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Veteran Malayalam actress KPAC Lalitha dies at 74, Kerala CM pays tribute

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Kochi: Veteran Malayalam film and stage actress KPAC Lalitha passed away late on Tuesday at a hospital in Kerala’s Kochi. She was 74.

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KPAC Lalitha is survived by her son Sidharth Bharathan, an actor and director, and daughter Sreekutty. She was married to the legendary Malayalam film director late Bharathan.

Lalitha had been bedridden for the past few months.

Known for her versatility in playing a wide range of characters, Lalitha began her acting career as a theatre artist with KPAC (Kerala People’s Arts Club)– a theatre collective in Kerala, five decades ago.

She forayed into the movie industry in 1969 with Koottukudumbam directed by KS Sethumadhavan. Lalitha took a break from acting for some time in the late 1970s, but returned in 1983 with Kattathe Kilikkoodu directed by Bharathan.

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Born as Maheswari Amma in Kayamkulam of Alappuzha, the actress had joined K.P.A.C (Kerala People’s Arts Club), a prominent drama troop in Kerala.

She was then given the screen-name Lalitha and later when she started acting in movies, the tag K.P.A.C was added to her name.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has expressed his condolences on the death of Lalitha. “Lalitha has become part of the history of an era, penetrating the hearts of different generations with her acting skills,” he said.

The Chief Minister recalled her contribution as chairperson of Kerala Lalitha Sangeetha Nataka Akademi and said that she has always been associated with the progressive movement.

Opposition leader V D Satheesan also condoled the demise of KPAC Lalitha and said she was a unique genius in Malayalam cinema and drama.

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“They made each character unique with her extraordinary acting skills. As an artist, she has offered extreme justice to her characters. She was a school of natural acting,” he said.

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