Kalamandalam Hyderali (1946-2006) was one of the best Kathakali singers of his generation, and the first non-Hindu artiste to make a mark in the four-century-old classical dance-drama from Kerala in south India.  Hyderali was a native of Ottupara in Wadakkanchery of Thrissur district. His father, Moidutty, was an exponent of Mappila Paattu.  The art world first took notice of little Hyderali’s talent when he won a local-level competition, singing the Malayalam film song \"Kalle Kaniville\". It was when he was 11 years old that Hyderali joined Kerala Kalamandalam. Hailing from a poor family, his parents had struggled to pay the admission fee -- incidentally \"a Hindu and a Christian\" helped him secure admission in the premier performing arts institute, as Hyderali later recalls in his autobiography. At Kalamandalam, he received training gurus like Kalamandalam Neelakantan
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