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Nelliyodu Vasudevan Namboothiri, Kathakali Maestro, Passes Away At 81

Thiruvananthapuram: Well-known Kathakali exponent Nelliyodu Vasudevan Namboothiri died at his residence here last night, family sources here said. He was 81 and was battling cancer for some time, they said. Known for the portrayal of the negative chuvanna thadi (red beard) characters in the classical dance drama, he also excelled in enacting the roles of… Continue reading Nelliyodu Vasudevan Namboothiri, Kathakali Maestro, Passes Away At 81

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Kathakali maestro Nelliyodu Namboothiri passes away-(Photo: @KeralaGovernor/Twitter)

Thiruvananthapuram: Well-known Kathakali exponent Nelliyodu Vasudevan Namboothiri died at his residence here last night, family sources here said. He was 81 and was battling cancer for some time, they said.

Known for the portrayal of the negative chuvanna thadi (red beard) characters in the classical dance drama, he also excelled in enacting the roles of vattamudi and penkari.

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Besides the characters of negative shades like Kali, Dushasanan and Bakan, he was famous for pious roles like Kuchelan too.

A scholar in Sanskrit and Hindu Puranas, Namboothiri was a recipient of several honours including Kendra Sangeet Natak Akademi award, Kerala Santeetha Nataka Akademi award, Kerala State Kathakali Prize and so on.

He is survived by wife Sreedevi Antharjanam, a son and daughter.

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan were among those who condoled Nelliyode Vasudevan Namboothiri’s death. “Sad to hear about the passing of Kathakali maestro shri Nelliyode Vasudevan Namboothiri,a noted exponent of the pure Kathakali tradition. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul attain Mukti,” Khan tweeted.

A unique Kathakali exponent, Namboothiri’s contributions to the classical dance drama were ‘invaluable’, Vijayan said in his message.