Sunday, October 7, 2012

VEMBAYAM APPUKUTTAN PILLAI

Well distinguished and renowned Kathakali performer 'Vembayam Appukuttan Pillai' expired yesterday morning at Trivandrum due to Cardiac failure.He was
one of the founders of 'Parama Bhattaraka Kalamandalam', a school for Kathakali training started at Abhedandashram at Trivandrum with the patronage of Abhedanada Swamiji.
He is survived by his wife Radhamma who is a 'Kerala Nadanam Dance Specialist, and two daughters.His wife is dance teacher at Jawahar Balabhavan,Trivandrum.His daughters are married and settled at Trivandrum.
                       Appukuttan Pillai was born at Vembayam of Trivandrum District in 1942 and belonged to 'Pazhaya Madhom' family.His parents were Padmanabha Pillai and Kunji Amma.
He got training in Kathakali Dance from the age of 14 after passing 8 th standard at school.His masters were Pirappancodu Kunjan Pillai,Guru Chengannur Raman Pillai and Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair.Later he was trained at Tripunithura R.L.V. Institute and got diploma also.
His contemporaries were 'Mayyanadu Kesavan Nampoothiri' and 'Thonnakkal Peethambaran.
He performed Kathakali  all over India and abroad.He used to enact characters in all categories such as 'Pacha' 'Kathi' Thadi' 'Minukku' 'Kari' etc.His characters such as 'Karkodakan'  'Kali'  'Hanuman'  etc got much appreciation.



He was recipient of several honours and awards from famous  organisations including 'Sangeetha Nadaka Academy'.