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She was also an expert in the role of Malathi in NIzhalkoothu and it was is a difficult role showing abundant affection for her husband and son initially. Then she turned into a monster and tore her own son into two halves as a punishment for her sorcerer husband who would rather save his own life than the lives of Pandavas.
When performing with veterans and others in kathakali, never had she failed to draw the attention of her rasikas throughout her performing career. The special talent about Parukutty is her improvisations and imaginative gestures that always fell within the limit of grammar of that art form. Parukutty's maiden performance was that of Lalittha which normally any female artiste would prefer to play. A charming and bewitching woman, a boothakana (a female demon) who was sent by king Kamsa to kill infant Krishna who would kill him if he grew up to be a man.
In the later years, Parukutty played several female roles such as Urvasi, Panchali, Damayanthi, Chitalekha, etc and each one of them is a memorable performance with a perfusion of various emotions ranging from joy to sorrow, and ecstasy to aversion. No body can question her versatility when she stands before the stage and transforms herself into that given character.
She was conferred Kalamandalam award for excellence in acting besides Mathrubhoomi Grihalakshmi award, she received many awards for her contribution to kathakali. It is a fact that kathakali is not women's forte, but Chavara Parukutty Amma, who is survived by only daughter, a well known dancer, impressed on the young prospective girls that '' if you have will power, passion and determination backed by hard work you can compete with men in any field and made a lasting mark on it. All you need is patience and the ability to face criticisms with a positive mind''. Chavara Parukutty approached certain difficult characters with stark contrast to unveil the subtleties of Kathakali she had grasped in a career spanning more than 60 years.