Malayalam comedian and Kadhaprasangam artiste V D Rajappan passes away at 68

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Renowned ‘Kadhaprasangam’ (storytelling performance) artiste and comedian V D Rajappan passed away on Thursday morning—to join the exquisite band of Malayalam artistes who departed this year.

He died at a private hospital in Kottayam. He was 68. He had reportedly suffered from various ailments and had also had financial problems. 

Rajappan conquered the minds of Malayali audience during the 70s through the comical presentation of ‘Kadhaprasangam’. He was also known for his extraordinary skills in creating film-song parodies and later became a well-know comedian in the Malayalam film industry.

While renowned Kadhaprasangam artistes such as V Sambasivan and Kollam Babu reigned the stage with conventional material, Rajappan too managed to capture the audience’s imagination through the unconventional route by presenting stories that personified the animal kingdom. 

Several of his stories and songs including Chikayunna Sundari, Priye Ninte Kura, Pothu Puthri, Kumari Eruma and Ennum Ente Kurangu Ettan were made into audio cassettes at a time when the format was popular. Mak-mak, a love story of a frog and a water snake was his first comical Kadhaprasangam. 

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