My disciples call me MANU MASTER!
CULTURAMA|October 2020
Varsha Ramachandran shares details of Virtual Bharat’s recent film on the remarkable artiste Manu Master
Varsha Ramachandran

Virtual Bharat’s most recent film is set in Koolimuttam, Kerala. The story of a man, a rebel, a master, known to his disciples and thus to the world by one name, ‘Manu Master’, he says with pride as he looks at Nature around him. His eyes are kind, and filled with strength and wisdom. His red shawl flutters in the wind.

Manu Master was born in Koolimuttam, in the 1960s, as Abdul Manaf. Little Abdul loved the arts. He accompanied his uncle to Kathakali recitals, performances and katcheris alike. He jumped across the compound wall at school every day, to simply watch and admire the dance lessons being taken by a teacher right next door. Spotting his interest in the arts, his uncle enrolled him to learn Bharatanatyam when he was 12, and that marked the beginning of Abdul Manaf’s journey in Bharatanatyam.

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