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Guru Mani Madhava Chakyar

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Guru Mani Madhava Chakyar

Born: 15 February 1899

Died:  14 January 1990

  • He was a celebrated master performance artist and Sanskrit scholar  from Kerala, India.
  • He was  considered to be the greatest Chakyar Koothu and Koodiyattam (ancient Sanskrit drama theatre tradition) artist and authority of modern times.
  • He was considered as the authority of Abhinaya (the classical Indian acting style) and Nātyaśāstra.
  • He Known as “the Emperor of Rasa-Abhinaya”.
  • He had an exceptional ability to perform Rasa-Abhinaya.
  • His Netrābhinaya was world-famous and he had the ability to act only with eyes.
  • He was well versed in all the traditional Koodiyattams and all the prabandhasused in Chakyar Koothu.
  • He was able to explain the concepts, methods and practices of Koodiyattam and Chakyar Koothu in a clear and authentic way.
  • He had an in depth study of Nātyaśāstra of Bharata Muni, as well as ways of acting which were popular in Kerala.

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