Prabhakaran Kalamandalam Ottan Thullal Artist Profile
Prabhakaran Kalamandalam
Ottamthullal
Prabhakaran Kalamandalam  Ottan Thullal Artist Profile

Kalamandalam Prabhakaran hails from the family of late Malabar Raman Nair, who made priceless contributions towards the aesthetic enhancement of ‘Thullal’ as a performing art. Born in1945 to Makkamma and Kunjambu Nair,Prabhakaran was inspired by his paternal uncle Malabar Raman Nair and left his Conventional academic studies. In 1964, he completed the diploma course in Thullal ,at the Kerala Kalamandalam, under the Kalamandalam Divakaran Nair and Vadakkan Kannan Nair. Later he mastered all the basic lessons in Baratanatyam under the tutelage of Natanam Sivapal and in Parayan Thullall, under Vechur Thakamani Pillai.

Kalamandalam Prabhakaran has a remarkable record of over ten thousand performances not only in Kerala but also throughout India and abroad. The programmes were conducted in Germany and Switzerland. He is one of the few Thullal teachers, who successfully manage the three styles of Thullal viz. Seethangan, Parayan & Ottan. Prabhakaran, who is popular for his sense of humor and artistic wisdom, chose the perfect art form formulated by Kalakkath Kunjan Nambiar, a poet, performer and satirist who is still second to none.

Prabhakaran was an expert automobile mechanic who rendered his services to Kerala State Road Transport Company, until his retirement as a supervisor in 2000. His long lineage of students who include his son Praveen and daughter Praveena and Hary from Germany (professional Thullal artist) have fared well on several amateur as well as professional stages and competitions. Kalamandalam Prabhakaran has choreographed dance sequence for several theatre groups and played lead roles in dance dramas. His recent work, ‘Thullal Thrayam’, a fusion of the three styles as a new format for presentation of stories has won acclaim among the scholars, elites as well as the audio visual media.

Being innovative and highly accessible, Prabhakaran is a much sought after performer, teacher and resources person in all workshops and seminar on Thullal and Folk Theatre of Kerala.

Contact Details and Biodata
Kalamandalam Prabhakaran
"Sougandhikam"
Elamakkara(P.O.)
Kochi-682 026
9447664516
0484 2408818
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