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Born in 1912.
Father: Unnickakam Vettil K.G.Velupillai.

Sri.V.Gangadharan was a veteran freedom fighter.  He was the Manager and Editor of Malayala Rajyam daily/weekly. He was elected as a member of Travancore Legislative Assembly from Quilon-Kottarakkara constituency and the Speaker of Legislative Assembly.  He visited Russia, Checkoslovakia, Finland etc. He became the General Secretary of Nair Service Society after Mannam relinquished charge. Important works: Indian Parliament, Gramaswaraj.


Born on 10 May 1902.
Father: Padmanabha Kurup. 
Mother: Lekshmy Kunjamma.

Vennikkulam Gopala Kurup followed the footprints of Vallathol and enriched Malayalam poetry. His poems depicted the vision of Bharathavarsha, the spiritual divinity and fragrance.  These special features made him great. He translated Subramania Bharathi’s work from Tamil to Malayalam.  He won Sahithya Academy Award for his contributions. His important works are Kama surabhi, Swarna sadhya, Swarajya geetha. He was awarded D.Lit. by the Kanpur University. He died on 20 August 1980.


Born in 1929.
Father: Narayana Kaimal.
Mother: Gourikutty Amma.

Kidangoor Gopalakrishna Pillai was an expert administrator, an experienced and able organizer, great orator with unequal eloquence and leader of the community. He was an eminent Advocate who started practice since 1954. He was elected as the General Secretary of NSS in 1967and continued in the office for four terms consecutively. The period is considered as the golden era of NSS.

He was also served as the Member of Senate and Syndicate of Kerala University. He was nominated as Member of Guruvayoor Devaswam Management Committee. He was elected as the president of All Kerala Private College Management Association. He was the founder leader of National Democratic Party (NDP).  As a recognition for his talents he was appointed as the Indian High-Commissioner to Singapore. He died in 1995.


Born in July 1904 at Kannur.
Father: Rairu Nambiar.

A.K.Gopalan, known as AKG was a national leader who was loved by the people all over India.  He maintained close relations with other political parties also.  AKG was a great man loved and respected by people belonging to different walks of life. He was one of the leaders of freedom movement. He joined Congress in 1927. He led Hunger Jatha against Madres Government in 1937. He was subjected to imprisonment for 16 years. Later he became one of the prominent leaders of the Communist Party of India. He stood with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) when Communist Party splitted.. AKG was the Member of Parliament from 1952 to 1977 and he was the Leader of Opposition in Parliament for several years. He was the volunteer captain of Guruvayoor Sathyagraha. He led innumerable struggles against Central Government as well as State Government for getting the just and legitimate rights of the common man protected. He always stood for the uplift of poor and down trodden of the society. He died on March 21, 1977.



Born on 3rd August 1899 Poonjar
Father: Father: Attukal Cherukara Sankaran Pandala
Mother: Kunjulekshmy Amma

Govinda Menon was the President of Nair Service Society from 1947 to 1952 consequent on the arrest of Mannam (who was the President of the NSS) for his participation in the freedom struggle. Though C.P.Ramaswamy Iyer, the then Dewan of Travancore persuaded Menon to pass a resolution by the N.S.S. supporting the establishment of independent state of Travancore and to accept a high position in the judiciary, he declined the offer and stood firmly against the idea of Dewan, He played a significant role in building up the educational institutions under the NSS management.

Govinda Menon started his career as an Advocate in 1924. From 1925 onwards he associated with the N.S.S. He served as the President of Muttambalam NSS Karayogam and Kottayam Taluk NSS Union. In 1934 he was appointed as Government Pleader and retired as District Government Pleader in 1959. He also served as the President of Kottayam Bar Association, Kottayam Co-operative Bank, Kottayam Co-operative Union, Pournami Seva Sanghom, Kurichi Athurasramom Trust and Homeo Medical College, Iranjaal Devi Temple Trust etc.

He passed away on 28th June 1977


Born in 1849 (ME 1024 Meenom 30).
Father: Attukal Cherukara Sankaran Pandala
Mother: Kalyani Amma.

Sri.Attukal Govinda Pillai was the second person who obtained BA degree holder of Travancore. He was District Judge, Peshkar, Law College Professor and High Court Judge. It was he who passed strong judgment on the matrilineal committee report of the Nair Regulation. He voiced and tried hard for revising the Nair Regulation Act.  The British Government awarded him the title “Diwan Bahadur”. He was President of Keraleeya Nair Samajam and Malayali Sabha. He started a school exclusively for boys belonging to Scheduled Caste. He had written about 20 books and translated Sakunthalam, Geethanjali, and plays of Sheksphere to Malayalam. He died in 1925.


Born on 23 December 1906.
Father: Krishna Kurup. 
Mother: Kunhikutty Amma.

Idasseri is poet who uses rustic images beautifully in his works. His younger days were of poverty and hence he was constrained to accept the job of an Advocate’s Clerk. Idasseri started writing poems at the early age of twelve. One of his best works is Poothappaattu, which connects the strange and the ordinary with finesse and loveliness. His other important works are Bimbisarante Idayan,  Orupidi Nellikka, Kavile Pattu. He won Kerala Sahitya Academy Award in 1969 and 1970.

Died on 14 October 1974


Born on December 10, 1910 at Pandalam.
Father: E.R.Narayanan Nair

M.N.Govindan Nair was one of the famous personalities who rose to the central leadership of the Communist Party of India.  He captured public attention through his selfless services in the capacity of the Secretary of Communist Party in Kerala, Member of Parliament and as a minister of Kerala. His scheme for providing one-lakh homes for poor was an example of his administrative expertise.  He set apart his life for the communist party and excelled himself as an expert organizer and restless worker.  He was also a Gandhian in every inch and associated himself with the work connected with the uplift of oppressed class. He fought against the corruption and atrocities in society.  He died in 1984.


Born in 1919 at Ponnani (Malappuram District).

M. Govindan was a post-communist thinker and writer - an illustrious poet and short story writer (stories like Sarppom, Raniyde Patti are famous). He was also known as the leader of neo-humanist movement in Malayalam and an ardent follower of M.N.Roy. He served as the Information Officer to the Government of Tamil Nadu (erstwhile Madras). He was the editor of Sameeksha, a journal that paved way to newer and radical thoughts. He also served as member of film censor board and several cultural organisations of the Government of India.  Communisathil Ninnum Munottu, Nee Manushyane Kollaruthu, Gnana Snanam are some of his major works.


Born on 22 August 1919 at Kayamkulam.
Father: P. Sankara Pillai. 
Mother: Sankari Amma.

Professor S.Guptan Nair was a person worthy of worship among the men of letters. He was a renowned literary critic, notable teacher, famous orator and blessed writer.  He possessed an extraordinary ability to speak fluently on any subject.  He excelled in classical music and in playing table tennis too. He won several awards for literature criticism.  He started his career as Lecturer. He was the Editor of Grandhalokam, a journal published by the Kerala Government and the editor of Malayali. Prof.Guptan Nair won the Ezhuthachan award instituted by the Government of Kerala. 
He died on February 6, 2006.


Born in 1883.
Father: Thoppil Parameswaran Pillai. 
Mother: Parvathy Amma.

Guru Chengannur Raman Pillai was a great preceptor of Kath Kali dance form and a king without crown in Kath Kali empire who shined in the field for more than six decades. He taught many students to perform Kath Kali dance and won several awards. He died in 1980.


Born on 24 July 1908.
Father: Sankara Pillai.
 Mother: Madhaviamma.

Guru Gopinath propagated the special features of Kath Kali though out Kerala and made this art form more shining and lively.  He was a talented dancer and Kath Kali artist. He was the founder of Kerala Natanam, a new dance form. He established Viswakalakendram in Thiruvananthapuram. Famous dancers and cine artists Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini were his disciples. He won the award of Sangeetha Nataka Academy.  He is a talented writer also. His important works are Classical Dance, Kathakali Natanam, Abhinayamkuram, Abhinaya Prakashika.  
He died on 9 October 1987.


Born in 1881.

Guru Kunchukkurup was one of the renowned Kathakali artists who excelled himself as a performer and as a teacher, who adorned the status of a ‘Guru’ in the field of Kath Kali. He served as a teacher in Kerala Kalamandalam for several years.  He was fortunate to be the ‘Guru’ of dancers and actors who won national and international laurels including Smt. Mrinalini Sarabai, the internationally renowned dancer.  He won medal from the President of India. He was well versed in both the schools (southern and northern) of Kathakali. Government of India conferred Padmabhooshan award to him. He was a great performer of almost all types of Kath kali characters like Paccha, Kathi and Minukku. The most famous character performed by him was Nala. Mahaabali, Ravana, Keechaka and Arjuna were some of the famous characters performed by him. 
He died in 1973.
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