Palanad Divakaran was born on
Dec 15, 1953 in Palanat Mana, in Malappuram District. His father is P.M. Neelkandhan Namboodiri, is an artist specialised in drawing, painting and music.
learned kathakali music from the famous teacher Late Kalamandalam Unnikrishna
Kurup after the completion of his BA and BEd. And learned Carnatic music
from Mr Krishnan Nair and Mr G.P. Govinda Pisharody. Kalamandalam Unnikrishna
Kurup taught him kathakali music in 'Gurukula' type. At that time Kalamandalam
Unnikrishna Kurup was the teacher of P.S.V. Natyasangham, Kottakkal.
first performance was held on May, 1980, conducted in their own Temple
(Chelakkad Temple). The music of the story staged was Kuchelavritham'.
participated Kathakali performance in many stages all around India and
in foreign countries namely, London, Dubai and Hongkong.
he is working as high school assistant (Sanskrit) in Govt Higher Secondary
Wife Mrs. Sudha, is an admirer and wellwisher of music Kathakali etc. One
daughter Deepa, studying 1st BSc and practicing carnatic and kathakali music.
She was 1st prize winner in Kathakali music in state youth festival for 2 times. And
she was rewarded CCRT Scholarship for Kathakali music. And one son Sudeep,
studying in 8th, also practising carnatic and kathakali music and also rewarded
CCRT Scholarship. Deepa and Sudeep had their 1st stage performance in Kathakali
at Guruvayoor in the last year, in the story 'Kuchelavritham'. Now they
are performing Kathakalipadakacheri.
Mana, Chelakkad (P.O),
(via), Malappuram (Dt)
of Palanad Divakaran
on the day of their first public performance (with Kottackal Madhu)
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