Shri Mathoor Govindan Kutty was born in 1940 in Nedumudi village in Kerala. He received his initial training in Kathakali from Nedumudi Kuttappa Paniker and subsequently studied the traditional theatre art under Kurichi Kunjan Panicker and Ambalapuzha Shekhan at the Mathoor Kalari. He specialized in Kathakali Stri Vesham under Kudamaloor Kurunakaran Nair at the Thekkan Chitta Guru- kulam. Among the foremost exponents of the Gurukulam, Sri Mathoor Govindan Kutty has gained wide respect as a teacher and has trained a number of Kathakali performers at the Kudamaloor Kalakendra. He has performed extensively in India and abroad. Some of his notable performances include those at the opening ceremony of Asiad in 1982 and at Kathakali Mahotsav organiz- ed by Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1993. For his outstanding Kathakali performances, he has been conferred several honours by reputed organizations in Kerala. He received the Guru Chengan- noor Award in 1993. Shri Mathoor Govindan Kutty receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribu- tion to Kathakali.