Joseph Kaimaparamban

Born in 1924 in Shertallai village in Kerala, Shri Joseph Kaimapa- ramban took his Malayalam Higher Examination in 1937 and took up a job with the Cochin Government in 1943. An actor, singer and composer, he simultaneously started performing Kathapra- sangam, an oral narrative in Malayalam, interpolating political messages inspiring people in the struggle for freedom. Eventually, he resigned his job in the government and became a popular full-time performer. He is known as one of the four pioneers of modern Kathapra- sangam among whom he alone is living today. After indepen- dence, Joseph Kaimaparam- ban worked as Producer of Rural Programmes in All India Radio from 1959 to 1982. He was invited by Radio Ceylon and Radio Vatican to perform Kathaprasangam on their networks. He was awarded a Gold Medal by Kerala Kalamandalam in 1950 and was honoured by Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi in 1979. He is now a Fellow of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi. Shri Joseph Kaimaparamban receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Kathaprasan- gam of Kerala.