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Kalamandalam Ramankutty

  • India / 2005 / 73min / Colour
  • Original Title : Kalamandalam Ramankutty
  • Director : Adoor Gopalakrishnan


Kalamandalam Ramankutty Niar at 80 stands tall and is the most venerated Kathakali actor of today. The stories of his career and accomplishments have become part of the history of Kathakali itself. He was fortunate to have been trained by the legendary Guru, Pattikkanthodi Ravunni Menon.     The film unfolds in first person narrative as the maestro reminisces. It recounts the difficult yet fruitful journey of a determined boy from poor circumstances to his eventual artistic empowerment and individuation of a redoubtable personality. The film is as much about the stylized and accomplished art form of Kathakali as it is about its celebrated practitioner.

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