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The Director

Learn about the director of Kathakali School, Sri. Kalamandalam Gopalakrishnan.

kalamandalam gopalakrishnan, director of kathakali school

Kalamandalam Gopalakrishnan

Sri. Kalamandalam Gopalakrishnan was born in 1967, showed remarkable interest in Kathakali from his childhood. He is the grandson of great Malayalam poet P. Kunchiraman Nair. After his school education in northern part of Kerala he has moved to Kerala Kalamandalam for studying Kathakali. During his study, he was selected for Scholarship by Dept. of Culture. Govt. of India.

Kalamandalam Gopalakrishnan with students at Kathakali School.

kalamandalam gopalakrishnan with female students at kathakali school
kalamandalam gopalakrishnan with male students at kathakali school

He has more than 800 stage performances in and out of India in his credit. He has choreographed for several Malayalam films. He has served as an eminent Kathakali teacher for several Indian and foreign students. His students spread all over the world. He has performed Kathakali in Italy, Germany, Russia, Poland etc.

kalamandalam gopalakrishnan with his mentor sri kalamandalam gopi ashan

Padmasree Kalamandalam Gopi

kalamandalam gopalakrishnan with tamil actor rajni kanth

Rajani Kanth (South Indian Actor)

kalamandalam gopalakrishnan with director Sathyan anthikkad and actor mohanlal

Sathyan Andhikkad(Director) and Padmasree Mohanlal

kalamandalam gopalakrishnan with actor mammooty

Padmasree Mammutty

kalamandalam gopalakrishnan receiving award

Kalamandalam Gopalakrishnan receives award from
Sri. Anilkumar, Minister for Tourism-2013

Kalamandalam Gopalakrishnan with Narendra Modi

Kalamandalam Gopalakrishnan with Sri Narendra Modi, 2006

Kalamandalam Gopalakrishnan is considered as one of the outstanding Kathakali artists of Kerala. He got ample opportunities to prove his mettle in three different fields that is Acting (Abhinaya), Choreography and stage direction. He has got proven ability to do all important Kathakali characters. He has an ability to enthrall the audience and can develop an instant rapport with them. All his characters are highly acclaimed by the media, audience and critics.