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Nayak or Nayaka stands for:

  • Nayak (administrator) , the administrators of military districts and officers of some south Indian regional empires, particularly Vijayanagar
  • Nayak dynasties , several South Indian dynasties that emerged from the Vijayanagar empire, especially the princely states of Madurai and Thanjavur
  • Nayak: The Real Hero , Bollywood feature film by S. Shankar (2001)
  • The hero , orig. "Nayak", Indian feature film by Satyajit Ray (1966)

Nayak is a family name for the following people: