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Born on 30th March 1963
Father:Sreedharan Nair
Mother:Vijayalakshmi Amma
Saikumar, is an actor who appears in Malayalam films. Saikumar started his career in theatre. He was offered the lead role in the film Swathi Thirunal, but it was later done by Anant Nag. Saikumar debuted in cinema in the 1977 film Vidarunna Mottukal as a child artist. He started his career with comedy roles, and gradually moved to character roles. So far, he had acted in more than 250 films. He won the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actor for his performance in the 2007.



Born on 15th March 1977
Father: K. Unnikrishnan
Mother:  Dhanalakshmi
Sandeep Unnikrishnan was an Indian Army officer serving in the Special Action Group of the National Security Guards. He was martyred in action during the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. He was consequently awarded the Ashoka Chakra, India's highest peacetime gallantry award, on 26 January 2009.
After graduating in 1995, Sandeep joined the National Defence Academy. He was commissioned as a lieutenant to the Infantry. After serving the Indian Army in different locations in Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan during counter insurgencies for two terms, he was selected to join the National Security Guards. On completion of training, he was assigned to the Special Action Group (SAG) of NSG and participated in various operations of the NSG. He opted for the NSG commando service which he joined on deputation in 2006. On 26 November 2008, several iconic buildings in South Mumbai were attacked by militant groups. One of the buildings where hostages were held was the 100-year-old Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Sandeep Unnikrishnan was the team commander of 51 Special Action Group deployed in the operation at the hotel to rescue the hostages. In the encounter that followed, he was shot from the back, and he later succumbed to his injuries.



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 on 15th October 1932
Father: A.SankaranNair
Mother: K.Lekshmi Amma

K.Sankaranarayanan is a veteran Congress leader, former minister of Kerala, and former Governor of Maharashtra, Nagaland and Jharkhand. He entered politics while a student, and had been an active member of the Students Organisation since 1946. He was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1977 (from Thrithala constituency) in 1980 (from Sreekrishnapuram constituency) in 1987 (from Ottappalam constituecncy) and in 2001 (from Palghat constituency), From 11.04.1977 to 25.4.1977 he handled the portfolios of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development and Community Development, in the Ministry headed by K.Karunakaran. From 27.4.1977 to 27.10.1978, he handled the same portfolios in the Ministry headed by A.K.Antony. Again from 26.5.2001 to 29.8.2004, he was the Minister for Finance in the Ministry headed by A.K.Antony. He held the portfolios of Excise as well, till 10.2.2004. He was the Governor of Nagaland from 3rd February 2007 to 27th July 2009. From 28th July 2009 to 21st January 2010 he served as the Governor of Jharkhand. On 22nd January 2010, he was appointed as the Governor of Maharashtra and continued in his office till 24th August 2014. He also held additional charge of Governors of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.


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.




Born on 2nd December 1947.
Father: Kelu Nair
Mother: Makkam Amma

P. Sankaran was a lawyer, senior Congress leader, a trade unionist, and former minister of Kerala. He entered politics in his early teens, and had actively participated in students agitations since 1959.He was the Vice-Chairman of Calicut University Union during 1973-74 and was the first Student Syndicate Member of Calicut University during 1975-76. He had actively participated in NCC, Scouts, Bharat Sevak Samaj and Seva Dal. Sankaran was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly KLA from Quilandy constituency in 2001. He was inducted to the Ministry headed by K.Karunakaram and handled the portfolio of Health. He was elected to the Loksabha from Kozhikode constituency in 1988. He also served as the President, Kozhikode District Youth Congress Committee, and President of the Kozhikode District Congress Committee. He also served as the Director Board Member of Public Undertakings such as Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (Bangalore), Command Area Development Authority, Oushadhi and Plantation Corporation of Kerala Limited. He passed away on 25th February 2020.



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.


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.



Sankunni Menon was Dewan Peshkar of the erstwhile state of Travancore who spurned the offers of high offices to write the monumental History of Travancore , while his son Padmanabha Menon was a leading advocate who gave up his profession to write two seminal historical works— History of Kerala (4 volumes) and History of Cochin.Sankunni Menon’s work was first published in 1878. It focused attention on a hitherto unknown chapter in the country’s history. It traces the history of Travancore elaborately from ancient times to the closing years of the 19th century. It was re-published in 1983. A Malayalam translation of this work was published in 1973.


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





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.



Sashi Kumar is a veteran media personality and founder of Asianet, India’s first regional satellite TV channel. And Chairman of Asian College of Journalism. He was the first West Asia correspondent of ‘The Hindu’ in the mid eighties.
After obtaining a Post-graduate degree in History, Sasikumar started his career in Dooradharshan as a newsreader and producer. Later he worked in PTI-TV as chief producer and general manager of PTI. He authored and presented independent programs on the economy, politics and culture on Indian television like Money Matters, Tana Bana and Jan Manch. He also served as a Member, Empowered Committee on Information, Communication & Technology, Member, India Director on the Board of Real News, and Member of the Anjuman (court) of the Jamia Millia Islamia University, and Chairman, Asian College of Journalism. Sashi Kumar is a well known film maker as well. He scripted and directed Kaya Taran (Chrysalis) in Hindi based on the story "When Big Trees Fall" by writer N. S. Madhavan. The film won him the G. Aravindan award as the best debut filmmaker of 2004. He acted in Malayalam movies, Iniyum Marichittillatha Nammal, Balyakalasakhi, Loudspeaker, Ennu Ninte Moideen and Love 24x7


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 29 April 1965 in Mekkunnu near Chokli, Kannur district
Father: Vatta Parambath Gopalan Nair
Mother: Narayani Amma. Vatta Parambath Sathyan (29 April 1965 – 18 July 2006), popularly known as V. P. Sathyan, was a former Indian professional footballer who played the centre back position. He was the captain of the India national football team from 1991 to 1995. He was named the 1995 All India Football Federation (AIFF) player of the year.Sathyan started his career in 1983 representing Kerala in the Santosh Trophy National Championship. He attended the South Zone camp for Indian probables under Amar Bahadur in 1985. Strongly built and a capable defender, he joined the national team going to the 1985 SAF Games in Dhaka. By 1986, he had represented the country in the Nehru Cup in Thiruvananthapuram and in the Seoul Asian Games.Sathyan was a key member of the Kerala Police Football team which won the Federation Cup twice, in 1989–90 and in 1990–91. He went from the Kerala Police team to Kolkata in 1991, where he played for two seasons, one in Mohammedan Sporting Club and one in Mohun Bagan before returning to the Kerala Police again and then moving to Indian Bank in 1996. Sathyan served first as a player from 1995 to 2001 and then as the team's coach.In 1991, Sathyan became the captain of the Indian team for the World Cup qualifiers in Beirut and Seoul. He led the Indian team to a gold medal in the 1995 SAF Games in Chennai.[5] He also led Kerala to the Santosh Trophy title in 1992.Sathyan was the AIFF player of the year in 1995. As a coach, he was an assistant to Stephen Constantine in 2002 when India toured South Korea.
He was married to Anitha and had a daughter, Athira. Suffering from depression, he committed suicide by jumping on to an oncoming train in Chennai on 18 July 2006.


Born 22 May 1957
Father: Madhavan Nambiar
Mother: Shanthakumari
Seema (original name Shanthi) is a film and TV acreess. is an Indian film and television actress.[1] She has performed in approximately 300 films so far in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and . She began her career in Tamil film at the age of 14 as a dancer. She debuted as an actress in director Lisa Baby's Nizhale Nee Sakshi, but this film was shelved. (It was later completed with Vidhubala as heroine). At the age of 19, Seema starred as the heroine in her first movie in Malayalam titled Avalude Ravukal , directed by I. V. Sasi, who later married her. Seema won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress in 1984 and in 1985.



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


Born in 1970
Shobana Chandrakumar Pillai,  better known as Shobana, is a leading actress and bharatanatyam dancer. She is the niece of the famous Travancore sisters – Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini, all of whom were classical Indian dancers and actresses.  She acts in Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada and English language films. Shobana was trained under the Bharata Natyam dancers Chitra Visweswaran and Padma Subrahmanyam. She emerged as an independent performer and choreographer in her twenties. Shobana made her debut as a child artist in the Bollywood film Amar Prem in 1972. She was introduced to the film industry through the film April 18, in the year 1984. She has won two National Film Awards, one Kerala State Film Awards and numerous other awards. In 2014, the Kerala State Government honoured her with the Kala Ratna Award. In 2019, she was bestowed an honorary doctorate from Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute. Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri for her contributions towards the arts. Shobana founded a school for classical dance Bharata Natyam in Chennai – Kalarpana.


Born on 7th November 1960
Father: O. Rajagopal (BJP leader)
Mother: Santhakumari.

Shyamaprasad is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for directing artistic and meaningful films which have earned appreciation in Malayalam cinema. After completing his degree in Theatre Arts from the School of Drama and Fine Arts, Thrissur, Shyamaprasad had undergone the fellowship of the Commonwealth Scholarship in 1989 and did his Master in Media Production at the Hull University, England. There, he worked as an intern at the BBC and Channel 4, to Indian television and redefined the parameters of tele-films and documentaries in Malayalam Television with Doordarshan. His features for TV and cinema have won him several national and state awards. Hs films Agnisakshi and Akale had been adjudged the best regional cinema films of the nation in 1998 and 2004 and received nine state awards in all major technical categories including for Best Director. For television, he has adapted the works of world famous litterateurs. He was awarded the Best Television Director prize for the year 1993, 1994 and 1996. He won award for the Best Director prize of the Kerala State for 5 times. Shyamaprasad had been invited to serve twice as the jury of the National Film Awards.


Born on 14th June 1932 at Mannarghat
Father: V.K.S.Panicker
T. Sivadasa Menon is a teacher turned political leader, and a former minister of Kerala. Menon started his career as a teacher in the KTM High School, Mannarghat and later became its Head Master. He has been actively involved in organising teachers’ unions, and after holding important positions in this field, he rose to the position of a prominent leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). Sivadasa Menon became elected to Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1987, 1991 and in 1996 as a CPI(M) candidate from Malampuzha Constituency. He was the Minister for Electricity and Rural Development from 02.04.1987 to 17.06.1991 and as the Minister for Finance from 20.05.1996 to 13.05.2001, in the E.K.Nayanar Ministry. He was the founder member of the Private High School Teachers’ Union in Malabar in 1958. He also served as the Malabar Regional President of the Kerala Private Teachers’ Federationr, and General Secretary, Kerala Private Teachers’ Union (KPTU) from 1975 to1980. He has also been the Secretary, CPI (M), Palakkad District committee and Member, CPI (M) State Secretariat. Menon has also served as the Member of the Calicut University Syndicate for eight years.


Born on 30th May 1960 at Amaravila
Father: K.V. Sadasivan Nair
Mother:  B. Subhadra Amma

V.S.Sivakumar is an advocate, social and political leader. He started his political career as an activist of the Kerala Students Union and rose through the Youth Congress he became the State Executive Member of K.S.U.; Chairman, College Union, V.T.M.N.S.S College, Dhanuvachapuram President, District Youth Congress, Thiruvananthapuram (1993-2000); Member, K.P.C.C. and A.I.C.C. (since 1999). He was elected to the Loksabha from Thiruvananthapuram Constituency in 1999.  He was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly in 2011 and inducted as the Minister for Transport and Devaswom (23-5-2011 to 11-4-2012) and Minister for Health, Family Welfare and Devaswoms (12-4-2012 to 25-5-2016) in the ministry of Oommen Chandy. He has been elected again to the Kerala Legislative Assembly in the elections of 2016 from Thiruvananthapuram constitutency.


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 July 1963 at Thuravoor
Father: Sreedhara Panicker
Mother: Thankamma

S.Somanath is the Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC). Somanath did his schooling at St. Augustine's High School, Aroor. He completed his Pre Degree from the Maharaja's College, Ernakulam and graduated in mechanical engineering from the TKM College of Engineering, Kollam. In 1985, he joined the VSSC as a scientist. Later, he did his Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore with specialization in Dynamics and Control. At the ISRO, he has been associated with the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Project during its initial phase. He became the Associate Director (Projects) of the VSSC and also the Project Director of the GSLV Mk-III launch vehicle in 2010. He was also the Deputy Director of Propulsion and Space Ordinance Entity till November 2014. In June 2015, he took over as Director of the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) at Valiamala, Thiruvananthapuram, and served there until January 2018.



Born on 28 October 1941 at Thiruvalla
Father: Govinda Panicker
Mother:and P. K. Bhavani Amma
M. G. Soman (Somashekharan Nair) was an inborn artist and one among the leading actors in Malayalam cinema during the late 70's and early 80's and who had acted as heroes, supporting characters, villains, comedians in more than 300 films. Right from his boyhood he has showed his artistic talents. While studying at seventh grade he started a drama troupe with his friends and performed drama Manaltharikal Garjikkunnu. On completion his education, he joined Indian Air Force. Soon after retiring from the Indian Air Force, Soman joined Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair's drama troupe ‘Jayasree’. He had also worked at Kerala Arts Theaters and KPAC. His first film was Gayatri directed by P. N. Menon in 1973. He won Kerala State film awards for best second actor and for best actor.


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 1st December 1954 at Venmony in Alappuzha district
Father: V.G.Sukumaran Nair
Mother: Bhavani Amma

P. S. Sreedharan Pillai is one of the distinguished leaders of the Bharathiya Janata Party (BJP). He is an eminent advocate, an orator, a prolific writer, a philanthropist, and a thinker. Presently he is serving as the 19th Governor of Goa. Prior to this appointment he was serving as the Governor of Mizoram. Sreedharan Pillai started his political career through the Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (erstwhile Jan Sangh). While undergoing his LLB Course at Government Law College, Calicut he was elected as the State General Secretary of ABVP. He also served as Kozhikode district President, State Secretary and General Secretary of BJP.  In 2003 he was elected as the State President of BJP and continued till 2006. He was again elected as the State President of the party and continued till October 2019, when he was appointed as the Governor of Mizoram. He is a gifted author who wrote more than 125 books on law, politics, literature, sociology, culture etc. both in Malayalam and English. Kaaladanam, Bonsai, Pazhassismriti, Udakumbham, Neerthullikal, Marmarangal, Avinaabhavam, Oh Mizoram (English) are some of his anthologies that published so far.   


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 on 25th May 1957 at Harippad
Father: Malabar Gopalan Nair
M. G. Sreekumar is a play back singer, music director, music producer, television presenter and film producer in Malayalam films and television. He has sung more than 4000 songs in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi languages. He owns a music company named KMG Musics and a School of Music. Sreekumar has won several awards, including two National Film Awards, three Kerala State Film Awards and a Filmfare Awards South for the best playback singer. Sreekumar made his debut in the Malayalam movie in 1983. In 2016 he won Harivarasanam award, instituted by the Government of Kerala and Travancore Devaswam Board.
The entire family of Sreekumar is dedicated to music. His father, Malabar Gopalan Nair was a well known singer. His elder brother and music guru, the late M. G. Radhakrishnan, was an award-winning music director and carnatic musician. His elder sister, K. Omanakutty, is a classical music vocalist and former Head of Department of Music in the University of Kerala.



Born on 10th November, 1948
Father: P. Gopala Kurup
Mother: L. Pankajakshi Amma

G.Sudhakaran is a well-known political, social, educational, cultural and trade union activist. He started his public career even while as a student. As a student union activist, he became a member in the Kerala Students Federation (erstwhile Students Federation of India-SFI), and became its state joint secretary. Later he was elected as the All India Vice-President of the SFI. He also served as the syndicate Member of the Kerala University. He held various positions in the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) both at state and central level. He was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1996, 2006, 2011and 2016. He had served as Minister for Co-operation, Coir and Devaswoms in V.S. Achuthanandan's ministry during 2006-2011. Currently he is the minister in charge of Public Works and Registration in the ministry led by Pinarayi Vijayan.


Sujatha Mohan is playback singer who is popular for singing in Malayalam and Tamil movies. She has also sung for Telugu, Kannada and Hindi movies. Sujatha shot to fame in the seventies as Baby Sujatha, the schoolgirl who regularly used to sing with K. J. Yesudas in his stage shows. She recorded her first song, Kannezhuthy Pottuthottu, which was composed by M. K. Arjunan, when she was studying in the sixth standard in 1975. She also used to sing ad jingles. Sujatha has received several awards and recognitions for her work in the South Indian film musical world. She has won two National Film Award for Best Female Playback singer.



Born on 10th June 1948 at Edappal
Father: Parameshwaran Nair
Mother: Subhadramma

Sukumaran (Edappal Ponnamkuzhi Veettil Sukumaran Nair) was an actor and considered as one of the superstar trios of Malayalam cinema during 1970s and 1980s along with Soman and Jayan. After completing his master's degree in English Literature he was appointed as a college lecturer for at Government College, Kasaragod and later at the Scott Christian College, Nagercoil. While working there, he was invited to act in the Malayalam movie Nirmalyam, directed by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. He accepted the role of a defiant youngster in the film and the film went on to win accolades from all over and won a couple of National Film Awards. Though he had decided to return to his teaching profession, destiny decided to tie him in the film field. Soon he became known for his character roles and antagonistic roles and acted in about 300 films during the 1980s and 1990s. He won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor.

Wife:Mallika.Children:Prithviraj and Indrajith




Born in 18 April 1941
Gopurathinkal Sukumaran Nair is the General Secretary of the Nair Service Society.He began his career with the NSS as a clerk in 1962 and subsequently held posts as an Administrative officer, Assistant Secretary, Secretary and then General Secretary.G. Sukumaran Nair has been a relentless and forceful advocate to manage the difficult times of NSS. He was noted for his leadership for maintaining the traditions of the Sabarimala temple, during the controversy of the entry of women to Sabarimala that erupted after a Supreme Court of India ruling in September 2018.He is an extremely rare combination of visionary towards the future developments and master builder of the organisation. His decision is sometimes controversial in some circles, but later it is proved that his stands was always for the betterment of the community. His strength lies in the fact that he is able to influence governments and move public opinion among the community, at the same time.He makes each person in the organisation understand that their role is critical to the success of their organization and in turn the overall development of NSS.



Born on 6th October, 1940 at Nagarcoil
Father: Madhavan Nair
Mother: Sathyabhama Amma

Sukumari was a film actress who left a unique imprint on South Indian cinema and theatre with her talents and best known for her work in Malayalam and Tamil films. She began her acting at the age of 10. Sukumari was noticed by a director when she visited the sets of a film with Padmini, another film celebrity and her relative, and he gave here chance to act in a leading role of his Tamil film, Or Iravu. Thus began her career in the film field. She later became popular after starring in various films of Malayalam. She played many notable supporting roles in almost all films. In 2003, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for her contributions toward the arts. She won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. She died on 26th March 2013.



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).


Born on 22nd April, 1940.
Father: M.Raghavan Nair
Mother: K. Kamalamma

R.Sundaresan Nair is a political leader, a leader of Nair Service Society (NSS) and an educationist. He started his career in politics through students union in 1957. Subsequently he was active in the trade union field also. When National Democratic Party (NDP) was formed, he became a member of it. He was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1977 and 1980 was the Minister for Health and Tourism from 28.12.1981 to 17.03.1982, in the Ministry headed by K.Karunakaran. He was the l Treasurer of the NDP and Leader of NDP Parliamentary party in the legislature. He had also served as Member of Kerala University Senate, Member of Kerala Public Service Commission and Member of the Director Board of Coir Marketing Federation. He was the Manager, Vavod L.P School and High School, and Principal, Victory (Parallel) College, Thiruvananthapuram


Born on 26th June 1958 in Alapuzha
Father: K. Gopinathan Pillai
Mother: V. Gnanalekshmi Amma
Suresh Gopi is an actor, politician, playback singer and television presenter. He is also a philanthropist, social worker, and an environmental activist. Suresh has acted in more than 200 films mainly in Malayalam cinema and has also appeared in few Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada and Bollywood films. He won National Film Award and Kerala State Film Award. He currently serves as a Member of Parliament (MP) in Rajya Sabha. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Master of Arts degree in English literature. He started his career in film field with his debut film T.P.Balagopalan.MA. He played villain and supporting roles in 1980s and 1990s and gradually became a super-star of Malayalam films. He contested as a candidate in the 2019 Loksabha elections from the Thrissur constituency, but failed.


Father: Sadashivan Nair
Mother: Bhamini Amma
Suresh Kumar is an Indian business man, investor, and philanthropist, best known as the chairman and CEO of Artlab India Pvt. Ltd, Hyderabad. He is an exceptionally imaginative Indian businessman. He plays a significant role in the company’s expansion,profitable growth,international collaborations and innovations.He grew up in a rich Nair family in Kulasekharam located in Kanyakumari district, near Padmanabhapuram,the ertswhile capital of Travancore.Kulasekhara is the name of a dynasty that ruled over Kerala.
Prior to starting Artlab India he was working as an officer in Indian Airforce.The discipline and experience he gained from Indian military helped him a lot in building and scaling up the business.Over the years many adjectives have been used to describe his ability including edgy,forward-looking,astonishing etc. Anything but ordinary, he challenged the scientific laboratory industry by innovation, to create a market leader company on the operating segmant. Artlab is in the forefront and using the make in india platform and technology, to become a titan ,always ready to leap into the twenty-first century.
He is very closely involved in many social,charitable and humanitarian activities.With due respect to other communities,he is a true Hindu and an ardent supporter and promoter of activities of Hindu culture and Heritage.
Wife: Jayanthi Suresh
Children: Veena Nair & Vishnu.



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).




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. 



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 September 22, 1935
Earlier name : Sekharan Nair.

Born in a middle class family in the village Andoorkonam near Thiruvananthapuram.
He graduated in Economics and History from Mahatma Gandhi College and took a Bachelor of Education degree from the University College, Trivandrum.Shekharan Nair was working as an teacher at a high school.later he was summoned to the ashram on the eve of his proposed departure to the Himalayas by Neelakanta Gurupadar.

He was initiated in to Sannyasa and trained by his guru, and after the samadhi he started building his organization.
He is also known as , was a Hindu spiritual teacher, orator, historian and religious scholar.Sathyananda established Sree Rama Dasa Mission.He was an exponent of the 4 spiritual paths Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga and Karma Yoga, a devotee of the Divine mother goddess, and a yogi.He was a poet, an orator, historian & religious scholar whose emphasis was on the scientific interpretation of religion to highlight the spirit behind it, and was known for his efforts for the cause of Hindu unity in India and the temple rights restoration movement.
Sathyananda established centres of Sree Rama Dasa Mission in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Richmond, Virginia, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and San Jose in the USA, and has moreover disciples and active centers in Malaysia, New Zealand, Switzerland, the Caribbean Islands and the United Kingdom. He conducted tours all over India and countries like USA, Canada, Singapore, Switzerland, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Suriname.He was the founder of Hindu Aikya Vedi, and remained its chairman until his death.
Passed away in November 23, 2006


Born in 1889 at Mudappallur in Palakkad
Father: Achuthan Nair
Mother: Kunjanna

Swami Tapovan Maharaj is one of the most renowned saints of the 20th century.  He was a consummate Vedantin, a compassionate mentor, a poet whose every thought throbbed with ecstatic awareness, and a sage of unsurpassed wisdom and tranquility. He is one of those rare sages who personify the ‘Absolute’ in every sense of the word — eternal and infinite — radiant and resplendent, dazzling with the effulgence of a million suns.

Right from boyhood, Swami Tapovan Maharaj exhibited a marked partiality for spiritual life. He delighted in worshipping idols fashioned with his own hands. Though he was admitted to the local school, but quit the school and continued his studies in English, Malayalam and Sanskrit by himself. In his late twenties Swami travelled widely and spend his life with sages and study scriptures and observing austerities.  It was Swami Janardana Giri of Kailash Ashram who initiated him to sanyasin with the name Swami Tapovan. Subsequently he moved to the secluded forests of Himalayas and continued his studies on Vedanta and practiced meditation.  He is acknowledged as one of the four great enlightened masters of Vedanta who lived in the Himalayas during the time. Swami had many seekers who came to study under him. One of them was the world famous Swami Chinmayananda.
Swami Tapovan Maharaj entered into eternal Samadhi on 16th February 1957.



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.




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


Born on 4th May 1949 at Mayyil.
Fathr: Kelu Nambiar
Mother: P. K. Meenakshi Amma
Popularly known as P. K. Sreemathy Teacher, is a leader of of Communist Party of India (Marxist) who is active in social and political fields for the past three decades. She was a teacher Neruvambram UP School. Now she is a Member of Parliament representing Kannur constituency. She was elected to Kerala Legislative Assembly in 2001 and 2006 from Payyanur constituency and inducted as the Health and Family Welfare Minister from 2006 to 201i in the cabinet led by V.S.Achuthanandan. She was the Kannur Distict Council Member and Chairperson of the Kannur District Panchayat and Secretary, All India Democratic Women’s Association. She is also a member of the CPI (M) National Committee.


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. 



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