad, Vazhunnor, Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu and Susanna. He acted in over 150 films, winning the State Award for the 'Best Supporting Actor' for "Paithrukam.".

Personal life

Born in 1946 to V Raghava Kurup and P Janaki Amma. Survived by wife Nanda and two children: Deepa and Divya.[1]

Death

He died at the PVS Hospital, Kozhikode on November 3rd, due to cardio-respiratory arrest from which he failed to recover. He was admitted in the hospital for breathlessness, caused by interstitial lung disease (ILD), a condition that caused disintegration of his lungs. Though he gained consciousness, later on his condition worsened.[2]

Filmography

  • Deepangal Sakshi (2005) .... Mullakkal Bhaskaran Nair
  • The Campus (2005) .... Narendran
  • Kerala House Udan Vilpanakku (2004) .... Paramu Nair
  • Kottaram Vaidyan (2004) .... Bhageerathan
  • Kusruthi (2004) .... Sreevallabhavan
  • Gaurisankaram (2003)
  • Valathottu Thirinjal Nalamathe Veedu (2003) .... Aditya Varma
  • Varum Varunnu Vannu (2003) .... Varghese Vaidyan
  • Mizhi Randilum (2003) .... Musafir Babu
  • Nakshathrakkannulla Rajakumaran Avanundoru Rajakumari (2002) .... Adv Veerabhadra Kurup
  • Dany (2002) .... Fr. Simon
  • Videsi Nair Swadesi Nair (2002) .... Bhaskaran Nair
  • One Man Show (2001) .... K. R. Menon
  • Megasandesam (2001) .... Samuel
  • Nakshathragal Parayathirunnathu (2001) .... Vasudeva Panicker
  • Punyam (2001)
  • Randam Bhavam (2001) .... Ananthakrishnan's father
  • Saivar Thirumeni (2001) .... Mazhamangalathu Narayanan Nampoothirippadu
  • Narashimham (2000)
  • F.I.R(1999) .... Rahim Haji
  • Njangal Santhushtaranu (1999) .... Geethu's Father
  • Rushy Vamsam (1999)
  • Udayapuram Sulthan (1999) .... Avittam Thirunal Narayana Varma
  • Ustaad (1999) .... Nandan's Father
  • Vazhunnor (1999) .... Kochousepp
  • Aakhosham (1998)
  • Elavamkodu Desam (1998) .... Adithyan
  • Kottaram Veettile Apputtan (1998)
  • Mayilpeelikkavu (1998) .... Rahuleyan
  • Kaliyattam (1997)
  • Aaram Thamburan (1997) .... Kolapulli Appan
  • Asuravamsam (1997) .... Mayor Swami/Ranganathan Swamy
  • Bhoopathi (1997) .... Mahendra Varma
  • Kalyanappittannu (1997)
  • Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu (1997) .... Meenakshi's Father
  • Suvarna Simhaasanam (1997) .... Meledathu Madhavan Nair
  • Kathapurushan (1996) .... Vasu
  • Dilliwala Rajakumaran (1996) .... Maharaja
  • Excuse Me Ethu Collegila (1996)
  • Rajaputhran (1996) .... Vamadevan Karunan
  • Sulthan Hyderali (1996)
  • Oru Abhibhashakante Case Diary (1995) .... Jagadish T. Nambiar
  • Aksharam (1995) .... Krishna Murthy
  • Alancheri Thamprakkal (1995) .... Chanthappan Gurukkal
  • Aniyan Bava Chetan Bava (1995) .... Kuttan Bava (Chettan Bava)
  • Kalamasseriyil Kalyanayogam (1995) .... Sankara Menon
  • Kidilol Kidilam (1995) .... Ramabhadran
  • Mangalam Veettil Manaseswari Gupta (1995) .... Muthachan
  • Sargavasantham (1995)
  • Sindoora Rekha (1995) .... Menon
  • Thirumanassu (1995) .... Thirumanassu
  • Tom & Jerry (1995) .... Ananthan Nambiar/Chandrasekhara Varma
  • Sukrutham (1994) .... Doctor
  • Vishnu (1994) .... Mathews
  • Bheesmacharya (1994) .... Rajakumaran Thampy
  • CID Unnikrishnan B.A., B.Ed. (1994) .... CID Agency Head
  • Galileo (1994) .... Galileo
  • Malappuram Haji Mahanaya Joji (1994)
  • Pavithram (1994) .... Sankaran Pillai
  • Vardhakya Puranam (1994)
  • Aayirappara (1993) .... Padmanabha Kaimal
  • Ammayane Sathyam (1993) .... Jaganatha Varma
  • Bandhukkal Sathrukkal (1993)
  • Bhagyavan (1993) .... Divakaran Thekkinthada
  • Ekalavyan (1993) .... Swami Amoorthananda
  • Janam (1993) .... Azheekkal Raghavan
  • Kavadiyattam (1993)
  • Meleparambil Aanveedu (1993) .... Thrivikram muthallali
  • Paithrukam (1993)
  • Pravachakan (1993) .... Kurian
  • Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans (1993) .... Kunjikannan Nambyar
  • Aardram (1992)
  • Kudumbasametham (1992)
  • Ootty Pattanam (1992) .... Rajashekhara Varma
  • Pandu Pandoru Rajakumari (1992) .... Robert Franklin D'Souza
  • Rajasilpi (1992) .... Staanu Aashaan
  • Thalastaanam (1992) .... G. Parameswaran
  • Ulsava Melam (1992)
  • Advaitham (1991) .... Sreekanta Pothuwal

Television

Towards the second half of the nineties he ventured into television. Shayama Prasad's tele-film Peruvazhiyile Kariyilakal, was Prasad's first venture on the small screen.

Documentary on Prof.Late Narendraprasad's life Arangozhinja Akshara Prabhu was produced and directed by Arun S Kulakkara [2011].

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