Kavalam Narayana Panicker, the veteran dramatist-poet-lyricist
passed away. The 88-year-old breathed his last on June 26th night
at his Trivandrum residence, due to age-related issues. The funeral
will take place on June 28th, Tuesday.
Narayana Panicker is survived by wife Sharadamani and younger
son Kavalam Sreekumar, the popular theatre director cum
classical-playback singer. His elder son Kavalam Harikrishnan
passed away in 2009.
Kavalam started his career as a lawyer, in Thrissur. He
developed a special interest towards literature and theatre during
his life in Thrissur. Narayana Panicker has written about 26 plays
and directed 2 films.
As a lyricist, he has worked for several films including
Ulsavapittennu, Sarvakalaashala, Manjadikkuru, Amen, etc.
He won the Kerala State Film Award for the Best Lyricist, in the
years, 1978 and 1982.
Narayana Panicker was the director of Mohanlal's highly
appreciated Sanskrit drama, Karnabharam. He was planning
to launch a new a play adapted from the epic Shakuntala,
with Manju Warrier in the lead role, soon.
Kavalam was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2007. He has also
won several prestigious awards, including the Kalidas Samman of
1994 and Sangeet Natak Academy Award of 1983.