Palakkad: Veteran Kathakali artiste and teacher Kalamandalam Vasu Pisharody (79) passed away on Wednesday at his residence in Kongad, Palakkad.
Pisharody has served as the vice principal and the head of Vesham department of Kerala Kalamandalam. He had retired from service in 1999, but was actively involved in Kathakali till 2005.
He has bagged numerous honours, including Kerala Kalamandalam Award in 1998, Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award in 2004, Kalamandalam Fellowship in 2010 and State Kathakali Award in 2012, among others.
He is survived by wife Subhadra, son Unnikrishnan, daughter Sreekala and brothers MP Goplalakrishnan and MP Sukumaran.