Karamana Janardanan Nair
|Born||25 July 1936|
|Died||24 April 2000 63)(aged|
|Spouse(s)||Jaya J. Nair |
Karamana Janardanan Nair (25 July 1936 – 24 April 2000) was a Malayalam film actor, who was active during the 1980s and 1990s. He was especially known for his character roles.  He won wide acclaim especially for the role of the protagonist in Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Elippathayam (1981). He notably played the villain role along with Thilakan in Pattanapravesham (1988).  He played the lead role in the K. G. George directed film Mattoral , supported by Mammootty, which was released in 1988. His last role was as Fr. Paulose in the movie FIR (1999) and died a year later.
He was born to Karamana Kunjuveettil Ramaswami Iyyer and Bhargaviyamma on 27 July 1936. He had his primary education from Govt Model Boys High School, Chalai. After doing B.A., he pursued L.L.B. from Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram. He also holds Masters in History from University College Thiruvananthapuram. While at college he was an active member of Student's Federation of India (SFI). He worked at Employees Provident Fund Organisation in Pattom and Akasahvani. He was an active member of Thiruvananthapuram drama clubs. He went to study at National School of Drama in 1962. 
He was married to Jaya J Nair. The couple have three children Sunil, Sudheer & Sujay. His son, Sudheer Karamana, is also an actor.  He died of a massive stroke complicated by prolonged diabetes on 24 April 2000, aged 64.
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