Pune: India’s pioneering film archivist and film scholar PK Nair, the founder and former director of the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), passed away here on Friday morning following prolonged illness, said filmmaker and film archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur. He was 82.

Nair, who was in critical condition since the last 10 days, passed away at 11 am at a hospital here due to cardiac arrest, Dungarpur told IANS.

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“Tomorrow (Saturday) his body will be kept from 8 am in the morning at NFAI and the cremation will take place after that,” Dungarpur, also the founder director of Film Heritage Foundation, added.

Dungarpur directed a documentary film “Celluloid Man” in 2012, which explored the life and work of Nair. The film won two National Awards at the 60th National Film Awards, including Best Biographical Film and Best Editing.

Nair was awarded the Satyajit Ray Memorial Award in 2008.