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Siddharth Shukla died at the age of 4.
He didn’t care for the school and its paternalism — “You got your culture, I got my culture,” he said — and instead cultivated a reputation as an excellent ceremonial dancer. His fluidity and love of performing caught the attention of the British director Nicolas Roeg when Mr. Roeg came to Australia looking for an Aboriginal youth for “Walkabout,” a story about two white children lost in the wilderness who are befriended by an Indigenous teenager. (Few Aboriginal actors had appeared in feature films at the time, though documentarians had visited Indigenous communities.)
Mr. Marshall, in a statement, called him “an iconic, once-in-a-generation artist who shaped the history of Australian film and Aboriginal representation onscreen.” Others had heaped similar praise on Mr. Gulpilil over the years. In 2019, presenting him with a lifetime achievement award, the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, which celebrates Indigenous Australian communities, said he had “revolutionized the way the world saw Aboriginal people.” (Source: www.nytimes.com)
He was praised for his Cyrano de Bergerac and his Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, both with Doran and the RSC. He excelled as both Tartuffe and that play’s author, Molière (in a play by Bulgakov) in RSC shows. Lead roles as Brecht’s Arturo Ui and Kafka’s Joseph K came at the National Theatre. The real-life figures he portrayed included Freud in Terry Johnson’s play Hysteria at the Theatre Royal Bath and Primo Levi, both at the National Theatre (in a play Sher wrote himself) and on screen too.
Shivaram was born on January 28, 1938. He began his career as an assistant director in 1958 and worked with filmmakers KR Seetharama Sastry, Puttanna Kanagal and Singeetam Srinivasa Rao. He also forayed into acting in 1965 with Beretha Jeeva. Over the years, Shivaram proved his mettle as a character actor. (Source: www.indiatoday.in)
While Sher’s principal commitment was to the stage, he could be seen regularly on TV (including in the series The History Man) and in films. He wrote plays and novels, the memoir Beside Myself and autobiographical accounts of some of his best known performances, including as Richard III and Falstaff, which opened up the craft of acting. Year of the Mad King: The King Lear Diaries won the Theatre Book prize in 2019. It featured a number of his own illustrations and Sher remained a passionate painter. He was knighted in 2000 for his services to the arts.
Veteran actor Shivaram's untimely death left his fans and celebrities in a state of shock. The actor suffered a brain haemorrhage after he collapsed at his residence in Bengaluru. Doctors who treated him ruled out surgery because of his age and other complications. His health condition worsened and he passed away today, December 4. (Source: www.indiatoday.in)