KAlAMANDALAM K.M. JOHN

Born in Kerala in 1955, K.M. John got rigorous training in Kathakali for nine years, eight hours a day at Kerala Kalamandalam under Guru (professor) C. Padmanabhan Nair and Vijayakumar. He studied sanskrit and Kathakali literature under Prof. Unnikrishnan Elayadu.
In 1977 he was awarded the A.D. Bolland Gold medal for the best Kathakali student. In 1978 he was awarded the government of India scholarship. Since completing his course, he worked as a teacher for both foreign and Indian students in Kerala Kalamandalam. As a member of the Kalamandalam troupe he toured all over India and abroad.

Details of performances abroad (International Festivals)

         No.        Country visited                     Year                     Sponsered By         

1

USA

1981

Asia Society Of New York

2

Mexico

1981

Festival Cervantino, Mexico

3

Canada

1981

Asia Society of New York

4

Italy

1981

Instituto Di Culture Scenica Orientale, IXO, Italy

5

Italy

1982

Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo (TTB), Italy

6

Italy

1984

Instituto Di Culture Scenica Orientale, IXO,
Italy and Gruppo Libero Di Bologna, Italy

7

Italy

1986

TTB, Bergamo, Italy

8

Italy

1986

Cada Die Teatro Cagiliari Sardegna, Italy

9

France

1987

Teatro paisane Ajaccio Corsica, France

10

Corsica

1987

Teatro paisane Ajaccio Corsica, France

11

Italy

1988

TTB, Bergamo, Italy

12

Italy

1988

IXO, Bergamo, Italy

13

France

1988

Inter culture, Amsterdam, Netherlands

14

Netherlands

1989

Inter culture, Amsterdam, Netherlands

15

Switzerland

1989

Inter culture, Amsterdam, Netherlands

16

Italy

1989

IXO, Bergamo, Italy

17

Italy

1990

TTB, Bergamo, Italy

18

Denmark

1991

Odin Teatret, Denmark

19

Italy

1991

TTB, Bergamo, Italy

20

Italy

1992

TTB, Bergamo, Italy

21

Italy

1992

TTB, Bergamo, Italy

22

Netherlands

1992

Inter culture, Amsterdam

23

Germany

1992

Inter culture, Amsterdam

24

France

1992

Inter culture, Amsterdam

25

 Srilanka

1992

Inter culture, Amsterdam

26

Italy

1993

Teatro Dell’Alph, Italy

27

Australia

1993

University of Sydney, Australia

28

Italy

1994

TTB, Bergamo, Italy

29

Italy

1994

Teatro Dell’Alph, Italy

30

Italy

1996

TTB, Bergamo, Italy

31

Switzerland

1997

Lafilature, Geneva, Switzerland

32

Italy

1997

Teatro Dell’Alph, Italy

33

Germany

1997

Mr.Skilmer, Germany

34

Spain

1997

Teatro Pradillo, Madrid, Spain

35

Italy

1997

TTB, Bergamo, Italy

36.

U K

1998

Experience of Kerala, Middlesex, London, UK

37

Australia

1998

Kerala samajam, Vienna, Australia

38

Italy

1998

TTB, Bergamo, Italy

39

U K

1998

Experience of Kerala, Middlesex, London, UK

40

Switzerland

1998

Lafilature, Geneva, Switzerland

41

Colombia

1999

teatro Taller De Colambia, South America

42

Italy

2000

TTB, Bergamo, Italy

43

Spain

2001

Leovassi & TNT, Sevilla, Spain

44

Italy

2001

TTB, Bergamo, Italy

45

Spain

2002

Teatro Triangulo, Madrid, Spain

46

Spain

2003

teatro Asura,Madrid, Spain

47

Austria

2003

Karala Samajam. Vienna, Austria

48

Italy

2003

TTB, Bergamo, Italy

Awards honored to Kalamandalam K.M. John

 

Year

Awards

Institution

 

1977

A.D. Bolland Gold Medal

Kerala kalamandalam

 

1978

Scholarship for 3 Year

Government of India

 

1992

Diploma

Odin Teatret, Denmark

 

1994

Gold Medal

Tamil Nadu Kalai Maghal Sabha

 

1998

Gold Medal

Sri Krishna, London, UK

 

2003

Honorary Plaque

25 year of Co Operation with TTB –
Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo (Italy)

 

2005

Bahumathi Patra

Kaladarpanam, Kochi

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