Kathakali Exponent Chemancheri Nair Passes Away At 105

Kozhikode: Kathakali exponent Guru Chemancheri Kunhiraman Nair died at his residence at Cheliya in Kerala’s Koyilandi area early on Monday, family sources said.

Chemancheri was 105.

He was honoured with the Padma Shree in 2017 in recognition of his glorious contribution to the art form.

Chemancheri Kunhiraman Nair’s tryst with Kathakali, the ancient dance drama of Kerala, began at the age of 14 when he left his home to join a dance troupe run by Guru Karunakaran Menon.

His portrayal of Lord Krishna and Kuchela on stage always left the audience spellbound and his last notable public performance was at the age of 100.

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