National award-winning art director P Krishnamoorthy, known for his work in Tamil films like Bharathi and Imsai Arasan 23aam Pulikesi, passed away in Chennai on December 13, Sunday, due to age-related ailments. The five-time National Award winner was 77. A resident of Madipakkam in Chennai, Krishnamoorthy’s last rites will be held at his house on Monday afternoon.
Born in the coastal town of Poompuhar, Krishnamoorthy entered the film industry with GV Iyer’s Hamsa Geethe in 1975, a Kannada film. This film, based on the life of 18th century Carnatic musician Bhairavi Venkatasubbaiah, received two National Awards post its release. Krishnamoorthy’s first National Award was, however, for Madhvacharya, directed by GV Iyer. The two have worked in films such as Adi Shankaracharya (1983), Madvach
Krishnamoorthy was a passionate artist even as a child. He received his formal training from the School of Arts, Madras, and then dabbled in designing sets for theatre plays and dance performances before entering cinema.
Over the span of 40 years, Krishnamoorthy has worked in Sanskrit, Hindi, Bengali, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, French and English films. Some of his popular Tamil films include Indira, Sangamam, Thenali, Kut
Notably, he won two National Awards for his work in Bharathi. Ramanujan was his last Tamil film which was released in 2014.
Krishnamoorthy had also worked with directors like M Night Shyamalan (Praying with Anger) and Jag Mundhra (Perfumed Garden)