in 1913 January 10
Achutha Menon was a stalwart of freedom movement,
prominent leader of Communist Party of India,
renowned ruler, eminent economist, noted writer
and a leader with spotless clean public life
was the first Chief Minister of Kerala He was
the first Chief Minister of Kerala who could
complete the tenure of office. He was in office
for about seven years (1970-1977). After obtaining
Law degree, he accepted legal profession. But
he gave up the profession and joined a full
time worker of freedom movement. He joined Indian
National Congress in 1935 and led the party
as the Secretary of Cochin State Congress Committee.
Soon he associated with Congress Socialist Party
and then the Communist Party in 1941. He participated
in freedom struggle, temple entry struggle etc.
In the wake of Quit India movement, he was imprisoned
for more than a year. He went underground for
more than three years when the Government prohibited
the functioning of Communist Party. He was elected
to the Travancore State Legislature in 1952.
He was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly
in 1957, 1960, 1969 and 1970. He was the Minister
of Finance and Agriculture in the first communist
ministry led by E.M.S. Namboodirippad in the
year 1957. In 1968 he was elected to the
Rajya Sabha. He resigned his membership in the
Parliament in 1969 to become the Chief Minister
of Kerala. He implemented several basic reform
measures in the State such as Land Reform Act;
take over of private forest without compensation,
law on agriculture labour, one lakh housing
scheme, establishment of a number of scientific
and research institutions. Even his opponents
admit that he was the best Chief Minister of
Kerala has ever seen. He enriched the
field of literature too through his writings
on literary criticism, reviews. He wrote
He died on August 16, 1991.
Prof. P.S. ACHUTHAN PILLAI
Born on 1905 (12 Medam
Father: Prof.K.Sankara Pillai
Mother: M.Narayani Amma
Pillai left his legacy in all the fields where he worked.
He was a reputed teacher, renowned
legal intellect, scholar and writer, President of many
social and cultural organizations. He was the Principal
of Law College, Thiruvananthapuram. He was one among
the founder leaders of National Democratic Party. He
was the author of authentic law books such as Criminal
Law, Evidence Constitution, Jurisprudence, Law of Torts
He died on 24 November 1999.
on 3 July 1941.
Father: Madhavan Unnithan.
Mother: Gouri Kunjamma.
Adoor Gopalakrishnan is an accomplished Cine
Director that the world has ever seen.
He is a versatile genius who introduced newer
experiments in Malayalam films. His films are
reflections of faithful revelation of real life.
He possessed original qualities and attempted
to reach new heights by making use of his vast
abilities and artistic talents. Adoor’s experiences
show that new experiments in film industry will
bring out best results in the field. To him
cinema is a real portrayal of human imagination
shadow of progressive thinking. He found Chithralekha
Film Society, which introduced newer trends
of world film to Keralites. He won many national
and international awards including Dada Saheb
Falke Award for the year 2004.
He was the Chairman of ‘Film & Television
Institute of India’. His important films are
Swayamvaram (national winner of best
film and best director for 1972), Kodiyettam,
Elippathayam, Mukhamukham, Kathapurushan
(best film of 1995) Nizhalkuthu, Anantharam.
Government of India awarded him ‘Padmasree’.
Born on 22 April
Father: Govinda Menon Mother: Ammu Amma
was one of the freedom fighters and eminent
political personality. She participated in 1942
Quit-India Movement and consequentially imprisoned.
She was member of Legislative Assembly of Madras.
She was also the Member of Parliament. She represented
India in UNESCO.
She died in 1971
Born in 1936.
P.Sachidanandan who used write with pseudonym Anand
is an illustrious novelist and short story writer.
He was the Director of P&PI Ltd. His important
novels are Allkkoottam, Marana Certificate, Abhayarthikal,
Marubhoomikal Untakunnathu. His collection of short
stories includes Veedum Thadavum, Odiyunna Kurisu,
Samvadam etc. He has also written certain essays
and critical studies on literature.
Born in 1935.
Father: M.N.Govindan Nair
G.Aravindan was an internationally celebrated film director
of Malayalam. His name was very familiar to Malayalee
as a cartoonist. His cartoon serial Cheriya Manushyarum
Valya Lokavum, which published in Mathrubhoomy weekly,
won wide popularity and portrayed social criticism.
He seldom underwent any formal education in film direction
before entering the field of film direction, yet he
bagged several national and international awards for
his films and brought much fame to the country and Malayalam
film world. Uttarayanam, Kanchana Seetha, Thambu,
Chidambaram, Oridathu, Vasthuhara etc. are some
of his best films.
Sri.C.M. Aravindakshan Nair (C.M.A. Nair)
Sri.CMA Nair is a gifted engineer and an expert in the field of management. Immediately on completion of B. Tech (Electrical) degree from IIT, Madras he joined ALIND Kerala as a Design Engineer. He has also undergone Executive Management Course in INSEAD France. At ALIND, he held different positions such as Technical Manager, Production Manager, Marketing Manager and Divisional Chief Executive of the Switchgear Division etc. He left ALIND in 1988 to join Alstom T&D, Paris, one of the leading manufacturers of electrical equipment in the world, and served the company holding different positions as Vice-President (Global Sourcing), Vice-President (Industrial Strategy). Vice-President (Quality Focus), Vice-President (Change Management). After retirement in 2003, he returned to India to be a member of the Board of Alstom T&D India, a subsidiary of Alstom France. When Alstom was sold to AREVA, another French company, he continued there as a Board Member and Audit committee Member till he resigned from the Board in 2011.
Presently, he is a Trustee Member of Kerala International Centre (KIC) Trivandrum, an organization dealing with subjects of National and International interests like Globalization effects, Energy Security, Food Security, International relations etc. His wife is Meena Devi, Professor (Retd.). Their sons Bhaskar and Madhu, both engineers, are settled in USA
on 12 September 1930.
Father: E.Naryanan Namboodiri. Mother: M. Meenakshi
It was during 1950s that Ayyappa Panicker came to the
literature field like a stream. Through his poem, Kurukshethram he brought a drastic change in the Malayalam poetic
scenario. Virtually he created a new revolution and
opened a new path for Malayalam poetry. He surprised
the poetic lovers as well as the general public.
His poems portrayed the boiling mind of the modern man
and stressed the depth of melancholy and despair. His
attempt to foster a new style of enjoyment of readers
was a great success. He influenced the modern Malayalam
theatre and on new playwrights. He is regarded
as an idol of modern culture and thoughts. His poems
and essays were compiled and published in twelve volumes.
He represented India in the International Poetry Congress
held at Yugoslavia. He obtained Doctorate degree from
Yel University of USA. He won several awards including
Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, Central Sahitya Akademi
Award for Poetry. Mahakavi Kuttamath Award, Mahakavi
Ulloor Award, Samastha Kerala Sahitya Parishath Award,
Asan Prize, Vayalar Award, and Vallathol Award. Government
of India conferred him Padmashree award for 2004. He
was the General Editor of Complete works of Shakespeare
and Associate Editor of Journal of South Asian Literature.