The Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Akademi gets new office bearers. Soorya Krishnamoorthy, is appointed as the chairman, TM Abraham as the vice Chairman and Dr. PV Krishnan Nair as new secretary of Kerala Sangeeta Nataka academy.
Krishnamoorthy is the founder-director of the SOORYA Stage and Film Society, a unique organisation promotes Indian arts and culture which is renowned for organizing the Soorya Festival - the longest and one of the most prestigious cultural events in India - in which the finest and most accomplished artists in Indian classical dances and music participate.
Soorya Krishnamoorthy is a pioneer of the Light and Sound show in Malayalam that has completed 30 years. He has also written, conceived and directed various stage shows. He has directed plays including Melvilasam, Premalekhanam, and Parinayam
Earlier he has served as the director of the Kerala State Film Development Corporation, member of the National Film Award jury, the Kerala State Film Award jury, member of the Doordarshan Advisory Committee, the Expert Committee of the Department of Culture, Govt. of India to evolve the cultural policy of the country.
He had won President of India’s National Award for Stage Craft and Direction 1996. “Kalaimamani” Award for Stage Craft and Direction, "Special Recognition" Award for overall contribution in the field of art and culture 2004from govt of Kerala etc.
T M Abraham renowned director and playwright is coming back as the vice chairman of the academy for the second time. Earlier he was the Vice Chairman of the Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy during 2001–2004. Earlier he was a member of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi, Kerala Kalamandalam, an executive member of the Samasta Kerala Sahitya Parishad etc.
Abraham has published 14 books in Malayalam in various categories, including novel, drama, monograph, and translations. His important plays include Pernthachan, Pr akvukal Ippol karayunnnilla, Keeri muricha Kannu, Raktha bali and his directorial ventures include Madhavi (by Bhisham Sahni), Aham Aham (own script), Waiting for Godot, Antigone, Oedipus and Thughlaq.
He has won awards including the state award for direction in 1980. Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award 1981, K.C.B.C. Literary Award in 1994, V. T. Bhattathiripad award 2001 and the Senior Fellowship by Government of India, Department of Culture, in 2004 etc.
Dr. PV Krishnan Nair who had an earlier term as the secretary of Kerala Sahitya Akademi is the new secretary to the Nataka Akademi of the state.
Hope that the new bunch of people, their experience in organisational, creative and administrative fields will rejuvenate the Akademi and create new energy and focus to its manifold activities.