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Born in October 1857.
Father: Diwan Peshkar Sankunny Menon. Mother: Parvathy Amma.

K.P. Padmanabha Menon was the son of Diwan Peshkar Sankunni Menon who for the first time attempted to write the history of Travancore. Through his work Kerala Charithram (History of Kerala), Padmanabha Menon surpassed the talents of his father.  Padmanabha Menon was an eminent Advocate, Judge and Historian.  He also wrote Kochi Rajya Charithram (History of Cochin).  He was also the Advocate General of Madras Government and member of Marumakkathayam Committee. He died on 1 May 1919.


Born on November 27, 1864 at Thiruvananthapuram.
Father: Narayana Pillai 
Mother Aanantha Pillai Lekshmy Pillai.

Sreekanteswaram Padmanabha Pillai is the author of Sabdatharavali, the first authoritative dictionary in Malayalam.  An authentic Shabdakosham was not available in Malayalam till the preparation of the elaborate dictionary named Sabdatharavali. The contribution of Sreekanteswaram will be remembered forever.


Born in 1931.

T.Padmanabhan is an accomplished author and short story writer. He has written a number of short stories, which have a special beauty and attractiveness. He was the Estate Manager of the FACT, Cochin. His important works are Prakaasam parathunna penkutti, Oru kathakrithu kurisil, Makhan Singhinte Maranam, T. Padmanabhante Theranjetutha kathakal, Saakshi, Harison Sayvinte Naaya, Veetu Nashtappetta Kutti Gouri etc.


Born on 23 May 1945.
Father : Anantha Padmnabha Pillai Mother : Devaki Amma.

P.Padmarajan was a Novelist, Malayalam Film Director and Script Writer. He started his career as a programme announcer and remained there till1986. He retired voluntarily when he began writing scripts to the films. His stories deal with violence, romance, mystery, passion and jealousy, anarchism. All stories written by him are the best ones in Malayalam literature. His very first novel Nakshathrangalaey kaaval won the Kerala Sahithya Academy award.



Father : Thankappan Pillai Mother : Saraswathy Amma

Padmini is a blessed dancer and actress.  She excelled herself in many different styles of dance from Bharatnatyam to Western. She has acted and danced in more than 250 films. She was a top star not only in Bollywood but also in four other Indian regional language films - Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu. She was trained classical dance under Guru Gopinath. She made her film debut when she was at her age of 17, in Uday Shankar's "Kalpana". She had a film career that spanned over 40 years.


Born in 1911.

Father: Madhava Menon. Mother:Narayani Amma.

K.C.S. Panicker was a veteran visual artist.  He had inborn abilities in the field of drawing and each of his work were always different and quite modern. He had done his first work at the age of 12 years. He was the Principal, Fine Arts School, Chennai and he established “Kalakendra” at Chennai.  He was a Member Lalithakala Academy and won several national level awards. He died in January 1977.


Born on 3 June 1895.

Sardar K.M.Panicker was a distinguished diplomat, author and historian. He published more than 50 works. He was Indian Ambassador to China, France and Egypt. He was also the Vice-Chancellor of Mysore University. He was the Member of the State Re-organization Committee immediately after independence. He founded the daily, ‘Hindustan Times’ in 1925. He died on 10 December 1963.


Born on 3 March 1909.
Father: Govinda Pillai. 
Mother: Janaky Amma.
Sri.P.N.Panicker was the life and soul of the father of literacy movement in Kerala. The Grandhasala programme, which developed and spread throughout Kerala with the active involvement of people, was an outcome of the relentless efforts of Sri.P.N.Panicker.
He died on 19th June 1995


Born in 1877.
Father: Vazhappilly Narayana Pillai.Mother: Narayani Amma.

Changanassery Parameswaran Pillai played an important role in the political history of Travancore and attained a high position through his tireless work and efforts.  He played crucial role in getting Nair Regulation Act passed by the Travancore Assembly. He participated in Vaikom Sathyagraha.  He was also the president of Harijan Seva Sangh, Kerala Karshaka Sangh etc. He was also the President of Nair Service Society.  The success of his struggles was a source of inspiration to all. He died on Midhunam 17, 1115 (ME) (AD 1935)


Born on February 2, 1863.

Even before forming the idea of national feeling among he rulers of India, Barister G.P.Pillai shook the British Empire through his powerful writings.  His career for 39 years was eventful and lasting for many years.  He did many great deeds during his short life span. He was an eminent Journalist and Advocate. He fought against the autocratic rule of Diwan of Travancore and thus became a sour to the eyes of authorities. He wrote innumerable articles mainly criticizing the authorities.  “Represent India” is his famous work. He also wrote a book entitled “Indian National Congress Men”. 
He died on October 21, 1903.


Born in 1948 in Myanmar.

Prakash Karat was elected as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on the 11th of April; 2005.Karat was attracted to the Left movement in the 1960s while he was a student in the Madras Christian College. Later he to the University of Edinburgh for his higher studies. There he participated against the apartheid policy of authorities and dismissed from the college, but taken back on good manners. At Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, he founded the Students Federation of India and joined the CPI (M) in 1970. Karat went underground for one-and-a-half-years during the Emergency. He was elected to the party Central Committee in 1985 and the politburo in 1992. He married Brinda a social activist and his party colleague.He is a member of famous Karat family at Palakkad belonging to Karat Achutha Menon who wrote Viruthan Sanku, a famous Malayalam Novel.


Born in Makaram 24, 1060 (ME) (1885 AD)
Took Post-graduation in Medicine from Edinburgh University. Started career in Indian Medical Service. He was elected as NSS President.

Died in April 19, 1963


Born in Vrichikam 15, 1059(ME) (1884 AD)
Father : Govinda Pillai 
Mother : Easwari Amma

Sri.Prameswaran Pillai was an active social worker.  He was a talented journalist and editor. He established Sree Rama Vilasom Press at Kollam.  He was the Editor and Publisher of Malayala Rajyam weekly and daily.  He was also the President of NSS.

He died on 1123 (ME) (1949 AD)


Born on March 20, 1911.

Sri.Parameswaran Pillai was a respected personality who rendered valuable service to the society in his capacity as General Secretary of NSS (from 1962 onwards) and Member of Legislative Assembly (1954).

He died on May 26, 2002.


Born 1872 (ME 1045 Meenam 4) 
Mother : Kalyani Amma.

Sri. Paramu Pillai was the first M.A. degree holder in Travancore and hence known as M.A.Paramu Pillai. He was English Professor and active worker of Nair Brithyajana Sangh. It was he proposed the name “Nair Service Society”. He was a great leader who had place in the mind of the lovers of community. He worked hand-in-hand with Mannam for the progress and uplift of the community.

Died on 1094 Tulam 16 (1919 AD)

PADMANABHA MENON, Kanakath, Varakavi

Born on 2 Medom 1055 (ME)
Father: Ittikkaran Nair 
Mother: Iymu Amma

Varakavi Kanakath Padmanabha Menon was a blessed personality who concentrated in bringing changes and reformations in the society.  He fought to eradicate the evil practices like “kettukalyanam” prevalent in the Nair community. His important works are Kavanamala, Thenari Theerthayathra, Kettukalyanam, Ente Gurunathan.

He died on 18 September 1961.


Born on 3 Kumbhom 1072 (ME)

Kalady Parameswaran Pillai was a famous Ayurveda Physician of the past generation. He also established his hold in the Malayalam drama as a respected actor. He was the Principal of Government Ayruveda College, Thiruvanathapuram.  He was also the honorary Physician of Dr.S.Radhakrishnan, former President of India. He was also the President of Ayruveda Mandalam.
He died in 1151 (ME)


Kumarakom Parameswarn Pillai is a famous ayurveda physician. He was the Principal, Government Ayurveda College, Thiruvananthapuram.  He established Dhanwanthari Matom at Thiruvananthapuram.
He was one of the Chief Physicians to the Prime Minister of India.


Born on 18 November 1875
Father : Pappunni Pillai

Nanthyarveetil Parameswaran Pillai was a pandit, critic and model teacher. The writings of Kumaran Asan were read first by Nanthyarveetil Parameswaran Pillai before publication.  Kumaran Asan had recorded in his works that he was always ready to incorporate the sugguestions pointed out
by Parameswaran Pillai. He was the assistant of famous poet A.R.Raja Raja Varma while he was working as a teacher in the Royal College of Thiruvananthapuram.

He died in 1943.
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