Mampuzha Madhava Panicker was a Kathakali actor of the Kalluvazhi (midland) school. He was born in Kottappadi, near Guruvayur in Malappuram district in 1900. Mampuzha Madhava Panicker was one of the first pupils of Pattikkantodi Ramunni Menon. He became an expert in handling paccha heroes like Arjuna, Bhima, and Daksha, and katti villains like Ravana, Duryodhana, and Herod. His original contribution lay in presenting Biblical stories, compressing full-length productions, and even introducing Hindi songs. He was chief artiste in several palace troupes, at Punnathur, Katathanad, and Nilampur, and art centres in and outside Kerala. He taught at Kerala Kalamandalam and the International Centre for Kathakali, New Delhi, where he also served as principal. Mampuzha Madhava Panicker died in 1973.
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