Nattuvan Paramasiva Menon



Born on 20 January 1925 in Mulamthuruthy village in Ernakulam district of Kerala, Shri Nattuvan Paramasiva Menon was trained in Kathakali under the guidance of his father Sankara Menon. Later, he received training under Sankara Pillai Kottuvally. He learnt classical music from his mother Lekshmi Amma and Desikachari. He studied Bharatanatyam from Kanwa Swamy Pillai and Mohiniattam under Krishna Pillai Asan.
In the early phase of his career, Shri Paramasiva Menon acquired renown as a Bharatanatyam teacher as well as a Kathakali actor of the Thekkanchitta sampradaya. Later, he established his own institution Nritha Sanchika Dance Academy, where he has groomed many talented dancers. Some of his well-known students are Bharati Shivaji, Deepti Omchery, Santhikrishna, Parvathy, Nedumudi Venu, Bharat Gopi, and Mohanlal.
Shri Paramasiva Menon has travelled widely within the country and abroad to conduct dance performances, participate in dance seminars and workshops, and to give lecture-demonstrations. He has taught dance at the Edinburgh Dance India Centre and served as the Director of the Souparnika Dance and Music Academy, Thiruvananthapuram.
Shri Menon is the recipient of a Gold Medal awarded by the President of India (1968), of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award (1992), and the South Zone Award of the Government of Pondicherry (1990).
Shri Nattuvan Paramasiva Menon receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Award for his contribution to Kathakali.