Ramayana’s Ravan Arvind Trivedi passes away

His family announced that Arvind Trivedi, a veteran theatre and film actor who rose to national fame playing the role of Demon King Ravana (Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana) has died. He was 82.

According to Kaustubh Trivedi, his nephew and Gujarat theatre producer, Trivedi had been suffering from a variety of age-related ailments for a while.

His death occurred Tuesday night at his Kandivali west suburban home. The last rites were performed by the Dahanukarwadi Crematorium.

Trivedi, the brother of Upendra, a veteran Gujarati actor, also appeared in “Vikram Au Betaal” and “Vishwamitra”, as well as over 300 Hindi and Gujarati films.

He briefly entered politics in 1991 and was elected Lok Sabha MP from Gujarat’s Sabarkantha Constituency on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket. He served a full term until 1996, while also serving as CBFC Chairman for a short period in 2002-2003.

Trivedi’s death was mourned by many prominent figures from Gujarati and Hindi cinema, including his co-actors on Sagar’s 1986 TV magnum opus “Ramayana”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who condoled Trivedi’s passing, said that he was “not only an extraordinary actor, but also passionate about public service and, for generations of Indians. He will be remembered for the Ramayan TV serial”.