The troupe with about 40 people were travelling by bus, which overturned and the Kathakali artiste and son of the late Arakunnam Chelat Ramdas, Elamakkara Ranjith, 35, died. Father of Ranjith is a relative of the former Chief Minister of Kerala, C. Achutha Menon. The accident occurred at the Dharmapuri bypass, about 150 km from Salem. Artistes Idavela Babu, Sneha, Aparna, Gopala Krishnan and Mukundan were injured as well and admitted to the Nathan Hospital in Salem. The condition of the injured is not serious.
Ranjith, a native of Chottanikkara, Ernakulum and a Kathakali performer had joined the troupe recently. He was a student from the Kerala Kalamandalam, famous school for classical arts in the state. The injured, including Aparna Nair (lead actress in the play), were admitted to a local hospital. Chayamukhi is produced by Kalidas Visual Magic, a production house promoted by Mohanlal.