Mankulam Kathakali

A Unique Professor/ Dr. Mankulam
Krishnan Namboothiri

A man who could evoke the molecules of sound amidst immersing in the biology of molecules! That is the unique Principal with principles, Prof. Dr. Mankulam Krishnan Namboothiri, gifted son of the splendid father, Sri. Mankulam Vishnu Namboothiri, the Kathakali artist of fame. Space is not enough to narrate the awards and no words on the working areas, being immense, of this artist of percussion with Chenda, a proficient disciple of Sri. Varanasi Madhavan Namboothiri and Sri. Kalamandalam Kesavan. Dr. Mankulam Krishnan Namboothiri, former principal of S.D College, Alappuzha, with doctorate in Biochemistry under Dr. P.A Kurup of Kerala University was born on 20th of January 1951.


  • Kalasagar Award (2021)
  • Kalamandalam Hyder Ali Award (2019)
  • Varanasi Puraskaram (2016)
  • Karthikasree Puraskaram (2015)
  • Kerala Kalamandalam Award (2015)
  • Vanadurga Puraskaram (2014)
  • Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair Janmasathabdi Puraskaram (2014)
  • Navaikkulam Kathakali Aswadaka Sangham Fellowship (2011)
  • Sangeetha Nataka Academy Tagore Jayanthi Lifetime Achievement Award (2010)
  • Keraleeya Kalakshethram Award (2006), Awarded by Keraleeya Kalakshethram, Alappuzha
  • St’ Berchman’s Award for the Best College teacher in Kerala (2004), Awarded by S. B. College, Changanasseri
  • Kathakali Award (1998), Awarded by Alappuzha Kathakali Club, Keralam
  • US International Visiting Scientists Fellowship Award (1997), Awarded by US International Atherosclerosis Society, Huston, Texas
  • Pallippuram Award (1994), Awarded by Cherthala Kathakali Club, Keralam
  • Indian Academy of Science Fellowship (1988), Awarded by Indian Academy of Scienc Bangalore
  • Kottarakkara Thampuran Award (1984), Awarded by Kollam Kathakali Club, Keralam

Around the world in Six Decades

  • Principal (2004-2006), S.D. College, Alappuzha
  • Visiting Scientist, Institute of Pathology, Frieburg University, Germany
  • Professor of Biology, Ministry of Education, UNDP, Central Africa
  • Former Head of the PG Department of Zoology & Research Center, S. D College, Alappuzha
  • Research Supervising Guide, University of Kerala
  • Member of the Indian Team of Artiste, Rhythms of India Festival, Toronto, Canada
  • Member of Programme Advisory Committee, Doordarsan Kendram, TVM
  • Executive Board Member, Member Academic Council & Member of the Governing Council, Kerala Kalamandalam
  • Governing Council Member, Lalithakala Academy, Thrissur
  • Subject Expert-Kerala Kalamandalam, Thrissur
  • Hon. Animal Welfare Education Officer, Animal Welfare Board of India- Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, UK
  • Expert Member, PG Semesterisation, University of Kerala
  • Resource Person, UGC Academic Staff Colleges, Kerala
  • Member of Judging Committee, Percussion (Eastern), State School Youth Festivals
  • Visiting Faculty, IIRBS, MG University, Kerala.
  • Chairman of PG and PhD University Examination Board


  • Heart- British Medical Journal (September 1999)
  • Current Science- Indian Journal of Experimental Biology

Seminars & Conferences

  • International Symposium on Atherosclerosis- (Kyoto 1998), International Society for Atherosclerosis & Science Council, Japan
  • International Symposium on Atherosclerosis, New Delhi, (1998), Indian Society for Atherosclerosis Research, SV Medical College, Thirupathy
  • Science Communication, Manipal, (2001), Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE)
  • International Conference- TVM (2002, International Society for Heart Research & Sree Chithira Institute for Medical Sciences & Technologies, TVM)

Blend of Art, Science, Research and Education- The Multifaceted Personality- Kathakali Chenda Artiste Prof. Dr. Mankulam Krishnan Namboothiri

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