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Nominations sought for Kalasagar Award
CHENNAI: Kalasagar is gearing up to celebrate the 93rd birth anniversary of its founder, Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval (1924-1992), on May 28.

As part of the celebrations of the 93rd birth anniversary of chenda maestro Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval, Kalasagar will be honoring artistes in the field of Kathakali - Vesham, Music, Chenda, Maddalam and Chuttty as well as Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattom, Kuchipudi, Ottenthullal, Chakyarkoothu, Koodiyattam, Thayambaka and Panchavadyam - Thimila, Maddalam, Edakka, Thalam & Kombu.

The awardees will be selected through nominations received from art lovers. However, there are some basic requirements for nomination of artistes. An artiste should be between the age of 40.

He/she should be a well known performer/guru. Most importantly, he/she must be a permanent resident of Kerala.

Nominations with complete details of the artists can be sent to: The Secretary, Kalasagar, Kavalappara, Shoranur, Palakkad, Kerala.

The nomination most be reach Kalasagar on or before April 28.

Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval was a self-taught maestro of Kathakali percussion. He excelled in the art of chenda playing. In fact, he reinvented the way of playing the chenda, which made the instrument popular among art lovers across the globe.