Monday, December 24, 2007

Kalamandalam Ramdas

Profile
Joined in Kerala Kalamandalam on 20thJune 1972 as a student for Kathakali Vesham.

His arangettam (first performance) as a kathakali natan was on the Vijayadasami day of 1973 as Krishna at Kerala Kalamandalam.

He Learned Kathakali from Vazhenkata Vijayan Asan, Kalamandalam Gopi Asan, Kalamandalam Padmanabhan Nair Asan, Kalamandalam Vasu Pisharadi Asan and Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair Asan and specialized in Chukappu Thati vesham from Vellinezhi Nanu Nair Asan. He completed his post graduation in Kathakali Vesham from Kerala Kalamandalam in 1980 with the scholarship of Government of India, and worked as temporary instructor at Kalamandalam since then got permanent appointment as Instructor on 2nd January 1984. Now he is continuing in Kerala Kalamandalam as a Professor (Kathakali Vesham).

Vesham


Guru Kalamandala Ramankutty nair Asan found the special capabilities of toperform chukapputhati veshams Ramdas and suggested him to concentrate on such veshas. Thereafter he specialized in it under the guidance of Vellinezhi Nanu Nair Asan and immortalised major chukappu thati charrectors including Dussasana of Duryodhana Vadham, both Bali and Sugriva in Bali Vadham, kalakeya in Kalakeya vadham, Kali in second day of Nalacharitham, jarasandhan in Rajasooyam, Thrikarthan in Uthara Swayamvaram, Veerabhadran in Dakshayagam in various stages all over the world. His Kathi veshams including Ravana in Oushadha Havanam, Duryodhana in Duryodhana Vadham, kattala (Karuppu thati) charrectors in Kiratham, Nalacharitham ,kariveshams including Nakrathundi in Narakasura Vadham, Simhika in Kirmeera Vadham poothana in poothana Moksham and Hanuman (Velutha Thadi) Vesham in Kalyana Sougandhikam, Lavanasura Vadhamand and Thorana yudham is still living in the minds of the admirers of Kathakali. His Roudra Bheema in Duryodhana Vadham, Pacha veshams including Bheeman in Bakavadham, Dakshan in Daksha Yagam and Rugmangathan in Rugmangatha Charitham also is renowned.

Merrits.
Sri. Kalamandalam Ramdas is an A grade Kathakali artist accredited by Dooradarsan. more than twenty five Kathakali programs performed by him is telecasted by Doordarshan in its National and Regional Channels several times. He performed Kathakali Veshams many important venues around the world. His first International program was in 1979. He performed with the troop of International Kathakali Center New Delhi at Europe and Russia on this three months tour program. He performed at France in 1987 and 1990 spain in 1987, Australia, Neuziland and Indonesia in 1991 Japan in 1994 London, USA, North America and South America in 1996 with the troop of kerala Kalamandalam and in many stages at the Great Briton during his three months tour with the troop of Barbera Harrow in 1988. He had performed kathakali vesham in many international festivals including 1982 Delhi Asiad, Expo75 held at New Delhi and Mofelli Fes