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Sasikala Vellodi

Mohiniattam dancer, Kathakali dancer

Sasikala Vellodi
   Biography
 Born in Cochin, Kerala, Sasikala Vellodi started her career in dance with Mohiniyattam. Later her affection towards Kathakali led her to be associated with the Kathakali maestro Kalamandalam E. Vasudevan Nair. Later for her higher studies she got her intense training under Late Padmashree Shri. Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair.  An ‘A’ grade artist in Thiruvananthapuram Doordarshan, Sasikala bagged many prizes in the University festivals of Kerala during her college days. 

Sasikala had performed with all the stalwarts of Kathakali in leading roles of the story always. Her Lalita, Mohini, Chitralekha, Kunti  and Damayanti are still alive in the audience’s pulse. Different scholars and notable personalities of the country, including the former Prime Minister Shri. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former President of India Late Giani Zail Singh and others have witnessed her performances. 
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Fusion by Sasikala Vellodi
Fusion by Sasikala Vellodi
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Sasikala Vellodi
Sasikala performing Paravur
Sasikala performing Paravur
Sasikala Kathakali artist presenting Bheema and Draupadi
Sasikala Kathakali artist presenting Bheema and Draupadi
Sasikala presenting Paravoor
Sasikala presenting Paravoor
   Career
In 2007 Sasikala Vellodi led the Kathakali team to Kingdom of Bahrain to perform ‘Poothapattu’ Kathakali (adaptation of  Poet Edasseri’s famous work ‘Poothapattu’) under the patronage of Indian Embassy and India Fine Arts Society, Bahrain.  She has participated in 2010 - 2011 Soorya Festival  in Thiruvananthapuram. Sasikala has conducted a Kathakali workshop and Kathakali show for Kuwait Malayalee Association in June 2011. She performed Kathakali and Mohiniyattam jugal bandhi at Hong Kong for the Malayali Association of Art and Culture (MAAC) in  May 2014. Apart from the stage performances she organizes cultural programme for the Tourism Department and cultural organizations in India and abroad. She had performed with all the stalwarts of Kathakali in leading roles of the story always. Her Lalita, Mohini, Chitralekha, Kunti and Damayanti are still alive in the audience’s pulse.

Sasikala's past performances are:
* Hong Kong: 'Mohana Sandhya'  at May 4, 2014
* Kitco: 'Duryodanavadham' at  14 January 2014
* Trikkovil temple: 'Narakasuravadham' at 7 January 2014
* Bangalore: 'Kathakali Sayahnam' at 12 October 2013

Sasikala Vellodi teaches not just Kathakali dance, but also conducts courses for Kathakali make-up, Kathakali costume and Kalari massage.

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Sasikala Vellodi conducts workshop for Kathakali make-up

Sasikala Vellodi organizes cultural programme for the Tourism Department and cultural organizations in India and abroad. She had performed with all the stalwarts of Kathakali in leading roles of the story always. Her Lalita, Mohini, Chitralekha, Kunti and Damayanti are still alive in the audience’s pulse. Sasikala Vellodi teaches not just Kathakali dance, but also conducts courses for Kathakali make-up, Kathakali costume and Kalari massage.

Sasikala Vellodi performs Kathakali dance

In 2007 Sasikala Vellodi led the Kathakali team to Kingdom of Bahrain to perform ‘Poothapattu’ Kathakali (adaptation of Poet Edasseri’s famous work ‘Poothapattu’) under the patronage of Indian Embassy and India Fine Arts Society, Bahrain. She has participated in 2010 - 2011 Soorya Festival in Thiruvananthapuram. Sasikala has conducted a Kathakali workshop and Kathakali show for Kuwait Malayalee Association in June 2011. She performed Kathakali and Mohiniyattam jugal bandhi at Hong Kong for the Malayali Association of Art and Culture (MAAC) in May 2014. Apart from the stage performances she organizes cultural programme for the Tourism Department and cultural organizations in India and abroad. She had performed with all the stalwarts of Kathakali in leading roles of the story always. Her Lalita, Mohini, Chitralekha, Kunti and Damayanti are still alive in the audience’s pulse.
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