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Born on 25th November 1954 in the Kollam district of Kerala, Mr. Kalamandalam Rajasekharan was first introduced to the dance-drama of Kathakali at the tender age of 12. During this time, he received exceptional tutelage under the eminent maestros, Karthikapilly Kuttapanicker and Oyoor Kochugovinda Pillai. In 1969, he joined Kerala Kalamandalam as a student and learnt Kathakali under Madavoor Vasudevan Nair, one of the leading connoisseurs of this age-old dance form. After having completed his Diploma and Post Diploma in Kathakali from Kerala Kalamandalam, he became a full-fledged Kathakali artiste.

Mr. Kalamandalam Rajasekharan has been a Kathakali artiste for the last 35 years. He has done his specialization in female roles in Kathakali. An accomplished Kathakali artiste; he has been teaching the dance form at the Kerala Kalamandalam for the past 25 years. Presently, he is the Professor and Head of the Faculty of Kathakali (Southern School). Mr. Kalamandalam Rajasekharan has toured outside India twenty-eight times for Kathakali performances and lecture demonstrations. He has extensively toured Europe, England, Canada, The United States, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Iran etc and Asian countries such as Taiwan, Thailand etc; as member of the Kalamandalam Kathakali troupe as well as independently. He has also conducted Kathakali workshops in the theatre departments of several foreign universities.



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