Kerala People's Arts Club

Kerala People's Arts Club (KPAC) is a theatrical movement in Kayamkulam, Kerala, India. It was formed in the 1950s by a group of individuals having close ties with Left-wing politics parties of Kerala. KPAC was very influential in popularising the Communist movement in Kerala.

Kerala People's Arts Club
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AbbreviationK. P. A. C
FounderKambisseri Karunakaran
Area served
FieldDrama, film
OwnerCommunist Party of India

In 1951, KPAC staged its first drama, Ente Makanaanu Sheri (My Son is Right). The songs of this play were written by Punaloor Balan. Its second drama Ningalenne Communistakki (You Made Me a Communist), first performed in 1952, became a path-breaking play in the history of Malayalam theatre. The play was penned by the renowned playwright Thoppil Bhasi, under the pseudonym Soman. Bhasi was underground when he wrote the play. The success of Ningalenne Communistakki made KPAC in the forefront of a powerful people's theatre movement in Kerala.[1]

KPAC played a significant role in popularising the Communist Party in Kerala through its dramas, road shows and kathaprasangams (story telling).[2]


  1. ^ "Frontline article". Archived from the original on 30 December 2001. Retrieved 14 November 2008.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ "First Ministry of Kerala Government". Archived from the original on 2 October 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2008.

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