Guru Gopinath blended the fundamentals of Kathakali and Mohinattom, called it Indian classical dances, changed the name to Kathakali Natanam and later renamed it as Kerala Natanam. He structured Kerala Natanam in such a way that it could be performed as a solo, group or dance drama and described it respectively as Ekamga Natanam, Samkha Natanam and Nataka Natanam with repertoires for a male-female duo.

Guru Gopinath was married to Thankamani, the first and only Mohiniattam student of the Kerala Kalamandalam in 1937.

Guru Gopinath authored six books, including an autobiography and two books in English - 'The Classical Dance Poses of India' and 'Abhinaya Prakashika.'
('Immaculate artistry' by KK Gopalakrishnan, The Hindu, Aug 10, 2007)

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