Family sources said music director Issac Thomas Kottukapalli died in Chennai on Thursday. He was 72 years old.
Kottukapalli received the National Award for Best Background Music in 2010 for the Malayalam film Adaminte Makan Abu.
He composed music for several films including Sanskaram, Kutty Shrank, Swaham, Bhavam and Kunjananthan Kara.
Born in Pala in Kottayam district, Kerala, he studied direction and screenplay at the Pune Film Institute. After completing his music course from the American Teachers School in Kodaikanal, Kottukapalli attended Trinity College of Music in London and passed sixth grade in piano.
He also received the State Film Award for Best Background Music for four films – Bhavam (2002), Margam (2003), Sancharam and Oridham (2004). Kottukapalli entered the world of cinema through KG George’s film ‘Mannu’. Later, he assisted director G. Aravindan.
He wrote the screenplay for films like Thampu, Kummati and Esthappan. It was with Esthappan that Kottukapalli stepped into the background music scene.