Kesavan Namboodiri was born on Jan 1, 1955
in Kolpuram Illam, Kuruvattoor, Kozhikode Taluk. His father is Kolpuram Kesavan Namboothiri and mother is Umadevi Antharjanam.
learned Kathakali from 1972 to 1983 in Kerala Kalamandalam, was awarded
Central Govt Scholarship and continued his higher studies in Kerala Kalamandalam
from 1983 to 1985.
practised Kathakali under many famous teachers namely Kalamandalam Ramankutty
Nair, Kalamandalam Padmanabhan Nair, Kalamandalam Gopi, Vazhenkata Vijayan,
Kalamandalam Vasu Pisharodi and Kalamandalam M.P.S. Namboodiri. Also practised
the "Thekkan Kathakali" (South Kerala style) from Mankombu Sivasankara
Pillai and Kalamandalam Rajasekharan.
performed Kathakali in many stages all around India and in foreign countries.
His expertise is in "Minukku" characters, but now doing "Pacha", "Kathi",
"Thadi" characters also.
directed the Kathakali "Sreekrishnaavatharam" which is written by Nalloorpalli
Vamanan Namboodiri and performed in many stages. Now he is working on "Kirathasoonucharitham"
Kathakali which is written by Kottarathil Sankunni.
Wife Mrs. Kalamandalam Devasena and two daughters Gana and Gagana. Now
settled in "Souparnika", Karumanassery Gramam in Kizhakkanchery Panchayath,