Sri Kalamandalam Padmanabhan Nair (1928-2007), known as the apostle of the pristine tradition of Kathakali, was one of the great masters of the art and former Principal of the Kerala Kalamandalam.
Since 2008 his birth anniversary is celebrated and death anniversary is commemorated respectively during the months October and April. by his disciples and grand disciples under the aegis of the organization dedicated to his memory The organization has been registered as Trust during November 2009.
The trust uphold his outstanding and unique contributions to the art of Kathakali as a trainer par excellence, performer and author of authentic books on its grammar and techniques; to preserve and promote the pristine tradition of Kathakali to which the master dedicated his life; to groom young, up and coming up artists; to disseminate the aesthetics of the form among the general public through a variety of programmes, etc., among others.
The functions include tribute, memorial speeches, honouring deserving artists, programmes to encourage young talents and performance by the masters of his school who are his disciples / grand disciples, with funds borrowed and taken from the pocket of the Trustees.
The remembrance programme during 2015 was held on 19th April, 2015 at Kerala Sahithya Academy Hall at Thrissur. The full day programme was remarkable by a multitude of sessions in the forenoon and afternoon concerned with different aspects of Kathakali with special reference to its aesthetics and the contribution of Guru Kalamandalam Padmanabhan Nair to preserve and promote the art as a classical and unique dance drama of Kerala. Programme, among others included the following.
More than 500 people had assembled to participate in the programme from different walks of life which included among others, connoisseurs and scholars as well as disciples and grand disciples of the Guru who still cherish the memories about him with great respect and admiration. The major attraction of the session was the release of the biography of the legend “ Kalluvazhi Chittayude Kavalal” . The meeting was inaugurated by Sri.R.Gopalakrishnan, Secretary, Kerala Sahithya Academy and a noted writer in Malayalam. He commented that Padmanabhan Nair will be remembered in the history of Kathakali as a legend who lit the way to preserve the art for the coming generation with its purity and dignity. Dr. K.G. Paulose, former Vice Chancellor, Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University for Art and Culture, delivered the key-note address in the presence of renowned artistes and celebrities like Padmasree Kalamandalam Gopi. All the speakers were very keen to highlight the unique contribution made by the Guru for the promotion and propagation of Kathakali keeping its purity and destination unalloyed and to pass it to coming generations. The Kathakali which was staged last marking the end of the whole programmes was specially notable by the presence of eminent artists. The depiction of some marvelous pieces from the play of “Bakavadham” highly textual and stylized in nature and authored by renowned poet Kottayath Thampuran, was nothing less than a visual extravagance for the audience.
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