Kochi: Veteran Communist leader and senior
advocate of the Kerala High Court G Janardhana Kurup passed
away at his residence here Friday.
He was 92 and is survived by 5 daughters. His wife had
predeceased him, family sources said.
Kurup a leading lawyer, had appeared in nearly 500 criminal
cases, including in the case relating to communal riots in
Marad in which he appeared for over 100 accused.
A famous orator, Kurup, was one of the founder members of KPAC (Kerala
Peoples Arts Club). He had also essayed roles in the plays
during the early days.
KPAC`s second and most popular play `Ningal Enee
Communist Aakki` (You made me a Communist), a socio political
drama, had been directed by Kurup along with N Rajagopalan
Nair. It propelled KPAC into the forefront of Kerala scene and
played a historical role in popularising the communist
movement in Kerala during the 1950s eventually leading to the
establishment of the first democratically elected communist
ministry in Kerala in 1957 under E M S Namboodiripad. Till
date, it has been staged in over 6000 stages.
His autobiography `Ente Jeevitham`, won him the Kerala
Sahitiya Academy Award.
The funeral will be held tomorrow.