Born on 4 May, 1975 at Champakkara,
Kerala, Vijaya Kumar N. (Kalamandalam
Vijayakumar) received his initial
training in Kathakali at Kerala
Kalamandalam under Kalamandalam
Vasu Pisharodi, Kalamandalam Bala
Subrahmanian and Kalamandalam
Gopalkrishnan. He also obtained a postdiploma
in Kathakali. He received the
national scholarship from the Ministry of
Human Resource Development,
Government of India.
Vijaya Kumar specialized in playing female roles, and enacted characters like Damayanti, Lalitha, Devyani and Devaki in major dance festivals within the country. For his notable talent as a young Kathakali artist, he received the Guru Kunchukurup Endowment Award in 1995 and the V.N. Menon Memorial Award in 2005. Presently, Vijaya Kumar is working as a teacher at the Sandarsan Kathakali Vidyalayam at Alappuzha.