Unnayi Variyar (also, Variar/Warrier/Warriar) was a poet, writer, scholar, dramatist who lived in Kerala, India during the later part of the 17th century. He gave immense contributions to the art of Kathakali the classical dance-drama form of Kerala. He is widely renowned for his chef-d'oeuvre Nalacharitham aattakatha.
There are only sketchy details available regarding Unnayi Variyar's real name, exact date and place of birth, his family background and literary achievements. There is consensus among scholars that his family name was 'Akathoottu Warriam' and that he was a garland maker (traditional vocation of Warriers (Variar)) by profession at Irinjalakkuda ... more »
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