Purisal Kannappa Thambiran

Born in 1915 in the village of Purisai, Tamil Nadu, Shri Purisai Duraisamy Kannappa Thambi- ran is a fourth generation Therukoothu performer of Purisai, a notable centre of Therukoothu. His training in the art began at ten with his father, the illustrious Koothu performer Purisai Duraisamy Thambiran, and his paternal uncle Raghava Thambiran. A performer of 50 years’ standing, Shri Kannappa Tham- biran is now the only major representative of the northern sytle of Therukoothu. He is a master of all aspects of the art and composes, improvizes, and draws upon traditional sources with facility. Proficient in the Tamil classical texts, he is also imaginative with modem literature, as evidenced by his recent production Panchali Sabatham, employing Subrah- mania Bharati’s text in a homage to the poet. Among other honours, Shri Kannappa Thambiran received the title of Kalaimamani from the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram in 1972. Recipient of a fellowship from the Union Ministry of Education and Culture he is now engaged in training a group of young students in Koothu. Shri Purisai D Kannappa Thambiran receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Therukoothu.