I present to you, Sir, Sri N.N. Pillai. Sri N.N. Pillai was born in Vaikom in Kerala in 1918. Sri Pillai showed histrionic talent at a very early age. All his life he has been a freelance actor- director and playwright devoted to the cause of the development of the theatre in Kerala. He organized his own theatre group, Vishwa Kerala Kala Samithi in 1953. During his long acting career he has played many varied roles. Some of his important roles are a Zamindar in ‘Pretlokam’; Father of Kapalika in ‘Kapalika’ and Prehistoric man in ‘Shridevi’. Sri Pillai has been honoured by many cultural institutions. He received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for play-writing in 1965 and the Kerala Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for acting in 1969. Apart from being a renowned actor, Sri Pillai also has to his credit 12 full length and 10 one-act plays. For his eminence in the field of theatre and his contribution to its development, Sri N.N. Pillai receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting.