Chenganoor Raman Pillai
|Guru Chenganoor Raman Pillai|
Padma Shri Guru Chenganoor Raman Pillai, Celebrated Kathakali artist.
|Head of palace kathakali yogam to the Travancore Maharaja for 65 years.|
16 January 1886
pandanad, Chengannur, Kingdom of Travancore, British India
(now in Kerala, India)
|Died||11 November 1980
pandanad, Chengannur, Kerala, India
|Profession||Kathakali artist, Kathakali teacher|
Guru Chenganoor Raman Pillai ചെങ്ങന്നൂര് രാമന്പിള്ള in Malayalam, also spelt Chengannur Raman Pillai (1886–1980), was a celebrated Kathakali artist from Kerala in south India. He was known for his brilliant portrayal of the anti-heroic Kathi roles on stage, and was the head of palace kathakali yogam to the Travancore Maharaja in a career spanning almost 65 years.
Raman Pillai, born in Chenganoor on 16 January 1886, was a specialist in the Kathakali southern style called Kapplingad, which gives prominence to abhinaya (acting). He wrote Thekkan Chittayilulla Abhyasa Kramangal, considered one of the major training manuals on southern-style Kathakali.
He was a disciple of Thakazhi Kesava Panikker, Mathur Kunhupilla Panikker and Ambalappuzha Kunhikrishna Panikker. Another Kathakali master, Chennthala Kochupillai Panikker, helped him to gain popularity in his art.
Raman Pillai's leading disciples include Madavoor Vasudevan Nair, Haripad Ramakrishna Pillai and Mankompu Sivasankara Pillai, Guru Gopinath, Chennithala Chellappan Pillai. They all studied under him as per the Gurukula system.
The documentary film Chenganoor Raman Pillai profiles his life and contributions. He died on 11 November 1980.
Awards & Honours
Thekkan Chittayilulla Abhyasa Kramangal published in 1973