Obituary :Gopan Nair, ex-AIR newsreader and voice behind Malayalam anti-smoking ad, passes away

S Gopan Nair, the voice of the anti-smoking advertisement in Malayalam played in cinemas, is no more. He was a senior journalist and former head of the Malayalam department of Akashavani. He was 79 years old and died of age-related ailments at the Batra Hospital in New Delhi on Monday.
Gopan was only 21 when he joined the Delhi Akashavani as a news presenter. At a time when radio was the only source of news, Gopan's voice let the country know many important news such as the demise of Jawaharlal Nehru and the launch of the Aryabhata satellite. He read the news in Malayalam for nearly 40 years and retired as the head of the Malayalam department. After retirement, Gopan did independent programmes for Doordarshan and Akashavani.
It is also after his retirement that he became a voice of the central government advertisements and Malayalis heard him again in movie theatres. His lines for the anti-smoking ad - 'Swasakosam sponge poleyanu' (Your lungs are like a sponge) - became much popular. He has also lent his voice for advertisements of various ministries of the central government.

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