Mani Madhava Chakiar

I present to you, Sir, Sri Mani Madhava Chakiar. Sri Chakiar belongs to the hereditary community of chakiars of Kerala who for centuries have been the custodians of Chakiar Koothu, the theatre form known as Koodiattam. Born in 1899 Sri Chakiar studied Sanskrit from an early age. At the same time he began training in Koodiattam under his uncles, Neelakanthan Chakiar, Parameswara Chakiar, and Narayana Chakiar. He made his debut at the age of 14. He is the author of a book on Koodiattam which was given an award by the State Sahitya Akademi. Sri Mani Madhava Chakiar is today one of the most eminent teachers in the field and has numerous disciples to his credit. He was the first to take Koodiattam outside the precincts of the temples of Kerala. Sri Mani Madhava Cbakiar has received numerours awards from distinguished institutions. He received the Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1964. For his eminence in the field of traditional theatre and his contribution to its enrichment Sri Mani Madhava Chakiar has been elected Fellow of the Akademi.