Roots and flowers
Born into a illustrious family, Madhu Ambat’s artistic roots are easy to understand. His great grandfather Kundoor Narayana Menon was a great poet. He was a pioneer in taking Malayalam poetry out of the clutches of Sanskrit.a renowned poet. He is considered to be the first poet in Malayalam to write without any influence of Sanskrit.
His grandfather Ambat Sivarama Menon was a brilliant lawyer in Madras High court. In 1936, he was first elected to the Cochin Legislative Council. Two years later, he was appointed Minister for Rural Development on June 17, 1937. He was the first elected minister of an Indian state.
K. Bhagyanth, M. A., Madhu’s father, resigned from the secured profession of a Professor of English to start his full evening show of magic and illusions. Fantasia, as his show was known, was the biggest show of magical entertainment in South India. For presenting Fantasia 2 lorry loads of magical equipment were used. A crew of 25 people appeared on stage.
Madhu Ambat’s roots of photographic talents can be traced to his father who was an amateur photographer in his younger days. He has won many awards for his pictures and he has many magazine cover pictures to his credit.
After graduating in Physics from Victoria College, Palghat, Kerala, Madhu Ambat got admission in both Indian Institute of Technology and Film & Television Institute of India. Both his father and mother, Sulochana Bhyagyanath, encouraged him to choose a career which he loved best. Madhu Ambat’s heart was with cinema and his parents stood behind him, inspiring him to reach great heights.
By the time he graduated from FTII, his only sister Vidhubala had become one of the most popular actresses in Malayalam cinema. A talented bharathanatyam dancer, she acted in more than 100 films before she got married to Murali Kumar. She has a son Arjun. They live in Calicut.
Madhu Ambat lives in Chennai. He is married to Latha and has two sons: Darshan and Rythwin.
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