Kavalam Narayana Panicker or Kavalam Narayana Panikkar is a malayalam dramatist and poet. He was born into an ancient family from Kuttanad in Alappuzha , Kerala , India.
Passed away on june 26 2016. He was the Vice Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi. Chairman, Kathak Kendra, New Delhi. Chairman, Kudiyattam Kendra, Trivandrum .. . ..
Avanavan Kadamba 1976 most popular work in collaboration with filmmaker G. Aravindan was inspired by folk arts of Kerala, from the Sanskrit plays of Kalidasa and Bhasa to the tragedies of Shakespeare...... .
well known works are Teyyateyyam , Karnabharam , Oo ru Bhangam and Shakuntalam.He won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Lyrics twice, in 1978 for Vadakakkoru Hridayam and in 1982 for Marmaram . He has written lyrics for songs in films like Kummatti , Aham, Vadakakkoru Hridayam, Marmaram . .
He was awarded Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1983 Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 2002 Padma Bhushan in 2007. His 8oth birthday was celebrated on 20th april 2008. Awarded Ettumanoor somadasan smaraka puraskaram in 2012. .