Sri Kalamandalam Padmanabhan Nair , one of the legend in the field of Kathakali, is no more. I had read about his demise in the news paper today.
Many of those sleepy nights sitting in the front rows with his 'Brahmanan' in Santhanagopalam, 'Hamsam' in Nalacharitham 1, 'Durvasav' in Rugmangadacharitham etc etc are still visible in front of my eyes.
For many he was a great teacher, the best as they say, in the Kalluvazhi Chitta ( Style) of Kathakali. How many talented artists are moulded under his strict and able guidance. One name "Kalamandalam Gopi" is enough to keep his name as the best Guru ever in the field of Kathakali as long as the world lasts. I still can remember the star studded Kalamandalam Major Set ruling the field of Kathakali with the likes of Ramankutty Nair, Padmanabhan Nair etc.
He was multi - talented or multi-faceted. An artist, a kathakali Guru and prolific writer , administrator of Kalamandalam as Principal , he was always at top.
It is a sad and irreplaceable loss to the Kathakali World in particular and to the art world in general. May his soul rest in place.