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Who was Guru Chemancheri Kunhiraman Nair?

Guru Chemancheri Kunhiraman Nair:

Guru Chemancheri Kunhiraman Nair, a recipient of Padma Shri, died at the age of 104.

  • Chemancheri Kunhiraman Nair, also known as Guru Chemancheri (1916 – 2021) was a noted Indian Kathakali actor.
  • Kathakali is a major form of classical Indian dance from Kerala.
  • He also played a significant role in making Bharatanatyam popular in north Kerala.
  • He established an institution named Bharateeya Natya Kalalayam at Kannur in 1945. Later, he established another school, Cheliya Kathakali Vidyalayam, in 1983, in Cheliya.
  • Awards:
    • 1999 Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Akademi Fellowship of the Academy
    • 2017 Padma Shri awarded by the Government of India
    • Sangeet Natak Academi Tagore Award for contributions to Kathakali
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