Believed by many to be one of Kerala's greatest writers, Ayyappa Paniker is the pioneer of modernity in malayalam literature. He is also considered as one of the foremost Indian poets and crictics to emerge in the post independence era.
K. Ayyappa Paniker's (1930 - 2006) influence has been quite profound and far-reaching in the entire cultural and intellectual life of the Malayalee. If in poetry Paniker could be seen as the harbinger of a new voice, in the field of literary criticism he ushered in a paradigm shift towards a radically newer awareness.
Ayyappa Paniker has come to be regarded as an icon of modernist culture and thinking. A widely travelled scholar and poet of international renown, he is a unique instance of creative and intellectual genius.