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Kottakkal Sasidharan Nair

Kottakkal Sasidharan Nair is anKottakkal Sasidharan Nair internationally renowned classical Indian dancer and Kathakali artist. He was born on May 24, 1951. His father was Late P. Sankunni Nair and mother was Late Janaki Amma. His primary education was upto 5th, resides and works in Ahmedabad. Has trained in Kathakali, Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi, contemporary and Folk dances, he has had a distinguished career as a performer, choreographer and teacher for past 2 decades. Has done the choreography for "Mrichchakatikam", an ancient Sanskrit play.

He learned Kathakali for 8 years in P.S.V. Natyasangham, Kottakkal, under the famous artist Kottakkal Krishnankutty Nair. Is expertised in "Kathi" characters. Subsequently, he received training in Bharatha Natyam and Kuchipudi from the world renowned and Padma Bhushan Award recipient Dr.Mrinalini Sarabhai, founder-Director of Darpana Academy of Performing Arts.After that he learned Koodiyattam under Kalamandalam Narayana Chakiyar. Has been a teacher, resident artist and member of faculty of Darpana Academy since 1973.

Has performed various dance productions throughout India as well as in Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, the UK, the erstwhile USSR and the USA. He has been a member of the frequently on Dooradarsan and German Television.

Has received awards from Smt. Indira Gandhi, the Maharajah of Bhutan, etc.He has his own dancing school, Srushti Foundation, in Ahmedabad.

Family: Wife and one son.

Contact Details: Kottakkal Sasidharan Nair,
Darpana Academy of Performing Art,
Ahmedabad-13, INDIA
Telephone: (91) 079 6460793
E-mail: purushartha@hotmail.com

Kottakkal Sasidharan Nair as Rowdra Bheeman in Duryodhanavadham
Kottakkal Sasidharan Nair as Rowdra Bheeman in Duryodhanavadham

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