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Kathakali artist Chavara Parukkutty passes away
 
Kollam: Renowned Kathakali artist Chavara Parukkutty passed away on Thursday night. She was 75.

Parukkutty was the first woman who stepped into the field of Kathakali. She practiced and performed Kathakali during a period when women were reluctant to learn and perform art. She was active in the field for more than 50 years. Along with female characters, she also played male characters in her career. Parukkutty was a trained classical dancer too.

Parukkutty was born to N. Sankaran Achari and Naniyamma in Karunagappally. She started learning Kathakali under Gopala Panicker and later joined Poruvazhi Krishna Vilasam Kathakali yogam.

She was honoured with many awards including Kerala Kalamandalam award. A documentary was also made based on Chavara Parukkutty's 50 years of long career in Kathakali.

Parukkutty was survived by her daughter Kalamandalam Dhanya.


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