Thursday, March 14, 2013

KALAMANDALAM RAMANKUTTY NAIR

Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair, who was the living legend of 'Kalluvazhy Chitta' in its purest form expired on March 11, 2013 at the age of 87.
Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair was born at   'Vellinezhy' of Palakkad District in an ordinary family.There were no Kathakali artists in the family but the people of Vellinezhy were highly  involved in arts and cultural activities.
Ramankutty Nair was attracted to Kathakali Dance while he was a school student itself and expressed his desire and ambition in his family.Kathakali 
Guru 'Pattikkamthodi Ravunni Menon' trained him  at his residence and later when he joined Kerala Kalamandalam in 1940, and   the same Ravunni Menon was his main teacher there also.
After  vigorous training at Kalamandalam  he became  a Kathakali teacher of Kerala Kalamandalam from 1948 onwards.Later he became the Principal of Kerala Kalamandalam and retired from that Institution in that position in 1985.




Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair earned accolades for his characters like 'Hanuman,Parasuraman, etc.He had provided his own contributions for the 
improvement of 'Parasurama' character as we see today.
He was also very brilliant to enact characters like 'Keechakan,Ravanan' etc also.
After retirement he served as Chairman of 'Sadanam Kathakali Academy'.He had performed on stages all over India and abroad.He was active on stage up to the age of 85.
On May 15, 2009 he celebrated his 'Sathabhishekam' in a grand function held at Cherpulassery.
He wrote his autobiography in the name 'Thiranottam'.
Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair was recipient of several awards like 'Padma Bhushan' from Government of India.He was recipient of 'Kendra Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award' , 'Kalidasa Samman' from Govt. of Madhya Pradesh,
Award from Kerala Government' etc.

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