N. S. Krishnan, popularly known as Kalaivanar and also as NSK was a leading Tamil film comedian, drama artist, playback singer and writer in the early stages of the Tamil film industry - in the 1940s and 1950s. Born in Ozhuginachery, Nagercoil, in the princely state of Travancore, India on 29 November, 1908, his stage and cine-screen comedy performances were unique and always carried a message for the people. Kalaivanar N. S. Krishnan died at the age of 49, on 30 August, 1957. The modern day Tamil cine comedian Vivek, who follows a similar style in movies, is dubbed Chinna (younger) Kalaivanar. In the 60s, KulaDeivam RajaGopal was known as Chinna Kalaivanar.
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