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Lover of arts K.D. Chandran is no more
- Vijay Shanker

May 25, 2021

One of the leading social and cultural personalities of Mumbai, K. Doraiswamy Chandran, left for his heavenly abode on 16th May 2021, due to cardiac arrest. Chandran was admitted at the Criti Care Hospital in Juhu, Mumbai, on 12 May due to kidney ailments, which further led to his cardiac arrest. He was 84 and his survived by his daughter, Bharatanatyam dancer and actress Sudha Chandran and son-in-law Ravi.

K. Doraiswamy Chandran hailed from Irinjalakuda, the Kerala Brahmin family of Iyers and later after migrating to Mumbai served the American Centre Library, part of United States Information Services (USIS). I used to meet him in his office in Churchgate. He was such a dynamic and enterprising personality, known for his contribution as a dramatist, writer, director and had established Nritya Sindhu Fine Arts Society, regularly organizing classical music, dance and drama shows and was also associated with Indian Fine Arts Society. Besides participation in Malayalam plays, Chandran also acted in serials and movies like 'Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke', 'Koi Mil Gaya', 'Shararat', 'Har Dil Jo Pyar karega', 'Tere Mere Sapne', 'When One Falls in Love' and 'China Gate.'

Actor and friend of Chandran, Balan Tripunithara 'Balaji' says, "Chandran was such a dear friend and a colourful personality. He was so good looking that without any hesitation he would don female attires too as those days it was not easy to get female actors. He used to regularly organize Malayalam drama shows and troupes were invited from Kerala too. While on a pilgrimage trip to Tirupati, Sudha met with a fatal accident that resulted in the amputation of her foot. Chandran stood like a rock with Sudha and said, 'Do not think that you have lost your foot, my foot is yours.' Hence Chandran was instrumental in shaping her successful career as a dancer and actress too."

After the accident, with the support of the artificial Jaipur foot designed by Dr. P.K.Sethi from Jaipur, Sudha started dancing again and subsequently her life was portrayed in the film 'Nache Mayuri' (Nagi Reddy production) which became a big hit. Sudha became famous with her roles in Balaji tele-serials and movies, due to her strong determination, will power and hard work. Sudha tweeted, "Goodbye, Appa, till we meet again. So proud to be your daughter. I promise you that I will follow your principles and experiences and your values till the last breath of my life. But I must confess a part of me has gone with you. Appa, Ravi and Sudha love you to eternity. Prayers to God that I should be born again as your daughter. Om Shanti."

Vijay Shanker
Vijay Shanker is a Kuchipudi and Kathakali exponent, teacher, bilingual journalist, arts critic and actor.

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