K.K. Gopalakrishnan is a scholar-critic and connoisseur of Kerala performing arts traditions, especially Kutiyattam and Kathakali. He contributes regularly to The Hindu, Nartanam, Sruti and other periodicals and has collaborated with several international scholars/researchers on Kerala performing arts traditions. He is the author of ‘Kathakali Dance-Theatre: A Visual Narrative of Sacred Indian Mime’. His forthcoming title is on Teyyam, the folk-ritual art tradition of northern Kerala.