Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran still photographer and film-maker Sivan died on Thursday, family sources said. He was 89.
Noted film-makers Sangeeth Sivan, Santhosh Sivan and Sanjeev Sivan are his sons.
"It's with great sadness that I share with you all d tragic news that my father, Mr. Sivan, breathed his last today," Sangeeth Sivan, his son and noted film director, posted on Facebook.
Sivan was the first press photographer in Kerala. He was also the still photographer of the classic Malayalam movie 'Chemmeen' which was released in 1965.
Sivan directed 'Abhayam' in 1991, which bagged the national film award for the Best Children's film.
'Abhayam', 'Yagam', 'Mohangal', 'Kilivaathil, Keshu', 'Oru Yathra' are among his notable works.
"He was our inspiration & role model. What he accomplished was achieved through hard work, dedication, discipline & foresight. Am sure he would continue to guide us on our onward journey. Forever indebted & will always be in our hearts. Love you Dad for everything & I m sure you will be watching over us from your place among d clouds & stars. Om Shanthi," Sangeeth Sivan posted on Facebook.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala, Assembly Speaker M B Rajesh and other politicians condoled the death of Sivan.
"Sivan was well-known in the movie industry especially for his cinematography skills. His 'Sivan studio' at Thiruvananthapuram was a popular gathering spot for many prominent cultural icons," Vijayan said in his condolence message.
Speaker Rajesh condoled Sivan's death and said he was quite active in the cultural sphere of the state capital.
"As the first press photographer in Thiruvananthapuram, he captured many historic moments," Rajesh said.