Namboodiri - a profile.
K. M. Vasudevan
Namboothiri, better known as Artist Namboodiri (born 1925) is a well-known Indian painter and
sculptor. He is the winner of the Raja Ravi Varma Award for the year 2003. He is famous for his own style of
line sketches (rekhachithrangal in Malayalam).
Artist Namboodiri was born at Karuvattu Mana of Ponnani, Kerala. During his childhood, he was influenced by the
sculptures at the Shukapuram temple near his house. “I had this urge to draw and mould sculptures after seeing
these,” says Namboodiri. Later, he was a disciple of renowned artist K. C. S.
Paniker. He also drew inspiration
from renowned painters like Debi Prasad Roy Chowdhury and S.
Dhanapal. He studied painting in the Madras School
of Fine Arts.
Artist Namboodiri has illustrated many popular characters for literary publications in
Kerala. His cartoon
series "Naniyammayum Lokavum" in Mathrubhumi was extremely popular. He has worked for
Mathrubhumi, a leading
Malayalam publication. He has also done illustrations for several leading authors in Malayalam like Thakazhy
Shivasankara Pillai, Kesavadev, M. T. Vasudevan Nair (for whom he illustrated the novel,
S. K. Pottekkatt, Edasseri Govindan Nair, and V.K.N.. He is also a proponent of "finger painting", and does
copper sheet relief work, having mounted an exhibition of metal reliefs on copper plates depicting the Ramayana
and the Independence struggle.
He has been the chairman of the Kerala Lalitakala Academy for more than one term. During one such tenure, he
took upon himself the task of setting up an own building for the centre in
Thrissur, which till then was
working from rented space. He was also the key figure behind the conversion of the Durbar Hall in Kochi into an
A documentary has been made on the life and work of Namboodiiri. Titled
Namboodiri: Varayude Kulapathy, it is
directed by Binuraj Kalapeedhom, under the banner of Ask Movies.
( courtesy Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namboothiri_(artist)