Renowned Kerala theatre personality and three time national award winner Dr Vayala Vasudevan Pillai, passed away after a prolonged illness. He was 67 and leaves behind his wife Valsala, family sources said.
Dr Pillai was undergoing treatment for cancer for the past few months and the end came at 2 PM at a private hospital here.
He was associated with School of Drama in Thrissur under Calicut University for over two decades and retired as its director in 2005. Dr Vayala was earlier Professor of English at Mar Ivanios college Thiruvananthapuram.
A protege of G Sankara Kurup, the first director of school of Drama, Thrissur, Vayala started a theatre group called 'Suvarnarekha' in which artistes like cine actor Jagdeesh and Sreelatha were active members.
Suvarnarekha presented over 30 plays which included his own works and European plays. He is considered an expert on the plays of and aritistic life of Irish Playwright J M Synge.
Several awards came his way including nine state and three national awards. He also won the Kendra Sangeetha Natak Akademy and the state Sangeetha Natak Akademy awards for his contributions to theatre.
In 1980-81 he was awarded the Italian government's theatre fellowship.
Rangabhasha, Swarnakokkukal, Kuchalagaatha, Agni, Yatra are among his well known plays.
He was also awarded the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademy fellowship this year for drama.
The cremation will be held on the banks of Nila river at Cheruthurthy tomorrow.