Established in 2002, Samskrithy is a dream project of eminent Kathakali artist Sri.FACT Mohanan to enrich Indian Traditional and Classical art-forms for the next generation.
Sri. FACT MohananFounder, Samskrithy
Sri. FACT Mohanan
FACT Mohanan was born on May 14, 1959 at Aluva( Ernakulam district, Kerala). After his school education, he joined FACT Kathakali school in 1973 for a six-year course in “Kathakali vesham” (acting). He was trained by veteran artists like Kalamandalam Karunakaran and Kudumaloor Karunakaran Nair. Then he got a two year scholarship from UNESCO under Guru ''Padmasree Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair'' with a higher diploma in 1981 and joined Vijnana Kala Vedi School, Aranmula, as the main Kathakali teacher. He spent years in this institution and trained many Indian and foreign students. His students is continuing their higher studies as their profession in many recognized institutions, inspired by his teaching.
He first appeared on stage in 1974 and has been performing regularly since then both in India and abroad, playing many different characters. In 1982 he performed in the inaugural function of the “Asian Games” in New Delhi, in the 'Sikkim Autumn Festival' in November 1988 and also in the 'London Kerala Festival' September 2001.
He also created new Kathakali plays and codified new "Hastha mudras" for them. "Abrahaminte Bali"(The Sacrifice of Abraham), "Mudiyanaya Puthran" (The Prodigal son) [2 stories from the Bible] and "Kattalan" from a Malayalam poem, under the sponsorship of the Pathanamthitta Kathakali Club and played key roles in those plays with great success. He composed ‘Maruthi-Dhananjayam’, based on Mahabharatha about the meeting of Arjuna and Hanuman at Ramasethu in Rameshwara.
He gives demonstrations for school and college students and has helped many amateurs become Kathakali connoisseurs. He has a keen interest in “Angikabhinaya” and in codifying new mudras, for plays inspired by Bible stories, based on authoritative texts like the Hasthalakshana Deepika, the Natyasasthram, the Balarama Bharatham, etc.
Awards & Honors
These are some of the awards & honors received by Shri. FACT Mohanan.
- Best Kathakali actor
- Best Kathakali actor
- Best contributions in the field
- Best Kathakali Actor Award
- Chengannur Ramanpillai Award
- "Thauratrika Sree" Award
- "RangaSree" Award
- District Kathakali Club, Pathanamthitta
- Vijnana Kala Vedi, Aranmula
- Thapasya Kala Samskarika Vedi, Silver Jubilee Celebration
- District Kathakali Club, Kottayam
- Chengannur Ramanpillai Smaraka Samithi
- Kshethropadesaka Samithi, Parali Devi Temple, Ernakulam
- Rangasree Kathakali Club,Elamkulam