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Father: Neelakanta Pillai
Mother: Kalyani Amma

Dr.Vayala Vasudevan Pillai was a Malayalam playwright and the Director of School of Drama and noted theatre personality who gave significant contributions in Malayalam theatre. On completion of his post-graduate programme in English, he joined as a teacher in English at the Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram. Later he obtained Ph.D in theatre art and playwright and appointed as the Assistant Director of the School of Drama at Thrissur. Later he became the Director of the School and continued as such till his retirement in 2005. Dr. Pillai was an associate of G.Sankara Pillai, eminent playwright and founder of Kalari theatre movement. He formed Suvarnarekha, a theatre group which presented about 30 plays. He won Kerala Sahithya Academy Award in 1981, Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy Award and Kendra Sangeetha Nadaka Academy for his contributions to theatre-playwright in Malayalam. Viswadarsanam, Thulaseevaram, Agni, Rangabhasha, Varavelpu,Kuchelagadha, The Death of Nestling, Suthradhara, Ethile... Ethile, Kunji Chirakukal, Swarnakokkukal are some of his important works.He passed away on August 29, 2011



Born on October 16, 1878 at Thiroor.
Father : Mullassery Damodaran Elayathu Mother: Parvathy Amma.

Vallathol was one of the great poets of Malayalam language whose rich, dense verse was a powerful influence on succeeding Malayalam poets, and whose prose was devoted to the liberation of the country, against untouchables and other social evils. Considered as most important poet after Cherussery, Ezhuthachan and Kunjan Nambiar.

He wrote Vyasavatharam and Kirathasathakam, two Manipravala poems at his age of 13. Sahithya Manjari, Achanum Makalum, Shishyanum Makanum, Chithrayogam, Bandhanasthanaya Anirudhan, Badhira Vilapom, Magdalana Mariyam are some of his important works.

He was a patriot and national poet.  He dreamt the victory of the downtrodden.  He ranked equal to Tagore and Subramonia Bharathy.  He fought for world fraternity and peace.  His respect for other cultures and vision of communal harmony made him different from others.  It was through Vallathol that Kerala culture and art won world acclaim. 

He is the founder of Kerala Kala Mandalam.  He fostered Kath kali, Kerala’s own glorious art form and gained global fame to it. Erstwhile Madras Government awarded Aasthana Maha Kavi.  Awarded Padma Bhooshan by the Government of India.  Was Chairman of Kerala Sahithya Academy and Sahithya Parishad.

He died in 1958


Born in 1895

Father : Krishna Panicker Mother: Paappi Amma.

Sri.Velappan became popular through the Nair Service Society.He was elected as the Member of Sree Moolam Praja Sabha twice and Travancore Legislative Council for two times. He was also elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly and became the Minister for Health. It was he who initiated action to institute Medical Colleges at Kottayam and Alappuzha. He was also the President of NSS.

Died on August 26, 1962.


Born on January 9, 1912
Father : Krishna Pillai.R. Mother: Lekshmy Amma

Kalathil Velayudhan Nair was an undefeated leader of the national movement.  He was an able advocate and administrator of the Travancore-Cochin Ministry. He was a farsighted politician and above all the very life and soul of the Nair Service Society.  He elected to Legislative Assembly in 1952. He became the Minister for Electricity, PWD and Transport in A.J.John’s Ministry. He was elected as the President of NSS in 1968. He was the first President of National Democratic Party (NDP). He was also the Member of Senate and Syndicate of the University of Kerala. He made his firm imprints in whatever field he ventured.

Died on September 1, 1976


Born in 1911

Sri. Makkappuzha Vasueven Pillai was a celebrated personality who made tireless efforts for more than half a century for the progress and uplift of the nair community. He was a member of KPCC and AICC. He was elected Travancore-Cochin Legislative Assembly in 1951 and 1954. He was also elected as the President of NSS.

Died on August 30, 1998


Born on March 2, 1926 at Kottayam.
Father : V.N.Kesava Pillai. Mother : Nanukutty Amma

P.K.Vasudevan Nair became famous as an eminent parliamentarian and as the State Secretary of Communist Party of India. He was the Chief Minister of Kerala for a short period. He rose to the leadership through Students’ and Youth Federations. He attained national repute as a Member of Parliament and as the Panel of Chairman of the Lok Sabha. He was elected to the  Parliament from Thiruvananthapuram constituency in 2004 elections also.

He died on July 12, 2005


Born on 15 July 1934
Father : T.Narayanan Nair Mother: Ammalu Amma

M.T.Vasudevan Nair is a versatile novelist of Malayalam and Jnanapeeth laureate. He wrote stories while he was a student and won first place in all Kerala level short story writing contest conducted by the Mathrubhoomi weekly. He has written  many novels and short stories.

Important works: Nalukettu, Murappennu, Asuravithu, Kaalam, Randamoozham, Manju\
He won many awards like Sahithya Academy Award, Vayalar Award. He produced and directed a number of films in Malayalam.His film “Nirmalyam” won President’s Gold Medal. He was the Editor of Mathrubhum weekly. He is the visiting Professor of Pune Film Institute. Government of India awarded Padmabhooshan to him in 2005. He was also awarded Vallathol Sahithya Puraskaran for his comprehensive contributions in the field of literature.


Born in 1882

T.K. Velu Pillai is famous as the author of Travancore State Manual, an authoritative history of Travancore. Like Logan’s Malabar Manual, this work is a source of major source of information.  He also wrote a novel, “Hemalatha”. He was a member of Travancore Legislative Assembly since 1914 and also the Vice-Chairman of the Legislaive Assembly.  He was versatile genius as an advocate and an eminent orator also.

Died in 1950


Born in 1934
Father : Marthandavarma Mother : Janaky Amma

Dr.M.S. Valliathan is a world famous personality in the field of medical science and research. He was the first Director of Sri Chitra Thirunal Medical Centre, Trivandrum.He played a vital role in introducing the most modern methods of treatment in the SCTMC, Trivandrum. His ideas and action plans contributed for the overall progress and developments of the Centre.  He is the Vice-Chancellor of Manipal University. He is also the Member, UGC, ICMR, Department of Bio-technology, Govt. of India, Energy Regulatory Board etc. The Government of India awarded him Padmasree. He was also awarded Padmavibhushan in 2005.


Born in 1935
Father: Barister M.K.Nambiar

Advocate K.K.Venugopal is a leading and senior counsel of Supreme Court. He is an Expert in constitutional law and even the President of India seeks his advise in matters concerning constitutional issues.  He is a social lover of humanity and man of great vision. He was the Additional Solicitor General during 1979-80.He was also the  President of International Association for Lawyers. He appeared for several important and historical cases like Pondichery Assembly Speaker election case, dismissal of Karunanidhi’s Ministry during emergency period, Babri Masjid case, Mandal Commission etc.



Velu Thampi Dalawa was born in 940 (ME).  He was the elder son of Kunchu Mayitti Pillai and Valliyamma Pillai Thankacy of Kalkulam Village in Travancore. Velu Thampi who was efficient, loyal and just was selected as the leader of the Nattukootam (local body). Later he was appointed as “Karyakkar’ of Kalkulam Village.  Having understnd the abilities and loyalty, Karthika Thirunal Maharaja appointed him as ‘Sarvadhikaryakkar’ and then as the Dalawa of Travancore.

Velu Thampi introduced several administrative reforms in the country.  He established schools in all ‘Karas’. The land was surveyed and levied land tax from the owners. He established courts of law. He maintained law and order situation in the country scrupulously and without any fear or favour.
In the beginning, Velu Thampi was in good terms with the British Empire. But he rose up against them when he found their attempts to have total control of power centres. Gradually, he turned against the British Resident. He persuaded the Maharaja of Travancore to request the Madras Government to recall the Resident from Travancore. Infuriated with the action of Velu Thampi, Colonel  Mec Caule started torturing the subjects.  Velu Thampi Dalawa had allied himself with the Dewan of Kochi Paliyath Achan in the armed campaign against the British .

After almost a year of battles, Velu Thampi Dalawa fled the kingdom. The power of the British Resident was now paramount and the Maharaja had to admit the supremacy of British in the affairs of State. Velu Thampi appealed the people of Travancore to join his revolt against the atrocities of British through famous ‘Kundara Proclamation’ announced on 11 January 1809. He continued his legendary revolt against the British with the help of soldiers who fall in with him. But Veluthampi Dalawa and his soldiers failed miserably in the fight held at Kollam and he was defeated.  Velu Tampi is said to have ended his life by himself rather than face humiliation at the hands of his opponents. He met his tragic death at Mannady.



Father: Sri Govinda Kurup
Mother: Smt. Bharathi Amma

Born at Kuttanand in Alappuzha district. Vinayan is a gifted cine director and producer. He has so far directed 36 movies (31 in Malayalam, 4 in Tamil and 1 in Telugu). He produced 4 movies, written story for 20 movies, scripts and dialogues for 12 films and penned lyrics for 5 films. He introduced many new actors in the Malayalam film industry. Vinayan created history by writing and directing the Malayalam film Albhuthadweep which was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records and Limca Book of Records for casting the most number of dwarf actors in a movie and also for featuring the shortest male lead actor in a movie. The film was a success in box-office and it was remade in Tamil language by Vinayan himself. His film Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njanum won two National Film Awards including a Special Jury Award for best actor and best male playback singer. He won Kerala Film Critics Award for best director and for best film for Meerayude Dukhavum Muthuvinte Swapnavum and his film Kasi won the Tamil Nadu State Award for best actor.

Vinayan is the founder/president of the MACTA Federation. He has also launched a co-operative society for the benefit of film workers. He is also the Advisory Member of the Cine Workers Welfare Board, sponsored by the Government of India. He has been appointed as the Chairman of the Kerala Horticultural Development Corporation.


Vadakke Koottala Narayanan Nair, popularly known as VKN in Malayalam, belongs to the  genus category of writers. He made use of humour, irony, satire, and parody and burlesque in his works. It may be a coincidence that VKN was also born, brought up and spent the major part of his life in the same area where Kalakkath Kunjan Nambiar and Mani Madhava Chakkyar, who were the masters of social satire and strong art forms of Thullal and Chakkyarkoothu were born. VKN entered into Malayalam literature field in 1950s. In 1960s VKN became a prominent figure in Malayalam literature as a writer. He  was a Delhi based journalist from where he caught his hero, Payyan, who appeared in almost all his major works. His important works are Pithamahan, Arohanam,  Adhikaram, Payyankadhakal, Sir Chathu,  Kaavi, Chathans, and Chitrakeralam.

He died in 2004
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