At first Namboodiri acted female roles like Damayanti, Rambha, and Urvashi, then became famous as male characters like Arjuna, and Bhima. Some of his famous roles can be mentioned as in Kalyana saugandhika or 'Auspicious Fragrant Flower', Nala, Rukmangada, Kacha, Kichaka, Jarasandha, Duryodhana, Ravana, Hanuman, and the Kattala or 'forest-dweller'. He excelled in angika or physical and sattvika or psychological abhinaya oilokadharmi aspects. He used to study the text thoroughly before deciding the mudras that befitted the verses. He stated that whenever he enacted Krishna, he felt the experience of communion with God, and his identity vanished and merged with Krishna's supreme self. He enacted Krishna over 2000 times, from the stories of Kamsavadham or 'Slaying of Kamsa' to Gitopadesam or 'The Gita Advice'. The night he died, he enacted Krishna in four different episodes. Mankulam Vishnu Namboodiri die din the year of 1981.
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