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Who was N. S. Krishnan?

N. S. Krishnan or Nagercoil Sudalaimuthu Krishnan is popularly known as Kalaivanar (‘Lover of arts’) and also as NSK, was an Indian actor-comedian, theatre artist, playback singer, and writer in the early stages of the Tamil film industry – in the 1940s and 1950s.

N. S. Krishnan died at the age of 49 on 30-08-1957 at the General Hospital in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. He died due to complications of the disease.

 He is considered as the “Charlie Chaplin of India.” His stage and cine-screen comedy performances were unique and always carried a message for the people.

N. S. Krishnan Biography

Born29 November 1908 Nagercoil, Tamil NaduIndia
Died30 August 1957 (aged 48) Madras, India
Years active1935–1957
Spouse(s)1931 Nagammal, 1939 T. A. Madhuram, T. A. Vembammal
ChildrenKolappan Nagammal
Parent(s)Father : Sudalaimuthu
Mother : Esakki

Personal life

He was married to actress T. A. Madhuram. His grandson NSK Rajan has acted in the film Nagareega Komaali (2006). His granddaughters Anu Vardhan and Ramya NSK are working as a costume designer and playback singer in the film industry respectively.


N. S. Krishnan started his career as a Villu Paatu artist (the Tamil way of reciting stories while singing songs and playing a musical instrument in the form of a bow called “Villu”), He later became involved in Tamil drama and stage shows, as were many film artistes. He acted in nearly 150 Tamil films and the matinee-duo of N. S. Krishnan and T. A. Madhuram (later his wife) was very popular in his day.

Though he was more popular among the Tamil populace as a film comedian, Kalaivanar was instrumental in bringing a number of leading Tamil stage and film personalities to the fore. 


  • The leading Tamil Nadu politician and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu ‘Kalaignar’ Karunanidhi, when asked once by a journalist (of the Tamil magazine Kumudham) about who the non-political hero in his life was, answered it was Kalaivanar. Karunanidhi knew him well and worked in some of his film projects.
  • Kalaivanar was an active member of the Dravidian Movement. Kalaivanar Arangam (or Kalaivanar Arts Centre) was named after him.[7] The building is one of the leading landmarks in the city of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu.

As Director

  • Panam (1952) – Dialogues by M Karunanidhi
  • Manamagal (1951) – Dialogues by M Karunanidhi
  • Pelli Koothuru (1951)

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