Kottakkal: C A Warrier, poet and member of Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala Trust passed away at Kottakkal this morning. He was 88. He had also authored a number of Attakkathas (poetical text for Kathakali performance). The last rites were held at Nandenkulambu crematorium, Kottakkal.
Hailing from Kadambuzha, Warrier was a teacher by profession and had served at the Government schools in Cherpulassery and Malappuram. Since 1968 he had been associated with the Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala and served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 1990. The Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala had literally changed the direction of his life, opening up a wider world of interests.
Warrier began writing Attakkathas for P S V Natya Sangham, the Kathakali troupe maintained by Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala. He has penned four Attakkathas including Ayyappa Charitham, Samboorna Ramayanam, Prahlada Charitham and Seetha Parithyagam, which have been widely performed in India and abroad. Ayyappa Charitham and Samboorna Ramayanam are half a century old now.
Some milestones of his literary career included the translation of Sarojini Naidu’s poem, ‘The Cradle Song,’ into Malayalam with the title, ‘Tharattu,’ writing the biography of P S Warrier, the founder of Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala and writing the treatise, ‘Vaidyarathnathitne Diary-yiloode,’ (Through the Diary of the Vaidyarathnam P S Warrier), compiling the diaries of P S Warrier.
His original works of poetry included the compilations, ‘Peelithundukal,’ and ‘Kaippum Madhuravum.’ Warrier was also very much concerned about the environmental issues. He had been actively involved in the organizations like Bharathappuzha Samrakshana Samithi (Bharathappuzha Protection Committee), N V Memorial Trust and Thunchan Smaraka Trust.