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Born on 17 June 1903.
Father: Kunhiraman.Mother: Paru Amma.

Sanjayan is the pseudonym of M.Ravunni Nair (M.R.Nair) who wrote satire articles stuffed with humor and social criticism. He was a Government Servant and Teacher in his early days.  Later, he turned to the field of journalism and was the editor of Kerala Pathrika, Viswaroopam and Sanjayan magazines.  The humorous yet highly critical essays on contemporary societal issues appeared in Sanjayan brought fame to him.  He was a scholar not only in Malayalam but in English and Sanskrit also. He also translated plays of Shakespeare into Malayalam. 


Born 3 June 1901.
Father: Sankara Varier. Mother: Lekshmykutty Amma.

G.Sankara Kurup was a great personality who rendered valuable contribution to the growth and development of Malayalam poetry and who created unique form of illustrated verse. The early poems of G depicted the nature, god, and soul as portrayed by Rabindranatha Tagore. In the later stages he penetrated to the field of mysticism, humanism, nationalism and internationalism. He exalted imagination and lofty thinking found its echo in all his poems.  His poems reached the varying depth of human soul. He is the first Jnanapeeth laureate of Malayalam.  He was Professor in Maharajas College, Ernakulam.  He also served as producer of All India Radio, Editor of Sahithya Parishad, Fellow of Sahithya Academy. His important works are Odakkuzhal, Innu Njan Nale Nee, Sooryakanthi, Ente veli, Siva Thandavam, Chandrakkala, Nizhalukal Neelunnu.

Died on 2 February 1978


Born on July 11, 1857.
Father: Ravunni Panicker. Mother: Parvathy Amma.

Sir Chettur Sankaran Nair was one among the early leaders of the national movement.  He was the one and only Keralite who held the position of the President of Indian National Congress.  He started career as advocate in Madras High Court. He was Syndicate Member of Madras University and member in the Commission of Malabar Janmi-kudiyan Bill. He was also served as the Advocate General and Madras High Court Judge. The British Emperor awarded the ‘Sir’ title to him. Madras University honoured him by awarding D.Lit. He died on April 22,1934.

SANKARA PILLAI K. (Cartoonist Sankar)

Born on 31 July 1902.

Sankar was a world famous and celebrated cartoonist.  He captured the appreciation of children all over the world and attracted even the rulers through his stunning cartoons. He taught the children of the whole world to think and smile. He started his career as a cartoonist in “Hindustan Times”. Later, he established “Sankar’s weekly”, which gave prominence to cartoons and caricatures. He also established a doll museum for children. He was awarded ‘Chapter of the Order of Smile’ by the children of Poland, which he regarded as the greatest award and recognition. The Government of India awarded him Padmasree, Padmabhushan and Padmavibhshan. He died in 1991.



Born on 21 Meenam 1091 (ME). Father: Padanabha Pillai. Mother: Karthyani Amma Saraswathy Amma was a  rare genius who enriched the short story during 1950s.  Her important works are Ponnumkudam, Kanatha Mathil, Kalamandiram, Pennbudhi, Vivahasammanam. She died in 1975


Born in 1956
Father: Chandran Tharoor Sashi Tharoor is the Under Secretary General in the United Nations. He joined United Nations at the age of 22. India nominated him as a candidate for election to the highest position of the United Nations, the Secretary General. It is expected that he would succeed Koffi Annan. On completion of his B.A.(Hons.) degree, he went for higher studies at the Tufts University, USA and earned two masters degree in Law and Diplomacy. He took his Ph.D. in International Affairs. Soon he was appointed as Under Secretary General of the United Nations. The University Of Puget Sound, United States also awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in International Affairs. Sashi Tharoor is an eminent litterateur too. His major works are The Great Indian Novel, India: From Midnight to the Millennium, Reasons of State, The Five-Dollar Smile & Other Stories, Show Business, Riot etc. He has written a good number of essays, articles, literary reviews etc. He is an elected Fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities. He also holds membership in the Advisory Board of the Indo-American Arts Council.


Born on 17 April 1912.
Father: Sankara Kurup. Mother: Parvathy Amma.

Thakazhy Sivasankara Pillai was world famous in the field of literature especially novels and short stories.  From the profession of an advocate, he rose to the highest position of a world famous novelist. He won the Jnapeeth award and placed himself in the forefront of all writers.  No other novels other than that of Thakazhy got so many translations to other languages.
Important novels: Randidangazhy, Chemmeen, Enipadikal, Thendyvargam, Anubhavangal Palichakal, Thottiyude Makan, Kayar. Chemmeen was translated to all Indian languages and English. The film based on Chemeen won President’s Gold Medal.He died on 10 April 1999


Born in 1899.
Father: Ponnara Govinda Pillai. Mother: Kamlakshy Amma.

Ponnara Sredhar was an ardent leader of independence struggle who played a memorable and astonishing role in the freedom movement. He was the Mayor of Thiruvananthapuram and MLA in Kerala Legislative Assembly.  He was an Advocate and eminent trade union leader. He was the founder leader of Praja Socialist Party in Kerala. He died on February 27, 1966.


Born on 11 May 1911.
Father: Kochukuttan Kartha. Mother: Nanukutty Amma.

Vyloppilly Sreedhara Menon saw truth and beauty even in small objects, which others did not care.  His poetry is a blending of though and imagination filled with feelings.  He shaped his poetry on the experiences, which he gained from various fields of life.
His important works are Mambazham, Kannikoythu, Sreerekha, Onappattukal, Vithum Kaikottum. He won several awards including Sahithya Academy Award and Nehru-Soviet Land Award.


Born on 18 December 1925.
Father: Padmanabha Menon. Mother: Alappat Narayani Amma.

Professor Sreedhara Menon is a renowned historian who is also known as the father of Kerala Gazetteers. He never compromised for the principles and ideology in which he believed. He started his career as a college Lecturer. Later, he became the Registrar of the University of Kerala.  He also served as Editor, Kerala Gazetteer. His important works are A Survey of Kerala History, Indian History, Cultural Heritage of Kerala, Kerala and Freedom struggle, Social and Cultural History of Kerala, The legacy of Kerala.



Born on July 15, 1915.

Sreekantan Nair rose to the heights through Youth League and Congress.  He was an undefeatable leader of the labour organizations. He was the founder member of Kerala Socialist Party, which was later, merged to Revolutionary Socialist Party. He was Member of Parliament for long 15 years representing Kollam constituency.  He is also noted as one of the eminent trade union leaders. He died on July 20, 1983.



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.


Dr. E. SREEDHARAN (Elattuvalappil Sreedharan)

Born on 12.6.1932. in Palghat District of Kerala.
Father : Shri K. Neelakantan Moosad
Mother : Smt. Ammalu Amma
Dr.Sreedharan is the man who “achieved the near impossible”. He graduated from Victoria College, Palghat, and then from Government Engineering College, Kakinada, in April 1953. After a small stint as Lecturer in Civil Engineering in Kerala Polytechnic, Calicut, he joined the Bombay Port Trust following which he was selected to the Indian Railway Service of Engineers. Then there was no looking back for this eminent and dynamic personality. He has executed innumerable and prestigious Railway projects. He held many key positions in the Government of India including that of CMD, Cochin Shipyard, General Manager, Western Railway and Member Engineering, Railway Board & Ex-officio Secretary to Govt. of India. After a successful stint as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Konkan Railway Corporation, he was chosen as the first Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
Dr. Sreedharan has transformed the transport scenario of India’s capital. Success and virtue - a rare combination in today's world run side by side in this “Metro Man’s” life. 
Dr. Sreedharan is the recipient of several prestigious awards, some of which include the Padma Shri in 2001, Knight of the Legion of Honour instituted by French Government, Railway Minister’s Award for restoring the Pamban Railway Bridge in just 46 days, 125 spans of which were washed away in a tidal wave in December 1963, to name a few. 
Dr. E. Sreedharan is the recipient of many prestigious Awards include Railway Minister’s Award for restoring the Pamban Railway Bridge in 1963,“S.B. Joshi Memorial Award, 1995” for excellence in bridge engineering, “FIE FOUNDATION AWARD, 1995” – for outstanding contribution in efficient implementation of Konkan Railway Project, “Most Outstanding National Bridge Award, 1995” instituted by the Indian Institute of Bridge Engineers, for the Konkan Railway,“ICI – FOSROC AWARD, 1996” for the Most Outstanding Concrete Technologist., Sir M. Vishweshwarayya Award – 1996” – from Engineers’ Forum Kolhapur for Best Engineer and Eminent Performer who has brought the Dream of Konkan Railway into reality,“Jury’s Award” for Individual Leadership by CII – Award for Excellence in Infrastructure, 2002,“Public Service Excellence Award” being given by All India Management Association, 2002,Social Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Service given by Godfrey Phillips India Limited,“Padma shri” – The National Award Knight of the Legion of Honour – “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, 2005” – by President of Republic of France,“Doctor of Science” (Honoris Causa) – 2005 by Indian Institute of Technology, “Doctor of Science” (Honoris Causa) – 2006 by Kurukshetra University , Kurukshetra (Harayana) etc.



Born in Edavam 1047 (ME) at Muvattupuzha.
Father: Neelakanta Pillai. Mother: Kalyani Amma.
Sri Neelakanta Theerthapada Swamikal was the one of the significant disciples of Sri. Chattambi Swamikal.  He was a great scholar in Sanskrit and Vedantha, notable poet and an eminent orator.  After serving a short period as a teacher, he accepted ascetic life. He wrote more than forty valuable works in Sanskrit and Malayalam, among them, Acharapadhathi, Devarchapadhathi, Brahmanjali are famous. He was the President of Paramabhattarakashramam of Ezhumattoor. Mahasamadhipeeth at Karanagappally and Neelakantavilasom Sanskrit High School at Puthiyakavu are the memorials of Swami Neelakanta Theerthapada. He attained samadhi in Karkidakom 1096 (ME).


Born on 13 Kumbhom 1052 (M.E.) at Thathamangalam in Palakkad.
Father: Kesavan Nair. Mother:Cheriyath Amma.

Ramanathan Nair was his name before he accepts ascetic life. After attending examinations in the school, Ramanathan went for Kolar in Mysore. There he worked in a gold mine for few months. He then traveled all along North India and became an ascetic and accepted name as Sadananda Swamy. After returning to his native place he started penance in the hills at Pudukotta. He established an Ashrama near Kottarakkara, now known as Sadanandapuram, in the year 1076 (ME).  He was a famous ayurvedic (siddha) physician. Samudayasasthram, Santhanaratnam, Upjasamanjari, Hindumatha Samskaram are some of his works. Swamikal left his physical body on Makaram 9, 1099 (ME).



Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri is the first and foremost monastic disciple of Her Holiness Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, popularly known as Amma (Mother) and founder of worldwide foundation of Matha Amarithananda Mayi Math.  Swamiji is the Vice-Chairman of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, and President of the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, a globally acclaimed University in India. Balagopalan was Swamji’s name before initiated to the order of Sanyasa. Swamiji first connected with Amma in 1979 and afterwards became Brahmachari Amritatma Chaitanya. In Oct 1989, Swamiji was initiated into Sanyasa and given the name Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri by Matha Amrithanandamayi Devi.
Swamiji has always been in the forefront of all the socio-humanitarian initiatives undertaken by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Swamiji is an impeccable orator and a gifted singer. Swamiji’s discourses, devotional singing and meditation sessions that spread India’s spiritual and cultural heritage attract many devotees within the country and abroad. Swamji wrote many spiritual books in addition to the biography of Her Holiness Mata Amritanandamayi Devi.
"Today Mother is pleased as she could dedicate a son for the beneficial of the world. Now that he has been given Sannyasa, he has become the son of the world”, said Matha Amarithanandaayi Devi while initiating him into Sanyasa. Swamji who comprehend the meaning of these words, is following them in its letter and spirit.



Born on 11 February 1915.
Father: Kuttan Menon. Mother: Manku Amma.

Swamy Chinmayananda was a world famous religious reformer and great orator with unequal eloquence. Balakrishna Menon was his name before initiated to the order of sanyas. He was a journalist before he became a saint. He also participated in independence struggle and imprisoned. He was initiated to the order of sanyas at Hrishikesh on 25th February 1949. He established Chinmaya Mission in 1954. The Mission runs several educational institutions and other cultural institutions. He performed Tapas (meditation) in Himalayas for 10 years. He spread India’s spiritual and cultural heritage all over world through his series of discourses and Gita Jyan Yanjas (classes on Gita).


Swami Pranavamritananda Puri  first met Mata Amritanandamayi Devi in the year 1979. He joined the asram in 1980 and is one of Amma's senior-most sanyasi disciples.  Swamiji holds a B.Sc. degree in Zoology and an M.A. in Sanskrt Literature.  In accordance with Amma's instructions, he has been teaching Sanskrt to the asram residents.  Swamiji is a featured speaker on Amrita TV, through which his erudite spiritual   discourses have reached audiences all over the world.  He has scored and written many bhajans and kirtans. A reputed singer and percussionist, he has accompanied Amma to various programs in India and abroad. Swamiji is the author of three  books: 'My Mother, My Master' (English), 'Amma nalkiya paathangal' (Malayalam) and 'Dawn of the Divine' (English).



Born on 25 May 1974 in Cherthala
Father: Sri. (Late) Manian Nair
Mother: Smt. Santhamma.

Swami Gururatnam Jnana Tapaswi is a well known spokesperson of spirituality beyond religion. He is an orator, writer, organizer, a cultural icon and the secular face of Kerala. As the Organizing Secretary of Thiruvananthapuram based Santhigiri Ashram, which was established by Navajyoti Sri Karunakara Guru, he controls the Ashram’s global operations.
Swami Gururatnam Jnana Tapaswi was as the youngest of the three children of his parents.  He completed his education in Aluva and Ernakulam.  He reached Santhigiri Ashram and became a renunciate on February 24, 2001 accepting the name Swami Gururatnam Jnana Tapswi. Since then Swami has been playing an important role in spreading Sanatana Dharma globally.  He has visited many foreign countries for the campaign of spirituality and Sanatana Dharma.
Swami used to write articles in printed and online media on different topics. He wrote ‘Nerinte Baalyam’, ‘Theranjedutha Lekhanangal’, ‘Putiya Manushyanakan’and also a compilation of Guru’s biography. The Swami plays a commendable role in making Santhigiri Ashram an international pilgrim center. He is the patron of O.V. Vijayan Foundation, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Foundation, Vayalar Ramavarma Samskarika Vedi, P. Kunjiraman Nair Foundation, G. Devarajan Master Foundation, Prem Nazir Foundation, Swasti Foundation, and National Forum for People’s Rights and Union of German Malayalee Association, etc. 



Born on 1053 Idavam 16 (1878) at Neyyattinkara.
Father: Narasimhan Potti Mother: Chakkiamma.

Swadeshabhimani Ramakrishna Pillai was the editor of the journal Swadeshabhimani. He was an eminent and courageous Journalist who used his pen as a sword. His severe criticism against nepotism and corruption through the editorials shook the rulers, which led to confiscation of the journal and press. Consequentially he was exiled from Travancore. He wrote the biography of Karl Marx. Died on 28 March 1916




Born in Septmber 1911

Sri.Sivasankara Panicker rendered valuable contributions for the progress of Nair Service Society.  He is man of many-sided personality in various fields.  As President of NSS, advocate of High Court and a learned lawyer he gave meritorious services to the community.


Born in 1892.
Sri.Kattiyattu Sivarama Panicker pledged to live and work for the uplift of Nair community forever.  He was a model teacher and an able organizer who set apart his life for the service of society. He was member of Sree Chithra State Council.He also served as NSS School Inspector and General Manager of Schools. He was also the Commission for Educational Reforms in Travancore who introduced noon-meal programme to school children. It was he who instituted ‘Vanchi Poor Fund’ for the sake of orphans. He also represented Cherthala in Sree Moolam Praja Sabha

He died on July 28, 1960




Sasidhara Kurup, known as ‘Engobi Kurup’ born and brought up in Pandalam, Kerala is the Trade and Industry Minister of Uganda.  He represents the ‘Budog’ constituency of Uganda.  He played an important role in popularising Indian culture in Uganda.


Born in 1939
Father  :M.G.Kumara Pillai Mother : Lekshmykutty Amma

Dr.P.Somasundaran is a renowned scientist in Surface and Colloid Chemistry and mineral processing, particularly on interactions among surfactants, polymers,and proteins with solid surfaces and the effect on dispersion, corrosion inhibition, enhanced oil recovery and waste treatment. Dr. Somasundaran received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Before joining Columbia University, he worked for the International Minerals and Chemical Corporation and Reynolds Industries. He was appointed as Professor in the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is the recipient of several awards like the Antoine M. Gaudin Award (1982), the Robert H. Richards Award (l987), the Arthur F. Taggart Award for best paper (1987) of AIME, "Most Distinguished Achievement in Engineering" award from The Association of Indians in America (AINA) and Asian American Higher Education Council Award etc. He is the author/editor of fifteen books and over 400 scientific publications and patents. Currently he is on the Board of the new United Engineering Foundation.



K. Sreekumaran Nair, MD, PhD, is Professor of Nutrition and Consultant in Endocrinology and Metabolism in Mayo Clinic and Foundation. He completed his MBBS from Trivandrum Medical College, Kerala, and completed his residency programmes in internal medicine and endocrinology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Auckl and University Medical Center,  New Zealand, and Charing Cross Hospital,  He further completed his endocrinology training and obtained Ph.D degree while working with Medical Research Council. Later, he joined University of Rochester as an Assistant Professor. He was the Associate Professor at the University of Vermont, where he became the Director of Clinical Research Center and acting Director of Endocrinology. In 1994, he joined Mayo Clinic as Professor of Medicine, Mayo Foundation. He received Career Achievement Award from Mayo Clinic in 1992. He is Fellow of Royal College of Physicians (London) and American College of Physicians. He was also awarded “Stockholm Honorary Lecture” of ESPEN in 1998 and Henry Christian Award of AFCR



Sankaradi was a veteran Malayalam comedian and character artiste who had over 700 Malayalam films at his credit. Sankaradi dominated the Malayalam film scene in the 1970s and 1980s as comedian along with Adoor Bhasi and Bahadur. Later, he switched to character roles. His notable films were Kaboliwallah, Godfather, Kireedom,  Chenkol etc. Before entering films, Sankaradi was active in politics. He was a member of the Congress Party, but later became a member of the undivided Communist Party of India (CPI). He left party  after the split in 1964 and concentrated in theatre and films. Sankaradi was awarded state's best character artiste award in 1969-71. He had the record of acting in more than 300 films with Prem Nazeer, the evergreen hero of Malayalam film. He remained an integral part of Malayalam cinema till his death.



Father  : Thettalil Parameswaran Pillai Mother : N. Chellamma.

T.P.Sreenivasan is the former Ambassador of India. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1967. He served as the Third Secretary in the Embassy of India, Tokyo; as the First Secretary in the Indian Mission at Thimphu, Bhutan; as the First Secretary (Political) and the Head of Chancery in the Embassy in Moscow. His appointment as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations is considered as recognition of his extraordinary talent. He has also served as Ambassador to Austria, Slovenia and the Permanent Representative to the UN. 



Born in 1942.
Sethumadhavan, who adopt his pseudonym as Sethu is a veteran novelist and short story writer.  He is the Chairman of the South Indian Bank. His important works are Vanavaasam, Ariyattha Vazhikal, Thaaliyola, Paandavapuram, etc. His short stories are Petiswapnangal, Oru Desathinte Vijayam, Kathakal, Ayalpakkam, Veluttha Kootaarangal etc


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