December 22nd, 2011
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Theatre writer PM Antony passed away


Alapuzha: Renowned theatre writer PM Antony (64) passed away at Alapuzha General Hospital at 5 pm today. He gained immense acclaim for his  works – ” Kristhuvinde Aaram Thirumurive”, “Amma”,”Mandellake Snehapoorvam Vinni”, “Kadalinde Makkal”. Cremation would be held at his house on Friday evening. He is survived by his wife Gracy and children Ajitha, Anil, Aazad, and Anu.

PM Antony was awarded the State government award for best theatre writer twice. He was also awarded the Sangeetha Nadaka Akademy Award. Antony’s interest in theatre began even while he was a student. Even while studying in school he was noted for his theatre works. In 1980 his work”Kadalinde Makkal” that was written for Allapuxha theatre’s was awarded the best thetare work award by the State government. This was the first drama that entered a professional competition. Later he moved away from professional theatre and got more involved in armature theatre.

In 1980 he was made an accused in the Kanjiramchira naxal case also known as the ‘Muthalali Somarajan Unmoolanam case’. After which he went underground for more than three years. During the period of his trial he produced a drama called “Spartacus”. His 1986 work- ” Kristhuvinde Aaram Thirumurive” came under intense criticism from the Catholic religious heads. The government was forced to ban the drama due to the intense displeasure expressed by the christian community. But this ban did not weaken his spirits. With renewed spirit he wrote penned down two works- “Vishudhapapangal” and “Swathandryam Allengil Maranam”.  Of which his latter work was awarded the State Akademy Award. It is when his ” Kristhuvinde Aaram Thirumurive” became controversial that the Right for freedom of expression became a topic of intense discussion among the intellectuals, thinkers and common man in Kerala. While he was languishing in the Thiruvananthapuram Central jail he wrote the famous  drama “Mandellake Snehapoorvam Vinni” which was awarded the Kerala Sahithya Akademy award. In 1993 due to the committed efforts of social activists, he was released from jail.

Later he changed his style of theatre presentation. Instaed of the usual theatre presentation he decided to enter among the masses which he succeeded through his play “Arangil Ninne Adukalayileke”.  In 2005 he organised a theatre march where he travelled all over Kerala. Recently he presented the play “terrorist”.

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