Renowned Ottanthulal artist Kalamandalam Geethanandan died during a performance at Avittathur, near Irinjalakuda, on Sunday evening. He was 58.
The artist was given first aid and taken to a hospital, but could not be saved. Geethanandan, who performed on more than 5,000 stages across the country, was also a tutor of Ottanthullal at Kerala Kalamandalam for decades.
He was also the first artist to perform thullal at Paris.
Geethanandan has also done several films in Malayalam. He made his debut in the industry with the film 'Kamaladalam'.
He is survived by his wife Shobana and children Sanalkumar and Sreelakshmi, who are also Thullal artists.