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Filmmaker and former FTII director John Sankaramangalam passes away at 84


He has directed Malayalam films like Janmabhoomi (1969), Aval Alpam Vaikippoyi (1971) and Saramsham (1995), and also made several documentaries for the ministry of information and broadcasting. 

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Filmmaker and former director of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) John C Sankaramangalam passed away today (30 July) at a hospital in Kerala due to an age-related illness. He was 84. 

He has directed Malayalam films like Janmabhoomi (1969), Aval Alpam Vaikippoyi (1971) and Saramsham (1995), and also made several documentaries for the ministry of information and broadcasting. 

Sankaramangalam was born in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala. He initially worked as a school teacher after completing his education from SB College and Madras Christian College. Following his passion for films, he joined the FTII in 1962 and entered the Malayalam film industry after a completing a diploma course. He has won two National Awards and several state awards in his career. 

He was also the executive member of Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinema et de Television (CILECT), an association of the world’s major film and television schools founded in Cannes, and vice chairman of Kerala Chalachhithra Academy.