Omchery N. N. Pillai

Omchery N. N. Pillai is a Malayalam–language playwright, novelist and poet from Kerala, India. He has written nine full-length plays, more than 80 one-act plays and a few novels. His plays are noted for their bold experiments in form and technique as well as the uncommon vision inherent in many of the themes. He won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award twice: in 1972 for the play Pralayam and in 2010 for his overall contribution to Malayalam literature.

Omchery N. N. Pillai
OccupationPlaywright, novelist and poet
Spouse(s)Leela Omchery
ChildrenS. D. Omchery
Deepti Omchery Bhalla
Parent(s)Narayana Pillai
Pappikutty Amma
AwardsKerala Sahitya Akademi Award - 1972
Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award - 2010


Omchery was born in Palarivattom, Kerala as the son of Omchery Narayanan Pillai and Pappikkutty Amma. He started writing poems at a very young age. After completing his education from University College, Thiruvananthapuram, he joined the news department of Delhi All India Radio in 1951 and later promoted as Editor in their publication department. He pursued his higher studies in Mass Communication from Pennsylvania University and Mexico State University and worked in the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.

He wrote his first play Ee Velicham Ningaludethakunnu (This Light is Ours) at the behest of A. K. Gopalan who was then the Leader of Opposition in the Indian parliament. Members of Parliament K. C. George, P. T. Ponnoose, E. K. Imbichi Bava, V. P. Nair etc. acted in the play. Omchery has written nine full-length plays and more than 80 one-act plays. He founded the theatrical organisation 'Experimental Theatre' in 1963. DC Books published a collection of his 26 selected plays on 27 November 2011. Besides being a regular presence in Kerala's literary and cultural fields, Omchery is now the Principal of the Delhi Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's College of Communication Management. He is married to Leela Omchery who is a well-known singer and sister of famous Malayalam singer, Kamukara Purushothaman.[1] Leela Omcheri is from the Mankoyikkal Nair Tharavadu in Thiruvattar, near the Aadhikeshava Permual Temple. The couple has a son, S. D. Omchery and a daughter, famous classical dancer, Deepti Omchery Bhalla.[2]



  • Ee Velicham Ningaludethakunnu
  • Pralayam
  • Cherippu Kadikkilla


  • Pralayam
  • Thevarude Aana
  • Kallan Kayariya Veedu
  • Daivam Veendum Thettiddharikkappedunnu



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Overall Contribution to Malayalam Literature". Kerala Sahitya Akademi. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  4. ^ "An award that feels like home". The Hindu. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.