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Tholpavakoothu National Awardee – Kalasree Ramachandra Pulavar

Krishnan kutty pulavar memorial tholpavakoothu and puppet center, one of the most prominent puppet players in Kerala .Our group hails from shoranur, Palakkad District. we are conserving this noble art in its traditional present the 12th generation of our Pulavar family is conducting the performances in different parts of the world. Every year we use to conduct our puppet show in almost 85temples in all over Kerala. Our center is very much unique in its way that we are giving training sessions to the upcoming generation at our own residence. As puppetry is a temple art form, it use to display stories from puranas. To popularize our art form we are including different stories – Gandhian Stories, Biblical stories, Panchatantra stories, women empowerment etc…….


  • Sangeet natak Academy National Award -2015
  • Life time achievement and Excellence award from madras craft foundation “DashinachithraVirdhu” in 2008 (south Indian award)
  • Kerala state Folklore Academy Award for the excellence life time performance 2012
  • Kerala state Sangeet natak Academy KALASRI Puraskar 2013
  • Chummarchhondalfolkore academy puraskar for creation of Jesus Christ story in 2013
  • Samhitha temple puraskar from the padmanabhaswamy temple king SreeUthradamThirunalMarthanda Varma authorities 2012
  • Shattkalagovindanmarar Trustee Puraskar 2013
  • Dr.B.RAmbhedkar Kerala state Award 2011
  • Thailand Government Purasakar 2011
  • Junior & senior fellowship holder from ministry of culture Govt. of India 1991,2004
  • Scholarship from department from culture
  • Awards from foreign countries for performance


  • Kerala language institute published a book about Tholpavakoothu in the name of Shri.K.K.Ramachnadrapulavar 2015


  • The Routledge Companion to puppetry and material performances (USA)
  • Different Magazines all over the world
  • “shadow puppet in kerala” by NFSC -2008

Further Training, Achievements & Recognitions

  • Trained 10 persons on behalf of Delhi handicrafts in 1995 in leather puppet craft
  • Trained 40 school-teachers in CCRT New Delhi for about 10years regularly
  • Conduct demonstration in many schools in kerala
  • Participated pragathi maiden national handicraft museum,New Delhi from 1980 to every year
  • Certificate from Kamala Devi Chattopadaya 1978 (founder of handicraft)
  • Certificate from Sangeet Natak academy New –Delhi
  • Certificate from National folklore Support centre –Chennai 2005
  • Certificate from Kerala lalitha kala academy 2008
  • Certificate from Madras craft foundation 2008
  • Certificate from foreign countries from 1979…….
  • Certificate from Indira Gandhi RashteriyaManavasangralaya Bhopal
  • Participating in the international film festivals in kerala Every year
  • Balakandam&Aryuanakandam in English translation 2005
  • Publishes a book “shadow puppet in kerala” by NFSC -2008
  • “Tholpavakoothu”published by keralaBasha institute
  • Creating new stories about Social awareness, panchathantra stories, Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus Christ etc…..
  • Created IFFK logo with Great Director Aravindan


  • Conduct a exhibitions in lalitha kala academy “Koothumadam” exhibitions
    of puppets in 2010
  • Participate Dravidian exhibitions in keralalalitha kala academy 2005
  • Conducting camps for school children’s
  • NatayaDarsana puppet theatre workshop in Kozhikode 2006
  • Exhibitions of puppets in Bhopal
  • Akhyan puppet exhibition in IGNCA 2010
  • Creating Mahatma Gandhi Performance through shadow puppetry
  • Creating Jesus Christ Performance through shadow puppetry
  • Creating MAHABHARTHAM- DURUYODHANVADAM Performance through shadow puppetry
  • Creating AYYAPA CHARITHAM Performance through shadow puppetry
  • Creating Mahabali koothu kerala national festival ONAM Performance through shadow puppetry
  • Creating Modern Story through Puppets
  • Creating Professional drama about the life history Tholpavakoothu artist “NADINAKKAM NADAKKAM”


  • Annual performances in about 45 temples during the temple festivals seasons from December
    to June every year
  • A temple performance will stretch over 7, 14,21,41,71 days according to the temple tradition
  • Various stage performance during a year (250 stages)
  • Performance in schools for children’s
  • Performance in College as part of puppetry in education and theatre studies

Puppet Making

  • Making and natural coloring of about 300 puppets per year
  • Creating Giant puppets
  • Teaching puppet making to students in schools
  • Training to students in the theatre

Countries Visited

Russia, Sweden, Spain,Ireland, Germany, Greece, Singapore, Japan, Holand, Poland,Israel, Thailand,Muscat, China

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