Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma

Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma

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Kalamandalam Kallyanikutty Amma (1915–1999) was an epoch-making Mohiniyattam danseuse from Kerala in southern India. A native of Thirunavaya in Malappuram district of the state, she was instrumental in resurrecting Mohiniyattam from a dismal, near-extinct state into a mainstream Indian classical dance, rendering it formal structure and ornamentation.Kallyanikutty Amma, one of the early-batch students of Kerala Kalamandalam, was married to the late Kathakali maestro Padma Shri Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair.Of the two books Kallyanikutty Amma has authored, "Mohiniyattam - History and Dance Structure" is considered as an elaborate and only authentic documentation on Mohiniyattam. Noted among her disciples are her daughters Sreedevi Rajan, Kala Vijayan, Mrinalini Sarabhai, Deepti Omchery Bhalla and Smitha Rajan.A winner of both the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy and Kendra Sangeet Natak Akademi awards, Kallyanikutty Amma has also been honored with the prestigious Kalidasa Samman in 1997-1998. She died on 12 May 1999 in Tripunithura (where the couple had settled) at the age of 84. Her son Kalasala Babu was a cinema and television actor, while her granddaughter Smitha Rajan is a noted Mohiniyattam artiste.She got 'Kavayithri' award from the famous poet Vallathol Narayana Menon. In 1986 she got Kerala Kalamandala Fellowship.In 2019 her grand daughter, Smitha Rajan produced a movie, "Mother of Mohiniyattam" on the life and works of Kalyanikutty Amma which is directed by Dr. Vinod Mankara. Kallyanikutty Amma passed the art of Mohiniattam beyond India. The first Russian dancer, Mohiniattam, was Milana Severskaya. In 1997, Kalamandalam Kallyanikutty Amma blessed her on the continuation of the Mohiniattam tradition. Milana Severskaya created in St. Petersburg, Russia the first outside India school of education Mohiniattam. She founded the Natya Theater, where you can see the choreography Kalamandalam Kallyanikutty Amma in the play, dedicated to her memory. Milana Siverskaya has released a film dedicated to the memory of the guru Kallyanikutty Amma in which one can see how the guru taught dance in deep old age.

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