Indian character actor dies

Viswanathan was in Satyajit Ray film

Indian character actor N. Viswanathan died Nov. 17 in Kolkota, India, of a heart attack. He was 81.

As the pipe-smoking Bannerjee in Satyajit Ray’s 1962 “Kanchenjungha” he essayed the role of the urbane, sophisticated prof, an image he also essayed in Mrinal Sen’s 1961 “Punascha.”

As a former English professor he was able to pull off the “proper English” accent with ease in his films.

His other film credits included “Je jekhane dariye,” “Jiban mrityu,” and “Byatikrami.”

On stage he was one of Utpal Dutt’s troupe of People’s Little Theater before setting up his own Calcutta Players. He also was a newsreader for pubcaster Doordarshan.

Survivors include his wife, Paromita; a son, director Asoke; and a daughter.

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