P Thilagavathi

Born on 13 September 1990 in Tamil Nadu, Shrimati P. Thilagavathi has received training in the Kattaikkuttu theatre tradition from Shri Thiru Perungattur Rajagopalan at the Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. In 2010, she graduated from the institute as the first woman performer of the art form. She is the co-founder of a Kattaikkuttu theatre company. Shrimati P. Thilagavathi has performed widely from an early age. She cofounded Sri Krishna Kattaikkuttu Company in 2014. She has performed with her troupe in noted national festivals of the country like the Rangayana Festival, Mysore in 2005; the Prithvi Theatre Festival, Mumbai in 2006; and various festivals organized by Eyal Isai Nataka Manram, the Tamil Nadu State Government Department. She participated in an Artistic Exchange Programme between the Wind Dancers Trust and the Association Les Poussieres, Aubervilliers, France; she was also a part of the Artist-inresidence programme at Theatre du Soleil of Ariane Mnouchkine in Paris, France. She has initiated many students into the art as a teacher and trainer and has also worked as a facilitator applying Kattaikkuttu for social transformation. Shrimati P. Thilagavathi is awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of Sangeet Natak Akademi for the year 2016 for her notable talent in the field of Kattaikkuttu (traditional theatre of Tamil Nadu).