Veteran Malayalam theatre doyen Kavalam Narayana Panicker passed away on 26 June 2016 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He was 88. He was dramatist, theatre director and poet.
He has written over 26 Malayalam plays, many adapted from classical Sanskrit drama and Shakespeare. He played a pioneering role in bringing idiom into Malayalam theatre.
Kavalam Narayana Panicker
He was born on 28 April 1928 in Kavalam, Kerala. He obtained a degree in Economics from S D College, Alappuzha and later a Bachelor of Law degree from Madras Law College.He had started his career as a lawyer in 1955 for six years but later devoted himself to art and literature.
He has written over 26 Malayalam plays. His notable works include Madhyamavyayogam (1979), Kalidasa’s Vikramorvasiyam (1981), Shakuntalam (1982), Karnabharam (1984), Bhasa’s Uru Bhangam (1988), Swapnavasavadattam and Dootavakyam (1996).
He has worked in many countries, including the former Soviet Union. In Greece he worked with Greek artists on a production of the Ilyayana, a fusion of the Indian Ramayana and the Greek epic Iliad.
Awards and Honours: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Direction (1983), Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (2002), Padma Bhushan (2007).