Kavalam Narayana Panicker

Kavalam Narayana Panicker is a renowned dramatist and poet. He is the Founding Director of Sopanam.

Shri Panikkar also wrote and directed a number of Malayalam plays. His first Malayalam play was Sakshi and Kalivesham being the latest.

His plays include Sakshi (1964), Avanavankadamba (1975), Ottayan (1988), Karimkutty (1983), Koyma (1986), Arani (1989), Theyya Theyyam (1990), and Poranadi (1995). He has directed his own plays as well as the plays of Bhasa (Madhyama Vyayogam, Urubhangam, and Karnabharam) and Kalidasa (Shakuntalam and Vikramorvasiyam).

His awards include the prestigious Kalidas Samman Award for Theatre (1996), the National Award from the Sangeet Natak Akademi for Theatre Direction (1983), the Kerala State Sahitya Akademi Award for the best Malayalam Playwright (1974), the Critic Circle of India Award for Theatre Direction (1982 and 1984), and a Ford Foundation Fellowship.

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