Mankompu Sivasankara Pillai

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Mankompu Sivasankara Pillai, of Kerala in south India, was a reputed Kathakali artiste of the classical dance-drama's southern style.[1] Noted for his consummate depiction of pachcha, kathi[2] and minukku roles, he is a disciple of late maestro Chenganoor Raman Pillai.

Born in Mankompu of Kuttanad belt in Alappuzha district, Pillai has also learnt Kathakali from masters like Kalarkode Kuttappa Panikkar, Thakazhi Ayyappan Pillai and Thottam Sankaran Namboodiri. In 1966, he was inducted as a teacher in Kerala Kalamandalam, where he served for long. In 1985, he was accorded the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi award.[3]

In 2006, Mankompu, with his brother C.K. Sivarama Pillai, brought out a book, Kathakali Swaroopam, that deals with the evolution, grammar and aesthetics of the art form in the Travancore region. He died on 20 March 2014 due to a massive cerebral hemorrhage.[4]