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Born on February 15, 1869
Father: Naryanan Embrathiri
Mother: Kochukunju Kunjamma
Azhakathu Padmanabha Kurup was a renowned scholar in Sanskrit and Malayalam, who composed the first Malayalam epic poem Ramachandravilasam. He was a Sanskrit teacher in Chavara Govt. High School, Kollam and later retired as 'Munshi' from service. He was trained in Hindi language also. He became an ardent devotee of Rama after reading Ramacharitamanasa of Tulasidas and this devotion prompted him to compose the Mahakavya of Ramachandravilasam. Ramachandravilasam is the first epic in Malayalam that strictly adheres to all the rules of composition, which has 21 sargas, 1832 slokas and 'chitrasargam'. The theme of the poem is based on Ramayana. He also made notable contributions in Aattakatha, drama, Kilippattu, Khandakavyam and Balasahityam. 'Gandharvavijayam' (Aattakatha), 'Meenakethana Charitham' (Drama), 'Prabhushakthi' (Khandakavyam), kuvalayaasweeyam' (Kilippattu) are some of his other works. He has also translated some Sanskrit classics into Malayalam. He passed away on 6th November 1931.

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 in 1931.
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 1949 at Palode
Father:Shri.P. Gangadharan Pillai
Mother:Smt. M. Saraswathy Amma
He is an Indian politician,Deputy speaker and member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly, from the Nedumangad Constituency, representing the Indian National Congress.Ravi entered politics through Kerala Students Union. In his political career he served with many reputed posts such as General Secretary of Kerala Students Union District Committee, President, Kerala Students Union, District Committee, Youth Congress, District Committee and General Secretary of Indo-Russian Friendship Society, Kerala, Trivandrum District Congress Committee, Member of Executive Committee, Rubber Board, Plantation Labour Committee, Handloom Development Corporation President, Sree Chithira Thirunal Smaraka Samithi, General Secretary of P.N. Panickar Foundation and Member of Governing Body of State & National Literacy Mission, Executive Committee of Rajaram Mohan Roy Library Foundation, Grandhasala Sangham, Vyloppilli Samskriti Bhavan, Sahithya Academy,At present he is serving as General Secretary of All India Congress Committee, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee, All India Secretary of Indian National Trade Union Congress, Chairman, ‘Samskara Sahithi’ – the arts and cultural forum of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee and Office bearer of many trade unions.The report on Malayalam as the official language of Kerala prepared by Sri Palode Ravi and other three MLS's is an epoch making one and was accepted by Government of Kerala.
Wife:S. Jayakumari
Children:One son and one daughter

Born in 1888 November
Father: Ramavarma Thampuran
Mother: Lekshmykuttyamma
N.S.Pandala was a genius who invented Malayalam types that suited for Malayalam typewriter and who developed the system of shorthand in Malayalam. Along with formal education in Thiruvananthapuram and Madras (now Chennai), Pandala had undergone short-hand and typewriting courses also. It was this study that influenced and incited him to invent Malayalam short-hand method following Pitman’s short hand system in English. At a time when more than 600 keys were required to get a Malayalam matter printed, Pandala developed a new set of keys limiting its number as below to 44 that suited for the typewriter. He had succeeded in getting these two systems approved by the Government also. He also took initiatives to get the Malayalam typewriters manufactured for the government with the help of Royal Typewriting Company of United States. He was proficient in Astrology and Ayurveda also. ‘Malayala Lipi Parishkaram’ , a book on the development of Malayalam Language printing, ‘Jyothisha Padangal’, ‘Manasasthram Adhunika Veekshanathil’, ‘Balayasreeraman’ are some of his works. He passed away in 1940.

Born on 18th April, 1868 at Kollenkode
Pandit Gopalan Nair was a sage like teacher and great scholar of Sanskrit and Malayalam. He devoted his life to the study and propagation of Sanskrit and Vedic literature. He was the Headmaster of Kollengode Rajas High School. He is best known as the translator and commentator of Sreemad Bhagavatham from Sanskrit to Malayalam. He had also written commentaries on the Brahma Sutra and other holy texts of Hinduism. He passed away on 8th May 1967.

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 on 11th September 1885 at Karunagappally
Father: Pappu Kurup
Mother: Kalyani Amma
Nanu Pillai was a poet, scholar, ascetic, critic and Kathakali artist. After completing his formal studies at the High School at Kollam, Nanu Pillai undergone studies in Sanskrit from a local scholar. Later he studied English, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, and Arabic and became a multi-linguist. Pillai became a disciple of Neelakanda Teerthapada Swami and later he followed Chattampi Swami. He was close to Narayana Guru also. composed four Kathakali attakathas - Nizhalkuttu, Bhadrakalivijayam, Padukapattabhishekam and Sankaravijayam. He also wrote Markendeyam Prakaranam, Sooryasatakam (translation), Chitrodayamani, Bhashakavyam (translation), Vimarsana Sanchika, Kathakali Prakaram (al theoretical text for Kathakali) apart from many books on spiritual topics. He translated Chattampi Swamikal's Adibhasha from Tamil to Malayalam. Pillai a social reformer and had close ties with Islam and Christian theologists. The mosque and a temple in his village at Maruthoorkulangara were established by his initiative. He also founded a village school and a Sanskrit School at Puthiyakavu. He passed away on 20 August 1942.
Born in 1918 at Kanyakumari
N. Paramasivan Nair was an iconic cop of yester years. He was popularly known as ‘Minnal (lightning) Paramasivan Nair,’ Paramasivan Nair completed his school education in the government schools at Parassala and Marthandam. Then he earned BA Hons. Degree from the St. Berchman’s College, Changanassery. He started his career as a clerk in the IG’s Office. Later he was selected as a Sub Inspector of police in 1947. He initiated the setting up of the Police Control Room in the State capital and took the lead in introducing scientific investigation methods to the State police. There were a good number of stories of his valour and courage in handling notorious criminals. He retired in 1972 as the Assistant City Police Commissioner in Thiruvananthapuram. He later worked as the chief security officer for Travancore Titanium Products as well. He passed away on 19th September 2013.
Born in 1900 at Changanassery
Parameswara Panicker was the Registrar and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the erstwhile Travancore University, who had contributed for the development of the higher education in Kerala. After obtaining post-graduate degree in English from Madras University, Panicker joined as a teacher in the Maharajas’ College at Thiruvananthapuram. When the government of Travancore decided to establish a university, Panicker was assigned to prepare its blue print. Later he was appointed as the Registrar of the University of Travancore. He was also served as its Pro-Vice Chancellor for about 5 years. After retirement from the university service, he was chosen as the administrator of the colleges under the Nair Service Society (NSS). It was during his period that many colleges have been established under the NSS management. He was also a member of the NSS director board. He passed away in 1973.
Born on November 2nd, 1903
Father: Krishna Panikkar
Mother: NarayaniAmma
P.K.Parameswaran Nair was a biographer, critic, literary historian and essayist. He was a true Gandhiyan in all respects. After passing his B.A. Degree examination from Government Arts College, he had spent two years in Government Law College, but could not complete the course. He took up many jobs like translator of the census report, clerk in Travancore Devaswom Department, sub editor of Kerala Kesari etc. In 1938, he was appointed as the publicity officer in Transport Department. His first book Napoleon and Josephine was published in 1932. He had written biographies of Sahitya Panchananan, Voltaire, C.V. Raman Pillai, Prema Gauthaman, Mahatma Gandhi and Sreekanteswaram Padmanabha Pillai. Mahatma Gandhi, Aimsayum Lokasanthiyum, Ekabharathathinte Deepasikhakal are the books that he had written based on the Gandhiyan outlook. Gandhijiyum Malayala Sahithyavum, Malayala Sahithya Charithrangal, Samakala Niroopanathinte Vythyastha Mukhangal, Malayala Niroopanam Prarambha Ghattom, Malayala Niroopanam Madhya Ghattom, Malayala Niroopanam Adhunika Ghattom, Malayala Sahithya Charithram (5 volumes), Novel Patanangal,, Kavitha Patanangal, Katha Patanangal, Nataka Patanangal, Chalachithra Patanangal, Sampoorna Malayala Sahithya Charithram, Malayala Sahithya Niroopanam, Madhyama Patanangal, Paristhithi Patanangal, P K Parameswaran Nair, Kerala Samskara Patanangal are some of his works on his studies and criticism of Malayalam literature.
Born in 1931 at Thiruvananthapuram
Father: K.Krishna Pillai
Mother: K.Thankamma
Parameswaran Nair is a veteran journalist who served as the correspondant, bureau chief and editor of the Kerala Kaumudi daily for about 35 years who witnessed all political dramas and tantrums of the state capital. Being a reporter of the proceedings of the state legislature, he was thorough about the rules and regulations of the legislative assembly. He had written a comprehensive book on the proceedings of Kerala legislative assembly titled-“Kerala Niyamasabha: Charithravum Dharmavum”. Many political scoops reported by him caused tremors in the political field. He had won special award of the Kerala Legislative Assembly for the longest serving legislative correspondent. He also won Vijayaraghavan award, Pattom Thanu Pillai award, K.C.Sebastian award, swadeshabhimani award.
Born in February 1898 at Aluva
C. I. Parameswaran Pillai was a a pioneer in the amateur theatre in Kerala. He was the first theatre person from Kerala to win the Sangeet Natak Akademi award, in 1959. He showed aptitude for acting at the very younger stage itself and had developed it in his college career when he used to take an active part in many amateur theatricals. He began his stage career by taking part in English plays and later on he took to the Malaya- lam stage by regular participation in productions. The main feature of his acting is his ability to handle any role with remarkable ease, poise and naturalness. He passed away in 1979

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 in 1890 at Neyyattinkara
G.Parameswaran Pillai was the Chief Secretary of the erstwhile Princely State of Travancore, who made significant contribution to the welfare of his mother country. Pillai started his career as an advocate. He elected to the Constituent Assembly of the Travancore for three times representing Neyyattinkara constituency. Later he had been appointed as a judge of the Travancore High Court. In 1941 Pillai was appointed as the Chief Secretary of Travancore. When C.P.Ramaswamy Iyer was appointed as a member of the Executive Council of Viceroy in 1942 Pillai was the officiating Diwan of Travancore for a while. He had attended the Round Table Conference held at London representing the Maritime Princely States of India. He also represented India in the International Summit of World Health Organisation held at Sweden in 1946. Pillai made considerable contributions to the co-operative movement also. It was he who drafted the co-operative policy of the Indian National Congress. Pillai also served as a member of the Director Board of Reserve Bank of India and a member of the State Administrative Reforms Committee. He passed away on 29th May 1964.

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 on 23rd December 1918 at Vaikom
Father: Ullilakkiru Parambil Narayana Pillai
Mother: Vaikom Thekkathil Parukkutty Amma.
N.N.Pillai (Narayana Pillai Narayana Pillai) was an Indian playwright, actor, theatre director, and orator. Dedicated to the cause of drama, Pillai has written over 30 Malayalam plays, 40 one-act plays, two theoretical studies on theater and an autobiography.
Before completing his studies, N.N.Pillai went to Malaysia in search of job. During Second World War, he took part in the campaigning for INA. He returned to Kerala in 1945 but again returned to Malaysia with his family. He stayed in Malaysia for three and a half years and came back and settled at Olassa in Kottayam district. N. N. Pillai started a drama troupe called Viswa Kerala Kala Samithi in 1952 and staged his own plays. Pillai acted in all his plays. His family includes his wife Chinnamma, sister Omana, two daughters Sulochana and Renuka and son Vijayaraghavan were also the members of the troupe. He was a strong atheist throughout his life, and he promoted his ideas through his dramas. Pillai also acted in two movies in Malayalam, Godfather and Naadody both of which were blockbuster successes. N. N. Pillai won received awards from the Government of India, Government of Kerala, Kerala Sahithya Academy, Sangeet Natak Akademi and Sahithya Pravathaka Sahakarana Samgham.
He passed away on 14th November 1995
Born on 15 April 1894
Father: Purushothaman Pillai
Dr.P.P.Pillai (Dr. P. Padmanabha Pillai) was an eminent economist and League of Nations official who served as the first director of the ILO’s India Office. After obtaining his BA and LLB from the University of Madras, he was awarded a PhD by the LSE in 1923. Pillai was the first Indian to join the League of Nations secretariat. While working in the League, he was sent to India to examine the feasibility of establishing a national League office in India. Though India was not interested in the proposal, there was concern about industrial strife and conditions of work and labour. Thus Pillai was assigned the task in creating an ILO presence in India and he was later to become the first director of the ILO’s branch office in India. He continued in the office till 1947. He was present in the Philadelphia Convention of ILO held in 1944 at a defining moment for the ILO, and played a role in the drafting the Declaration that defined the aims and purposes of the ILO. In 1947, Pillai was appointed India’s first ambassador and permanent representative to the UN on deputation. He was returned to his ILO assignment in New Delhi on 1 January 1950. He retired from the ILO on 15 April 1954. He was the Charge d’Affaires in the Indian Embassy of Paris. A prolific author, Pillai produced two books on the functioning of labour in India and a series of lectures titled, India and the International Labour Organization and Economic Conditions in India. He passed away in 1977.

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)

Father: Ramachandra Kurup
Mother: Padma Bai
Parvathy (real name is Ashwathy Kurup) is an illustrious Malayalam film actress and classical dancer. While undergoing pre-degree course at the NSS Hindu College, Changanassery, she was selected for a film by famous director Lenin Rajendran, but it was never released. She was introduced to the film industry at the age of 16 by actor-director Balachandra Menon in 1986. Subsequently, Parvathy became a popular actress in Malayalam cinema during the late-1980s and early-1990s and acted in about 70 films. Parvathy married film actor Jayaram who was her co-star in many films. After marriage, Parvathy quit acting in films.

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 31 December 1927 at Nenmara
FAther: Chathu Panikkar
Mother: Lakhsmi Amma
Vishnudevananda Saraswati was a disciple of Sivananda Saraswati, and founder of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams in India and abroad. He was a peace activist who made several "peace flights" over places of conflicts in different parts of world and hence he was popularly known as "Parakkum Swami".
Before accepting ascetic life, his name was Kuttan Nair. After matriculation, Kuttan Nair joined Corps of Engineering of Indian Army in 1944. While serving at Jalandhar, he had a chance to go through a brochure contained teachings of Swami Sivananda and attracted to the ascetic world.He visited the Ashram of Swami Sivandnada twice an expressed his desire to become his disciple. However, his parents did not allow him to do so. In 1946, he left Indian Army and joined as a school teacher in his native place. While continuing there, he was invited to attend the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Sivananda Guru's birth day. That was a turning point in his life. After having permission from his parents, Kuttan Nair went and joined Sivananda Ashrama at the Himalayas and accepted the name as Swami Visnu Devanand Saraswthy.Later, he was appointed as the first professor of hatha yoga at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy. In this capacity, he trained scores of Indian and Western students. At the same time he continued his own practice, mastering advanced hatha yoga techniques. In 1957, he was sent to the West to spread yoga. Thus he started his journey to spread yoga and peace with the blessings of his Guru, an Indian Passport and a bank note of Rs.Ten. He reached Canada and founded the first Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre there in 1959. Thereafter, he founded nine ashrams and 19 centers around the world.
Swami Vishnudevananda believed that there were no barriers, neither internal nor external. According to him, barriers were only mental constructs that had to be overcome. That’s why he began symbolic flights across national borders in trouble-bound spots around the world. In 1971, he flew in a ‘Peace Plane’ to Belfast in Northern Ireland, the first in a series of peace flights. Later he flew to the Middle East. On a peace flight over the Suez Canal during the Sinai War, Israeli military jets tried to force Swami Vishnudevananda to land, but he continued his mission unwaveringly. His message was “Man is free as a bird, overcome borders with flowers and love, not with guns and bombs.” He glided over the Berlin Wall from West to East in 1983 in an ultralight aircraft, “armed” with two bouquets of marigolds. He landed on a farm in Weissensee in East Berlin. After being interrogated by East German authorities for four hours, he was put on the metro with a cheese sandwich and sent back to West Berlin. In 1984, he conducted a peace tourin India in a double-decker bus under the motto ‘Yoga for Peace’. Swami Vishnudevananda passed away on 9th November 1993 while performing a pilgrimage for world peace and mutual understanding in Mangalore, South India.

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.
Sri. Pillai was born in Arayoor, Neyyattinkara Taluk
Popularly and affectionately known as GOC Kuttan Pillai, Maj Gen V.N. Parameswaran Pillai (Velayudhan Pillai Narayana Pillai Parameswaran Pillai) was the last GOC (General Officer Commanding) of the Travancore Nair Army. He didn't receive much of formal English education, and therefore first joined the Travancore Nair Army as a Sepoy. But through his hard work, he achieved an enviable educational background and at the same time, rose through the ranks of the army, finally becoming the GOC. His subordinates affectionately called him GOC Kuttan Pillai. He remains as the only officer from the TNA to receive the Order of the British Empire honor from the Queen. He took command in 1945 and oversaw the partial absorption of the Travancore Army in to the Indian Army. Joined the Travancore Nair Army as an ordinary soldier, he rose through the various ranks of the army, and finally became the GOC through his hard work, and dedicated service. After the unification of Travancore and Cochin forces, Trivandrum was declared as the headquarters of the unified command. Major General V.N. Parameswaran Pillai, the GOC of the Travancore Nair army became the commandant of the unified forces. The unified force was divided in to five infantry battalions (Travancore - I, II, III and IV, Cochin I). The unification took place under Major General V.N. Parameswaran Pillai of Travancore and Lt Col G.S. Subbiah of Cochin on 20th May 1949. Finally the unified Travancore-Cochin forces were either disbanded or absorbed in to the Indian Army and Major General V.N. Parameswaran Pillai was allowed to retire. He was the only officer from the Travancore Nair Army who received the honour of the “Order of the British Empire” from the Queen. He is always remembered as a resourceful soldier who was meticulous in maintaining the decorum and formalities.
Major-General V.N.Parameswaran Pillai, O.B.E., retired as G.O.C. of the former Travancore State (Kerala) Forces. Even while in service he had a deeply religious bent of mind. After sannyasa diksha in 1958, he was known as Swami Paresananda.

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.
Born in 1880
Father: Madhavan Embranthiri
Mother: Narayani
Pattikkamthodi Ravunni Menon was a dedicated doyen of Kathakali art form for almost six decades. It was he who gave birth to a new chapter in the Kalluvazhi style of Kathkali, noted for its economy of space while moving the body, well-defined hand gestures, their clinical synchronisation with the musical beats and percussion accompaniment. There is a general saying that "the modern history of Kathakali begins where the life history of Pattikkamthodi ends”. Ravunni Menon started learning the alphabets form Madathil Gopalan Nair at the age of five and as it was not possible to continue the class beyond third, he had to abandon his studies. Then he began learning Kathakali at Olappamanna Mana. Ravunni Menon’s debut performance was in 1890, at his age of 10. At the age of 18, he could present major roles with skill and understanding. In 1902 following the death of his guru, Ravunni Menon assumed the role of teacher, and taught disciples. Then he gained knowledge on ‘Natyasastra’ under Kodugalloor Mahakavi Cheriya Kochunni Thampuran and Bhagavatar Kunjunni Thampuran. In 1933 he was appointed the main teacher at Kerala Kalamandalam. He was the Chief Instructor at the Kerala Kalamandalam during the time of poet Vallathol. He passed away in 1948.

Born on 24 May 1942 at Navaikkulam
Father‎: ‎Shri P.N. Narayana Kurup
Mother: Smt. L. Bhavani Amma
He was a teacher in the Kadambattukonam High School and in 1964 he resigned and entered as an active Politician. He was an activist of the Kerala Students Union in the early 1960s.After acquiring B.L. from Law Academy, Kurup slowly climbed up the ladder and became the Thiruvananthapuram District Congress Committee president. He always maintained his loyalty to Karunakaran and left the party along with Karunakaran to form the DIC and returned to it along with him. Later, Kurup was appointed Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee vice-president. He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in the 2009 elections defeating P. Rajendran of CPI(M) by a margin of 17531 votes. He is is a crowd-puller through for his oratorical skills and is the author of two books in Malayalam, Kiranangal, a play and Sahithya Dhara, an essay anthology.He was the Director, Oil Palm India, 1982-87,Chairman, Horticulture Development Corporation, Kerala Member, Committee on Chemicals and Fertilizers

Born on 12th Decmber 1948 at Thrissur.
P.N.C. Menon (Puthan Neduvakkatt Chenthamaraksha Menon) is a billionaire businessman and the founder and Chairman of Sobha Ltd., and  Sobha LLC. He is ranked as one of the 100 billionaires of India.
 While studying at the Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur, Menon turned to the business of interior decoration without completing his education. Later, at his age of 26, he left Kerala for Oman where over the years he developed his interior decoration business into a profitable venture. In 1995, he started Sobha Ltd. in Bangalore. He also founded Sri Kurumba Educational & Charitable Trust that helps poor families and provides education to their children.
He won several awards from national as well as international forums. Pravasi Bharatiya Samman of the Government of India,  Golden Peacock Lifetime Achievement Award for Business Leadership,  Lifetime Achievement Award of NDTV,  Special Recognition for "Dedicated Service to Civil Engineering and the Construction Industry” are some of them.
Born on 4th August, 1938 at N.Parur
Dr. V.R. Prabodhachandran Nair is a linguistic expert of Malayalam language. Dr. Nair started his career as a lecturer in Malayalam department of the South Travancore Hindu College in Nagargoil. Then he served in the teaching profession in various institutions such as University of Kerala, Central University of Kerala (in Kasargod), Mahathma Gandhi University in Kottayam, Sri Sankara Sanskrit University in Kalady, and Chairman of Kerala Kalamandalam. He also served as Chair, Board of Studies in Linguistics, Dean of the Faculty of Oriental Studies; Director of the International Centre for Kerala Studies; Member of the Advisory Committee for the Oriental Research Institute and Manuscripts Library and the Department of Malayalam Lexicon, Consultant in Linguistics, C-DAC and CDiT in Thiruvananthapuram, Member, Advisory Committee of the Kutiyattam Kendra of the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, Chairman of Thunchan Smaaraka Samithi, Thiruvananthapuram, Chairman of Ezhuthachan National Academy, Thiruvananthapuram; Chairman of Editorial Board, Kilippaattu monthly, Thiruvananthapuram, Expert Member, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and Expert Member: Projects Review and Steering Group of the Department of Information Technology, Union Ministry of Human Resources Development. Vivarthhanaththinte Bhaashaasaasthrabhuumika, Svanavijnjaanam, Lookabhaashakal, Ezhuththinte katha, Malayalam Malayaaliyolam, Cherusseri , Uchchaaranam nannaavaan, Sailiibhamgika, Bhaashaasaasthradrshtiyiluute, Draavidabhaashaka, Chittappetuththiya kathhakalippadangal, Malayalam Verbal Forms, Malayalam: A Linguistic Description, Kathakali Texts in Translation, Malayalam for Beginners, Vidyarambham are his important works. He has been chosen for the first Sreshta Bhasha Award to be conferred, for his contribution to the enrichment of Malayalam language. He also won IC Chacko Award of the Kerala Sahitya Akademy, MKKNayar Award, Sakthi Thaayaatt, NV Krishna Variar Award, Smriti Puraskaaram of Keralakalamandalam
Born on 7th February, 1948 at Elappully in Palakkad
Prakash Karat is the leader of
Indian Communist movement. He was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) from 2005 to 2015.
On completion of his degree course, Prakash Karat got a scholarship to Britain's University of Edinburgh, for a master's degree in politics. At Edinburgh he became active in student politics and met Professor Victor Kiernan, the well-known Marxist historian. His political activism began with anti-apartheid protests at the university, for which he was rusticated. The rustication was suspended on good behavior. In 1970 he was awarded M.Sc. degree from the University of Edinburgh. On his return to India, he joined Jawaharlal University for Ph.D. course. There he involved with student politics and became President of the Students Federation of India in 1974 and continued as such till 1979. He went underground for one and a half years during the Emergency period during 1975-76. Karat was elected to the Central Committee of the CPI (M) in 1985 and became a member of the Polit Bureau in 1992. In 2005, he was elected General Secretary of the CPI (M). He is the author of Language and Nationality Politics in India (1972) and Subordinate Ally: The Nuclear Deal and India-US Strategic Relations and editor of A World to Win—Essays on the Communist Manifesto. swarn 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 25th May 1960
Father: N.Krihna Pillai
Mother: Maheswary Amma

N. K. Premachandran is a political leader of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and Member of Parliament from Kollam Lok Sabha constituency. He was the first rank holder of Law degree of the University of Kerala in the year 1985. He started his political career through the student organisation of RSP. During his political career he held various positions at both state and national level. He was elected as Member of the Navaikulam Grama Panchayat between 1987 and 1995. He also served as a Member of District Panchayat in 1995. He was elected to Lok Sabha for the first time in 1996 and thereafter in 1998, 2014 from Kollam Constituency. He was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2000. He was elected to Kerala legislative assembly from Chavara assembly constituency in and inducted as the minister for Water Resources in the government of Kerala. During the tenure of Cabinet Minister for Water Resources he was selected by the ‘Asianet’ for the award of “Best Minister”.


Dr. Prem Nair is a renowned Gastroenterologist and a skilled clinician par excellence. He is the Medical Director of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi.
After obtained MBBS degree from National Medical College of Bombay University, he had pursued a Doctor of Medicine (D.M.) and completed his Fellowship of American College of Physicians (F.A.C.P.) in Hepatology from the School of Medicine at University of Southern California in June 1986.
Nair joined the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences at Kochi campus of Amrita University as the Medical Director in 1998.  He also serves as the Professor at the Department of Gastroenterology at the School of Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi.
Before joining the Amrita Institute of Medical Science, he was practicing as Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Endoscopy at the Good Samaritan Hospital, California, Co-Director of Pancreatio-Biliary Institute of Southern California, Consulting Gastroenterologist of California Medical Centre.  Dr. Nair also holds the office of the President of Association of Healthcare Providers (India).



Born on 30 January 1957 at Ambalapuzha
Father: Soman Nair
Mother: Rajamma
Priyadarshan is a film director, script-writer, and producer. In a career spanning over four decades, he has directed more than 95 films in various Indian languages, predominantly in Malayalam and Hindi, while also having done a few films in Tamil and two in Telugu. On completion of his post-graduate course in Philosophy, Priyadarshan began his career in Malayalam cinema in the early 1980s and was active for the last four decades. Towards 2000s, he moved to Bollywood and remained active throughout the decade. He has done about 26 films in Hindi alone, the highest number of films done by any Bollywood director after David Dhawan. In 2013, he again shifted his focus to Malayalam cinema. Best known for his comedy films, Priyadrshan has also produced some action and thriller films. His collaboration with Mohanlal, a popular cine artist won tremendous popularity during the 1980s and 1990s. Priyadarshan has won many awards both from the State and Central government for his movies. He was also awarded Padma Sri in 2012.

PUDUSSERI RAMACHANDRAN N (Dr) Born on 23 September 1928
Father: Damodaran Pillai
Mother: Janaki Amma
Dr. Pudusseri Ramachandran is an illustrious litterateur, teacher, and scholar of Malayalam language. He was among the forerunners who revolutionalised Malayalam literature. He had an active political life during his student days and expelled from his school for participating in the Quit India Movement. Later he became an ardent follower of communist party and a leader of Students Federation. During 1951-53 period he was the secretary of the Communist Party of India Vallikunnam-Sooranad unit. On completion of his BA (Hons.), he became a college teacher. He served as a lecturer in SN College, Kollam and later in the University of Kerala. While working as the Professor and Dean of Oriental Language Faculty in the University of Kerala, he retired from service. Pudusseri was the brain behind the first World Malayalam Conference held in 1977 under the auspicious of Kerala University. It was due to Puthussery’s tireless efforts that Malayalam was finally recognised as a Classical Language by the Union Government in 2013. His poems have been consolidated and published in 11 volumes. Kerala Panineeyam, Kerala Panineeya Vimarsanam, Pracheena Malayalam, Kerala Charithrathinte Adisthhaana Reghakal are some of his important works. Puthussery has won many prestigious awards including the Ezhuthachchan Puraskaaram (2015), Fellowship of Kerala Sahithya Academi, Vallathol Award, Asan Smaraka Puraskaram, and Translation Award of Kendra Sahithya Academy. He passed away on 14th March 2020.
Born on January10, 1910
Father: Narayana Pillai
Mother: Lakshmi Amma
Puthuppally Raghavan was a political activist, journalist, scholar, writer and a rare and unique popular historian. He became involved in the Independence Movement when he was a high school student, and later involved in the various struggles and activities of the state as a full timer. In 1942 he joined Indian Communist Party and actively engaged in organizing agricultural workers. He went underground for party work but arrested in the Sooranad revolt case and punished. He was subjected to brutal torture in the jail and under treatment for a long period in the TB hospital at Nagarcoil. He withdrew from active public life with the partition of the Community Party in India in 1964. He wrote and published more than 30 books. Kerala Pathrapravathana Charithram, Ente Viplava Smaranakal, Moppasanginte Cherukathakal, Pasportillaatha Panthan, Thilakan Gopalakrishna Gokhale, R.Sugathan (Biographies) Indian Viplavathinte Ithihasam, Swadeshabhimaaniyude Pathrapravathanam – Rajavazhchayude Dhristiyil, Chorayum Kanneerum, Nair Medhavithwaththinte Pathanam (Translation of Robin Jeffri’s Decline of Nair Dominance), are his major works.

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