KALAMANDALAM SHIJU KUMAR
Born on April 10 in Thachonam a village from Kollam dist. He learned Kathakali 1991 to 1997, in Kerala kalamadalam from Gurus Kalamandalam Rajasekharan, Kalamandalam Prasannakumar and Kalamandalam Gopakumar. In 1997 wrote a new kathakali story EKALAVYACHARITHAM performed in Kalamandalam, and performing so many stages in Kerala. Received award VELLODY MEDAL, and BEST POET from Kalamandalam 2004 to writing Janani an American monthly Arts and special issues. In 2004 Wrote script KOODIYATTAM documentary film for Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan Trivandrum. In 2005 wrote story about Shakespeare’s OTHELLO in kathakali version SUVARNA BAHUKAM. In 2007 wrote and directed a Chinese love story BUTTERFLY LOVER’S In kathakali version SUNANDA GUNAPALAM. Performing characters Pacha,Kari and Thadi all over in India. Visited foreign countries Taiwan, Germany, Austria, France,China,Italy many times for Kathakali performance with own group. Ekalavyacharitham, Butterfly lovers and Othello are specialty performances of his own group.
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