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LATHIKA NAIR, PARAVUR

Born on December 8, 1946 at Paravur.
Father: N.Sankunni Pillai. Maother: P.Bhavani Amma.

Paravur Lathika Nair is a gifted Malayalam poetess who wrote several melodious poems and lyrics. By profession she was a teacher. She has also worked as Editor in the Education Department of the Government of Kerala and as a Research Officer in Sri Sankaracharya Sanskrit University. Lathika Nair is one of the prominent personalities who is contributing substantially to foster the cultural development of the capital city. She is actively participating in the activities for the uplift of women in the society. She was the convener of the NSS Vanitha Union of Thiruvananthapuram. Adithalam, Ambika, Anuranjanam, Vishukkani, Madhuram Malayalam, Karukamazha are the collections of her poems. She has also written Panchathantra (Re-told), and Rashtrasilpi (biography). She has won K.K.Govindan Memorial Award for Best poetess. She is the winner of the award instituted by the Forest & Environment Department (Government of India) for best poetry, Kanakasree award etc.   She is one of the Executive Committee Members of the Nairs Academy of Information, Research and Services (N.A.I.R.S.)

 
LEELA P.

Born in 1935 at Chittoor, Palakkad District.
Father: E.K.Kunjan Menon. Mother: Meenakshykutty Amma.

P.Leela was one of the vocal musicians of India who made a name for herself by singing exquisite songs in mellifluous voice. Her contribution to the devotional music is unforgettable. She was an eminent play back singer. She started her studies of music from her early childhood. She sung her first film song for the Tamil film Kanakam. She sung for more than 5000 songs in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarathi, Bengali and Hindi. She won the award for the best play back singer in 1969. In 1994, she was conferred Kalaimamani title by the Tamil Nadu Government. 
She died on October 30, 2005.

 
LEKSHMI N. MENON

Born on 28 March 1899
Father : M.Ramavarma Thampan Mother: Madhavi Kunjamma

Lekshmy N.Menon was always a proud of Kerala. She was an eminent personality who wrote an epic in the political, diplomatic, education and cultural fields. She was an embodiment of wisdom, maturity, idealism and dedication.  She represented India in the United Nations. She was the Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister and later hold office of the Minister for External Affairs in Pandit Nehru’s cabinet. She was also served as the Chairperson of All India Women’s Corporation. 
She died in November 1982

 
LEKSHMI, Captain

Born in 1914
Mother : Ammu Swaminathan Father : Dr.Swaminathan

Captain Lekshmy was a prominent freedom fighter.  She joined Indian National Army (INA) of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Netaji nominated here as the Commander of the Women Regiment of INA. She treated the victims of war field in the II World War. She won worldwide acclaim through her dedicated service to the nation.  She was also the cabinet member of Netaji’s temporary government formed in 1943. She contested for the Presidents election in the year 2004 against Sri.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, but she was defeated.

 
LALITHAMBIKA J.

Born on 1 January 1942.

Lalithambika is an eminent personality who captured public attention in various fields.  She expressed here abilities in the top level of bureaucracy as well as in literature.  Her writing kindled sweet and thoughtful feelings in the mind of people.  It also portrayed the evils and vices of people belonging to different walks of life. She entered in the civil service in 1966. Her record in the IAS personality test still stands as unbreakable. She was the District Collector of various districts of Kerala, Secretary to various departments of the Government, Chairperson of Agro-Industries Corporation and Rubber Board.


KUNHAN PILLAI N. Dr.

Born in 1881.

Dr.Kunhan Pillai was a selected personality in many field with profound knowledge and a stern mind. He acquired his Ph.D. in Chemistry and headed the Department of Agriculture. He attained top positions in the official hierarchy such as Revenue Commissioner, Chief Secretary and Acting Diwan. He was the President of Agriculture Section in the Indian Science Congress held in 1923.  He became the President of Nair Service Society in 1939. Died in November 1939.

KUNHIRAMAN NAI .P.

Born on 15 January 1906 at Kanhangad in Kasargode District.
Father: Kunhambu Ezhuthachan. 
Mother: Kunhamma Amma.

Mahakavi P.Kunhiraman Nair began to write poems from his very early age of twelve years and continued till his last breath. His autobiography, Kaviyude Kalpadulal (foot prints of a poet) is quite different from other autobiographies and sweet as his poetries. He worshipped nature and traveled extensively. He is a poet who forgot to live amidst his unending journey in quest of nature and poems. He is loved by many and known as a devotional poet.  Devotion, natural beauty of Kerala, temples, deities, stories of epics, rituals and customs are resembled in his poetry    His important works are Sreerama Charitham, Bhadradeepam, Thamaramala, Pookkalam, Radholsavam, Vayalkkarayil, Thamarathoni, Kaliyachan, Pookalam, Narabali, Moothamoosariyodu etc. He won Kerala Sahithya Academy Award and Central Sahithya Academy Award. 
 
He died on May 27, 1978 at Thiruvananthapuram.

KUNJAN PILLAI, SOORANAD

Born on 24 June 1911.
Father: Payikkatt Neelakanta Pillai
Mother: Karthyani Amma 

Sooranad Kunjan Pillai was a multi-lingual scholar, learned saint having command over so many languages. He contributed about 100 works in various field of literature, spiritual and physical life for more than half a century.  He was a member of Kendra Sahithya Academy and served as a member in the Indian Historical Records Commission representing Kerala. Meerut University conferred D.Lit on him. Government of India awarded Padmasree to him. 
 
He died in 1995.

KUNJAN PILLAI P.N., ELAMKULAM

Born in 1904.
Father: Krishna Kurup. 
Mother: Narayani Amma.

Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai set apart his life to enrich the field of historical research of Kerala. Through his tireless efforts the Malayalam language was greatly benefited. He was a renowned historical researcher who showed light to the dark era of history. He started his career as a College Lecturer and retired as Professor. His important works are Janmi Sambradayam Keralathil, Keralam Anchum Aarum Noottandukalil, Kerala Bhashayude Vikasa Parinamangal, Leela Thilakom (study), Unnuneeli Sandesam (study). He died in 1973.

KURUP O.N.V.

Born in 1931.
Father: O.N.Krishna Kurup. 
Mother: Lekshmykutty Amma.

O.N.V. Kurup is a veteran lyrist, illustrious poet and eminent orator.  He published his first poem at his age of 14 years. On completion of his education, he was appointed as a Lecturer in Malayalam and retired as Professor in 1986. He won several awards including Sahithya Academy Award and Vayalar Award for his poetical works. He is an ardent follower of communist and socialist philosophy. His early poems reflect the political and social revolutionary ideas. He has written lyrics for more than 100 films apart from a good number of poems. Bhoomikkoru Charama Geetham, Uppu, Ujjayyani, Nalumanipookkal, Chooroonu are a very few to mention.

 
KUTTAMATH  KUNHIRAMA KURUP

Born in 1880.
Father: Vandatt Udaya Varman Unnithiri. 
Mother was Kuttamath Devakiyamma.

Kuttamath Kunhirama Kurup was a great poet and veteran freedom fighter. Kuttamath was a teacher of Neeleswaram Rajas High school. He entered the freedom struggle as a follower of Kalappaji. He authored many musical dramas.  Devayani Charitham, Vidya Sankha, Dhwani Baala, Gopala Atbudha Paarana Harichandran,  Dhroova Madhavam Nachikethas,  Draupadi Keechakam , Rugmini Swayamvaram are some of them

KUTTIKRISHNAN P.C. (UROOB)

Born in 1915 at Ponnani in Malappuram District.
Father: Vazhappally Karunakara Menon. 
Mother: Chalappurathu Parukutty Amma.

P.C.Kuttikrishnan, is known by the pen name Uroob. He was a celebrated novelist and won wide acclaim. He changed the outlook of the Malayalam literature with his magical words and superb ability.  He had a place in the minds of the ordinary people of Kerala. He was the editor of Mangalodayam, Kumkuman, Malayala Manorama Weekly. He won Sakthi award, Kerala and Kendra Sahithya Academy Awards. Important Works: Ummachu, Sundarikalum Sundaranmarum, Aniyara, Mindapennu. 
 
He died on 10 July 1979

KUTTIMALU AMMA A.V.

Born on 23 April 1905.
Father: Govinda Menon. 
Mother: Ammu Amma.

Kuttimalu Amma was a lone adventuress who gave courageous leadership in Malabar area during the independence struggle. She had undergone several severe sufferings.  Her life enthralled the freedom fighters of those days. She became Member of Legislative Assembly. She was AICC member, Director, Mathrubhumi publications, President of Malabar Hindi Prachar Sabha. 
 
Died on 14 April 1985

KUTTYKUNJU THANKACHY

Born in 1820.

Kuttykunju Thankacy was a notable poetess who enriched Malayalam through her valuable contributions in the field of Thiruvathira songs, ‘Kurathypattu’, ‘Unjalpattu’, bhajans etc. She was the daughter of famous poet Irayimman Thampi. Hre important works are Swargavathil Ekadashy, Ekadashy Mahatmyam, Gangasnanam, Anjathavasam, Naradamohanam, Seetha Swayamvaram, Kiratham, Nalacharitham.
 
She died in 1914.
 
 
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