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Kinginikuttan’s ‘Father’: Deportation in the name of drama

Kochi: Poet S Ramesan Nair, who passed away on Friday, is also a playwright who was ‘deported’ to the Andamans for writing a radio play. The play ‘Shatabhishekam’, which was aired on the night of October 16, 1994 at the Radio Natakotsavam, moved All India Radio Thiruvananthapuram station program executive Ramesan Nair to the Port Blair station. KS Rana Prathapan was the director.

It was alleged that the play was created to mock the characters Kittummaman, Kinginikuttan, K Karunakaran and K Muraleedharan. The characters are authoritarian and ignorant. The Director General of All India Radio has ordered an inquiry into the controversy. The investigation report was in favor of Ramesan Nair. But the controversy did not subside.

Ramesan Nair has been transferred to Port Blair station. Despite the huge protests, the action was not withdrawn. He did not go to Port Blair. He voluntarily retired from the service in 1996 after 12 years of service.

The play was later published as a book. Several copies were sold in several editions.


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