Branded a Subversive and a Wanted Man by the government, he was on the run and went underground during the period of 1948-52, as a top priority suspect in the infamous Shooranad Incident, with a Rs 1000 bounty on his head.
There are actually3 versions on the genesis of KPAC but Punalur N Rajagopalan Nair, one of the patriarchs of the socio-cultural movement that heavily leaned on the socialist principles that was sweeping the land in the 50’s and the 60’s, categorically lays all doubts to rest in an article that appeared in the tribute magazine brought out in honor of Thoppil Bhasi, the ‘Face’ of KPAC.
Though it had always been a short ride from my home, it is only now, at a place in time where you learn to appreciate and honor the cultural movements that shaped our current explorations in art , that the gravitas of this humble group of buildings finally dawn upon me.
This is a not-for-profit, personal project undertaken to digitise the history of the World’s Most Powerful People’s Theatre Movement. And I also realise that its scope, frames of reference and rich history is way beyond the reaches of just a pair of eyes, ears and two hands. If you are here, reading this and would […]
There may be several instances of a singer or instrumental music player becoming a music director or an extra actor becoming the hero or heroine of a play. But a harmonium player becoming a standby music director, actor and even director is rare in the annals of world theatre.