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Doctorate for Kalamandalam Sugandhi
- Venugopal SK

October 18, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Kalamandalam Sugandhi on her accomplishment of recently completing her doctoral thesis and receiving the doctorate from Sastra University, Chennai. She has been serving the cause of training innumerable  students in Mohiniattam ever since she passed out of Kerala Kalamandalam and joined the FACT school in Kalamasseri at the request of the great visionary Late M.K.K.Nair. After retirement from service, she continued imparting training to many including acclaimed dancers and till date she is kept busy by the discerning students of Mohiniattam from world over.

Dr. Kalamandalam Sugandhi

The uniqueness of her style is defined by the inclusiveness in her attitude right from younger days. After passing out from Kerala Kalamandalam, her quest for higher learning landed her at the house of the doyen of Mohiniattam, also known as mother of Mohiniattam, Late Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma. She proudly remembers how she imbibed the beautiful nuances of the famous Kalyanikkutty Amma style known for its graceful movements during her short stint of training under the great Guru. She didn't stop at that.

Fascinated by the dancing style and aura of the legendary Padma Subrahmanyam, she pursued learning of Natya Sastra at Chennai under the direct guidance of the legend herself. This further led her to taking up research work in Sastra University. With her busy life taking care of her family and coaching students, the process of research and related thesis presentation etc took some time. The well deserved recognition has finally arrived. With or without a doctorate I would say she herself has been a university of sorts for those who desired to learn the dance form in its totality. In a way an ultimate destination for perfecting one's own skill in the dance form. She is incidentally the present Dean of Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University.

Venugopal SK
Venugopal S.K is a businessman in the field of Engineering projects, a singer, composer, accredited artiste in Light Music at All India Radio, auditioned and graded member of panel of speakers in Films Division of India, associated with Mohiniattam for over 4 decades as accompanying musician and music composer.

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