|Born||1948 (age 74–75)|
Kalamandalam Kshemavathy (born 1948) is a Mohiniyattam dancer from Thrissur, Kerala. She is an alumna of the Kerala Kalamandalam. She joined the institute when she was ten. After completion of the course, she undertook advanced training in Bharata Natyam under Muthuswamy Pillai and Chitra Visweswaran, and in Kuchipudi under Vempati Chinna Satyam, but chose to remain within the Mohiniyattam tradition.
She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2011 for her contributions to Mohinyattam. She has also received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award,
Kshemavathy is known for her abhinaya and traditionalist approach to the art form. She encourages research and believes that experimentation is inevitable, but must be explored leaving the basics of the art form untarnished. Her dance school has attracted international talents from Germany, France, Sweden and Finland in the past.
She has given a visual representation for about 100 poems, including those of cherrusseri and sugathakumari, "kuchelavrittam", classics like chinthavishtayaya seetha, leela etc., and even ghazals. She is a teacher with a large number of students.
Kshemavathy was the wife of V. K. Pavithran. She has two daughters, Eva Pavithran and Lakshmi Pavithran.
Recipients of Padma Shri in Art
Padma Award winners of Kerala
|Padma Bhushan (Male)|
|Padma Bhushan (Female)|
|Padma Shri (Male)|
|Padma Shri (Female)|
(*)By birth - (#)By ethnicity - (!)By domicile
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award Winners of Kerala
|Carnatic Music - Vocal|
|Instrumental - Carnatic Violin|
|Instrumental - Mridangam|
|Creative and Experimental Music|
|Dance - Kathakali|
|Dance - Mohiniattam|
|Major Traditions of Dance and Dance Theatre|
|Music for Dance|
|Theatre - Acting|
|Theatre - Direction|
|Theatre - Traditional / Folk / Dance / Music / Puppetry|
|Performing Arts in the Media|