Kalamandalam Kshemavathy
Kalamandalam Kshemavathy
Born1948 (age 75–76)[citation needed]
Occupation(s)Danseuse, Actress

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.[1]


Kalamandalam Kshemavathy Inaugurates Digital Film Makers Forum Trust

She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2011 for her contributions to Mohinyattam.[2] She has also received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award,[1] She received the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award in 1975 (for Bharatanatyam) and the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Fellowship in 2015.[3][4]

Kshemavathy is known for her abhinaya and traditionalist approach to the art form.[5] 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,[6] 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.[citation needed] She is a teacher with a large number of students.[7]

Personal life

Kshemavathy was the wife of V. K. Pavithran.[citation needed] She has two daughters, Eva Pavithran and Lakshmi Pavithran.[8]


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As actress

Year Film
1972 Panimudakku
1973 Eanippadikal
1975 Niramaala
1978 Ahalya
Samayamaayilla Polum
1980 Makara Vilakku

As Choreographer

Year Film
1968 Karutha Pournami
1976 Njavalppazhangal
1977 Yudhakaandam
2014 Swapaanam


  1. ^ a b Kaladharan, V. (4 February 2011). "In step with tradition". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award: Dance". Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  4. ^ "Dance". Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala. Retrieved 25 February 2023.
  5. ^ Sadasivan, T. K. (17 March 2011). "Lyrical moves". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Mohiniyattom wins a French heart". The Times of India. 22 April 2012. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Kalamandalam Kshemavathy". narthaki.com. Retrieved 6 November 2009.
  8. ^ Santosh, K. (27 February 2006). "Filmmaker Pavithran dead". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.