Noted Malayalam theatre artist Kavalam Narayana Panicker passes away

Noted Malayalam theatre doyen Kavalam Narayana Panicker passed away due age-related ailments in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He was 88.
He was dramatist, theatre director and poet. He had written over 26 Malayalam plays and had played a pioneering role in bringing idiom into Malayalam theatre.

About Kavalam Narayana Panicker

  • Born on 28 April 1928 in Kavalam, Kerala. He had started his career as a lawyer in 1955 for six years but later devoted himself to art and literature.
  • In his long career, he had written over 26 Malayalam plays. Many of these were adapted from classical Sanskrit drama and Shakespeare.
  • His notable works include Madhyamavyayogam (1979), Kalidasa’s Vikramorvasiyam (1981), Shakuntalam (1982), Karnabharam (1984), Bhasa’s Uru Bhangam (1988), Swapnavasavadattam and Dootavakyam (1996).
  • He also had directed two movies Parvati Viraham (1993) in Kuttiyattam form (a form of Sanskrit theatre) and Mani Madhava Chakyar: The Master at Work (1994).
  • He is the founder-director of theatre troupe, Sopanam. He was nominated as Secretary of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi in 1961.
  • Awards and Honours: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Direction (1983), Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (2002), Padma Bhushan (2007).
  • Erin B. Mee had directed his play Ottayan in New York City in 1993.



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