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C. P. Padmakumar

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Chengazhisseri Purushotaman Padmakumar, was born in Trivandrum, Kerala, India on March 5, 1952. He graduated from the University of Kerala [BSc Botany] in 1973.

C.P. Padmakumar was a film maker and director of unique quality. He came out with his debut film "The Track" in 1977,a short film which was a striking piece of art harmoniously blending with deep philosophy; "the meaninglessness of hope and hopelessness." He had an eye for visual beauty, the kind that makes one plunge into wonder. Every frame in his films was a masterpiece, a symphony of fine visual orchestration. It is no wonder why Aravindan picked Padmakumar as his Art Director.

He was a painter & designer form the late 1960s. He printed and published the literary magazine "Nithyatha". Nithyatha was one of the pioneering modern literary magazines in Kerala during the early 70's.


Film Role Year Category
The Track Director 1977 Short Film
Kanchana Sita Assistant Director 1977 Feature Film
Thampu (The Circus Tent) Assistant Director 1978 Feature Film
Kummatty Assistant Director 1979 Feature Film
Esthappan Assistant Director 1980 Feature Film
Aparna Producer/Director 1981 Documentary
Chidambaram Associate Director 1985 Feature Film
The day of silence Director 1986 Feature Film
Oridathu Art Director 1987 Feature Film
Marattam Art Director 1988 Feature Film
Unni Assistant Director 1989 Feature Film
Niramizhikal Director 1989 Documentary
Vasthuhara Art Director 1991 Feature Film
Swam Art Director 1994 Feature Film
Sammohanam Producer/Director 1994 Feature Film
Independence Director 1997 Documentary
Gathy Director 2005 Short Film
Savari Director 2006 Short Film
Bakel Director 2008 Short Film
Take Care Director 2010 Short Film
Food Security Director 2011 Short Film
Mind that Flows (Unpublished) Director/Narrator - Docu-Fiction

Awards and Recognition[1][edit]

  • Aparna [Malayalam 1981] - Kerala State film Award for Black & white Cinematography
  • Sammohanam [Malayalam, 1994] - Edinburgh Film Festival, UK [Awarded Best of Fest].
    • Fukuoka Asian Film Festival At Fukuoka, Japan [Special mention for artistic excellence].
    • Manheim Film Festival, Germany, as official entry in the competitive section Fribourg Film Festival , Switzerland.
    • Bradford Film Festival, UK, as official entry.

Summary of Short films[1][edit]

  1. The Track [1977] – Debut film, A philosophical film that dealt with the despondency of old age.
  2. The day of silence [1986] – A film on leprosy shot at the sanatoriums of Nooranad and Vattappara, Kerala, with an interview of Sri. Baba Amte.
  3. Niramizhikal [1989] – A film for India Population project.
  4. Independence [1997] – Indian Independence through the eyes of freedom fighters.
  5. Gathy [2005] – A short film on two wheeler Road safety precautions.
  6. Savari [2006] – On safe Autorikshaw driving.
  7. Bakel [2008] – A film for tourism promotion for Bakel Tourism Development Corporation.
  8. Take Care [2010] – A short film on safe school bus driving.
  9. Food Security [2011] – Documentary for Kudumbasree mission.


On April 12, 2012, He was admitted to a Hospital in Ernakulam and was diagnosed with a form of liver cancer, Cholangiocarcinoma. On May 12, 2012, he passed away.


  1. 1.0 1.1 ".:CPP Foundation:". www.cppadmakumarfoundation.com. Retrieved 2017-04-21.

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