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.
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.
on 2 February 1978
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.
PILLAI K. (Cartoonist Sankar)
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.
AMMA, K., PALKULANGARA
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.
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
Father: Ponnara Govinda Pillai. Mother: Kamlakshy
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.
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
on 18 December 1925.
Father: Padmanabha Menon. Mother: Alappat Narayani
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.
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.
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.
in Edavam 1047 (ME) at Muvattupuzha.
Father: Neelakanta Pillai. Mother: Kalyani
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).
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).
AMRITA SWAROOPANDA PURI
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.
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
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).
SWAMI GURURETHNAM JNANA THAPASWI
Born on May 5, 1974 at Cherthala
Father: Sri.M.K.Maniyan Nair
Swami Gururethnam Jnana Thapaswi is a spiritual leader, eloquent orator, writer, and an outstanding organizer. He is the organizing secretary of the Santhigiri Ashram of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. It is he who has rendered laudable services in transforming Santhigiri Ashram into an international pilgrimage centre. With his relentless efforts, the Ashram has become as an exalted spiritual organization which superimposes all constraining considerations of religion, caste, color, creed and such other factors. Swamiji has been propagating the spiritual messages and ideologies of Navajyothi Sree Karunakara Guru in right earnest and has been taking up a number of philanthropic and humanitarian activities across the country and abroad. A constant and vibrant presence in the socio-cultural activities of Kerala, Swamiji has authored three books and used to contribute articles to various dailies and periodicals on different contemporary topics.
The year 1995 was a turning point in the life of Swamji. It was in 1995 that he met Navajyothi Sree Karunakara Guru who visited Swamiji’s house at Cherthala. Since then he has been associating with Ashram and its activities.
Apart from holding the position of the Organising Secretary of the Santhigiri Ashram, Swamiji holds many positions such as the Chairman of Santhigiri Ayurveda Medical College, Palakkad, Santhigiri Ayurveda Medical College, Santhigiri Siddha Medical College, (bothat Thiruvananthapuram), Chief Editor, Arogya Padmam, Health Magazine, Managing Editor, Siddha Vani (Net edition), Managing Editor, Santhigiri Research Journal, Executive Editor, Santhigiri Publications etc. He is also serving as the Patron of Ayurveda Medicine Manufacturing Association, KISMA (Kerala State Indian System of Medicine Self Financing Management Association) and Ayurveda Hospital Management Association.
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
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.
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.
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.
Father :M.G.Kumara Pillai Mother : Lekshmykutty
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
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
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.
: Thettalil Parameswaran Pillai Mother : N.
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.
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