Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma

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Kalamandalam Kalyanikutti Amma (1915–1999) was an epoch-making Mohiniyattam danseuse from Kerala in southern India.[1] A native of Thirunavaya in Malappuram district of the state, she was instrumental in resurrecting Mohiniyattam from a dismal, near-extinct state into a mainstream Indian classical dance, rendering it formal structure and ornamentation.[2]

Kalyanikutti Amma, one of the early-batch students of Kerala Kalamandalam, was married to the late Kathakali maestro Padma Shri Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair.[3]

Of the two books Kalyanikutti Amma has authored, "Mohiniyattam - History and Dance Structure" is considered as an elaborate and only authentic documentation on Mohiniyattam.[citation needed][4] Noted among her disciples are her daughters Sreedevi Rajan and Kala Vijayan and Mrinalini Sarabhai and Deepti Omchery Bhalla.[citation needed]

A winner of both the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy and Kendra Sangeet Natak Akademi awards, Kalyanikutty Amma died on 12 May 1999 in Tripunithura (where the couple had settled) at the age of 84. Her son Kalasala Babu was a cinema and television actor, while her granddaughter Smitha Rajan is a noted Mohiniyattam artiste.[citation needed]

She got 'Kavayithri' award from the famous poet Vallathol Narayana Menon.[5] In 1986 she got Kerala Kalamandala Fellowship.[citation needed]

Kalyanikutti Amma passed the art of Mohiniattam beyond India. The first Russian dancer, Mohiniattam, was Milana Severskaya.[6] In 1997, Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma blessed her on the continuation of the Mohiniattam tradition. Milana Severskaya created in St. Petersburg, Russia the first outside India school of education Mohiniattam. She founded the Natya Theater, where you can see the choreography Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma in the play, dedicated to her memory. Milana Siverskaya has released a film dedicated to the memory of the guru Kalyanikutty Amma in which one can see how the guru taught dance in deep old age.[7]


  1. ^ Sinha, Biswajit (2007). South Indian theatre. Raj Publications. ISBN 9788186208540.
  2. ^ Sahapedia (2017-02-15), Remembering Kalamandalam Kalyanikutti Amma, retrieved 2018-06-18
  3. ^ Reporter, Staff; Reporter, Staff (2014-04-10). "Unsung legends who resurrected two dying arts of Kerala". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  4. ^ "Traditions in Mohiniyattam". Sahapedia. 2017-02-07. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  5. ^ "Mohini Attam – The Traditional Dance of Kerala!". Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  6. ^ "YOUTHEXPRESS 18/10/1996". www.milana-art.ru. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  7. ^ Milana Mandira Severskaya (2014-05-07), Mandira. Mohini Attam In Russia - true story., retrieved 2018-06-17

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