Kavalam Narayana Panikkar is one of Kerala
's most respected playwrights and theater directors, working closely with traditional forms. Founder-director of the Sopanam theater, Panikkar has written 26 Malayalam
plays and translated many English and Sanskrit
classic plays into Malayalam. With the Sopanam troupe, he has participated at the Kalidasa Samaroh in Ujjain
, the Nandikar festival in Kolkata
and many other prominent festivals in India and abroad. Kalidasa Samman is a prestigious award he received from the Madhya Pradesh
'Madhyamavyayogam', Kalidasa's 'Vikramorvasiyam', 'Shakuntalam', 'Karnabharam', 'Uru Bhangam', 'Swapnavasavadattam' and 'Dootavakyam', 'Karinkutti', and 'Ottayan' are his famous works. His other achievements include the Kerala Sahitya Academy Award, Kerala State Sahitya Institute Award, and Sangeet Nataka Academy Award.