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Mohiniyattam dancer Kalamandalam Sathyabhama passes away

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Kalamandalam Satybhama, 77 years old, renowned classical dancer, teacher and choreographer died at a private hospital in Ottappalam.

Mohiniyattam dancer Kalamandalam Sathyabhama passes away

Satyabhama was born in 1937 at Shornur in Palakkad, Kerala.

Kalamandalam Satybhama was the first woman Vice Principal of Kerala Kalamandalam.

Later, she became its Principal till retired in 1992. She also participated in the selection committee to decide annual Kalamandalam fellowships. She was also served as the Dean of Kerala Kalamandalam.

She was the first to receive the Nrithya Natya Puraskaram award from the Kerala government in 2005

Satyabhama has published a book of 35 Mohiniyattom compositions namely, Mohiniyattam – history, techniques and performance in Malayalam.

Kerala Kalamandalam has instituted an award in honor of Satyabhama namely, Prof.kalamandalam Sathyabhama Award. The award is given to the excellent students of mohiniyattam annually in the form of scholarship.


She was honored with many awards such as

  • Swati Tirunal Puraskaram
  • Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award – 1976
  • Kerala Kalamandalam Award – 1988
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award – 1994
  • Nruthya Natya Puraskaram of the Government of Kerala– 2005
  • Shadkala Govinda Marar Award – 2013
  • Padma Shri – 2014

About Kerala Kalamandalam:

  • Kerala Kalamandalam founded in 1930 by renowned poet padmabhoosan Vallathol Narayana Menon.
  • Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University of Art and Culture – Thrissur
  • Vice Chancellor of Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University of Art and Culture – P.N Suresh