Veteran Ottanthullal artiste Geethanandan passes away during performance
Acclaimed Ottanthullal artiste Kalamandalam Geethanandan passed away while delivering a performance at Avittathur, Kerala. The 58-year-old theatre artiste and film actor collapsed on stage in the middle of the act.
He was given first aid and rushed to the hospital. However, he could not be saved.Geethanandan had given more than 5,000 stage shows since the age of nine. He became the teacher of Ottanthullal at Kerala Kalalamandalam in 1983 and remained the head of the department for over 25 years. His contribution to Kerala’s classical theatre art form is immense.
Geethanandan had also worked in the Malayalam film industry. He made his big screen acting debut with Kamaladalam, which had Mohanlal in the lead role, in 1992. He also acted in films like Thooval Kottaram, Manasinakkare, Narendran Magan Jayakanthan Vaga, among others.
He was also the first Ottanthullal artiste to perform in France in 1984, according to media reports.
Ottanthulal is a classical dance form from Kerala, performed by very few artists now. Thullal, a solo performance, based on poetry combines dance and recitations, is one of the oldest art forms of Kerala. It finds its origins in the Natya Shastra, belonging to the 2nd century B.C. Verses of the renowned 18th-century poet Kunchan Nambiar are often used for Ottanthulal performances.
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