The torch-bearer of Koodiyattam; Margi Madhu is a master when it comes to depicting the story through facial expression. Immersed in the form at the tender age of 15, he thus became the first student of ‘Institution of Margi’ under the guidance of India’s most celebrated artist of Koodiyattam, Ammannur Madhava Chakyar.

Koodiyattam requires immense physical and mental strength to study and perform hand gestures and postures complementing hundreds of Sanskrit verses. Margi’s imaginative and improvisational Koodiyattam enactment is the result of 17 years spent to master the form.

A performer, choreographer and teacher – Margi Madhu is the recipient of many national and international accolades such as ‘Sanskriti National Award’ for young artists, ‘YuvaKalaRatna’ award, Theatre Pasta International Award, Kerala Kalamandalam Award, and is known for his portrayal of characters such as Ravana, Arjuna, Sugreeva and the Vidushaka.

He has performed at the grandest of venues in Japan, Korea, Europe and Israel, but his most notable performance came in June 1977 when he performed at Kennedy Center, Washington DC, United States.

The artiste is currently working as an Assistant professor in the Department of Theatre, Sreesankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala.