SANTOSH SIVAN ASC , ISC (born 8 February 1964) is an Indian
cinematographer , film director, producer and actor known for his
Malayalam cinema ,
* 1 Early life and education
* 2 Career
* 2.1 Late 1999s and present * 2.2 Production * 2.3 Documentary
* 3 Filmography
* 3.1 As actor
* 4 Awards
* 4.1 International
* 5 References * 6 External links
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Santosh was born into a family of artists. His grandmother used to teach him painting and music in the palace and as a kid he accompanied her to the palace. These visits gave him an opportunity to become familiar with the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, a nineteenth-century Indian painter whose renowned works were themes from Hindu mythology, and everyday life of his times. He graduated from Loyola School, Thiruvananthapuram .
His grandmother often narrated the mythological stories of the themes of these paintings, where in the postures, colours guided the imagination. This turned out to be his very first visual education ( later he made some of these into celluloid and also acted as "Raja Ravi Varma " in a feature! ).
His father used to make documentaries and during holidays he would excitedly, volunteer to help. These trips were very interesting. He loved sketching with charcoal, and was fascinated by details that you observe when you want to sketch. During these travels to remote areas in South India, He was fortunate to listen folklore's and stories of people of the land. He is the younger brother of filmmaker Sangeeth Sivan and elder brother of Sanjeev Sivan. The trio are the sons of the well known cinematographer and director Sivan.
Santosh, a founder member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers
and the most awarded Director of Photography in India, graduated from
the Film and Television Institute of
He was awarded the National Award for best
Santosh was honoured by the Japanese Society of Cinematographers and has been on the Jury for the Busan Film Festival. He is a "mentor" to students for Mira Nair's "Maisha Film Lab: in Uganda and is a director to the Sivan Foundation of photography. He was also a governing council member at the Pune Film Institute.
As a director, Santosh won his first National Award in 1988 for the film Story of Tiblu (1988). His film Halo was honoured at the 43rd National Film Awards as the Best Children's Film and Best Sound.
LATE 1999S AND PRESENT
Santosh received worldwide accolades for The Terrorist (presented by
Following the success of The Terrorist , Santosh's film MALLI won the
National Award for Best Environmental Film in
Santosh's subsequent films include ASOKA , which screened at the
Venice and Toronto Film Festivals (2001) and Navarasa , which won the
National Award for Best Tamil Film (2004) and the Monaco Award for
Best Film & Best Supporting Actor awarded at the Lyons Film Festival.
The latter also participated in the Pusan and Rotterdam Film
Festivals. His debut Malayalam Language film as director,
Anandabhadram (2005), went on to win several State Awards, including
Best Director & Best Cinematographer. Santosh has worked as the
Before the Rains
His latest Malayalam film, Urumi (2011) was screened at the Indian Panorama of the International Film Festival of India