The Versatile Actor Kalabhavan Mani passed away at a hospital in Kochi on Sunday. He was 45 years old. Initially he was an Auto-driver. He started his career as mimicry artist with the Kalabhavan troupe. He acted as hero in many Malayalam movies and was a very popular folk singer and stage performer. Also he acted in Tamil and Telugu languages.
He won Kerala state award and National award in the category of Special Jury Award in 2000 for Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njanum. He was hospitalised a couple of days ago with a liver ailment.