Born in 1912.
Father: Unnickakam Vettil K.G.Velupillai.
Sri.V.Gangadharan was a veteran freedom fighter.
He was the Manager and Editor of Malayala Rajyam
daily/weekly. He was elected as a member of
Travancore Legislative Assembly from Quilon-Kottarakkara
constituency and the Speaker of Legislative
Assembly. He visited Russia, Checkoslovakia,
Finland etc. He became the General Secretary
of Nair Service Society after Mannam relinquished
charge. Important works: Indian Parliament,
Born on 10 May 1902.
Father: Padmanabha Kurup.
Mother: Lekshmy Kunjamma.
Vennikkulam Gopala Kurup followed the footprints
of Vallathol and enriched Malayalam poetry.
His poems depicted the vision of Bharathavarsha,
the spiritual divinity and fragrance.
These special features made him great. He translated
Subramania Bharathi’s work from Tamil to Malayalam.
He won Sahithya Academy Award for his contributions.
His important works are Kama surabhi, Swarna
sadhya, Swarajya geetha. He was awarded
D.Lit. by the Kanpur University. He died on
20 August 1980.
Born in 1929.
Father: Narayana Kaimal.
Kidangoor Gopalakrishna Pillai was an expert
administrator, an experienced and able organizer,
great orator with unequal eloquence and leader
of the community. He was an eminent Advocate
who started practice since 1954. He was elected
as the General Secretary of NSS in 1967and continued
in the office for four terms consecutively.
The period is considered as the golden era of
He was also served as the Member of Senate and
Syndicate of Kerala University. He was nominated
as Member of Guruvayoor Devaswam Management
Committee. He was elected as the president of
All Kerala Private College Management Association.
He was the founder leader of National Democratic
Party (NDP). As a recognition for his
talents he was appointed as the Indian High-Commissioner
to Singapore. He died in 1995.
Born in July 1904 at Kannur.
Father: Rairu Nambiar.
A.K.Gopalan, known as AKG was a national leader
who was loved by the people all over India.
He maintained close relations with other political
parties also. AKG was a great man loved
and respected by people belonging to different
walks of life. He was one of the leaders of
freedom movement. He joined Congress in 1927.
He led Hunger Jatha against Madres Government
in 1937. He was subjected to imprisonment for
16 years. Later he became one of the prominent
leaders of the Communist Party of India. He
stood with the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
when Communist Party splitted.. AKG was the
Member of Parliament from 1952 to 1977 and he
was the Leader of Opposition in Parliament for
several years. He was the volunteer captain
of Guruvayoor Sathyagraha. He led innumerable
struggles against Central Government as well
as State Government for getting the just and
legitimate rights of the common man protected.
He always stood for the uplift of poor and down
trodden of the society. He died on March 21,
GOVINDA MENON. N.
Born on 3rd August 1899 Poonjar
Father: Father: Attukal Cherukara Sankaran Pandala
Mother: Kunjulekshmy Amma
Govinda Menon was the President of Nair Service Society from 1947 to 1952 consequent on the arrest of Mannam (who was the President of the NSS) for his participation in the freedom struggle. Though C.P.Ramaswamy Iyer, the then Dewan of Travancore persuaded Menon to pass a resolution by the N.S.S. supporting the establishment of independent state of Travancore and to accept a high position in the judiciary, he declined the offer and stood firmly against the idea of Dewan, He played a significant role in building up the educational institutions under the NSS management.
Govinda Menon started his career as an Advocate in 1924. From 1925 onwards he associated with the N.S.S. He served as the President of Muttambalam NSS Karayogam and Kottayam Taluk NSS Union. In 1934 he was appointed as Government Pleader and retired as District Government Pleader in 1959. He also served as the President of Kottayam Bar Association, Kottayam Co-operative Bank, Kottayam Co-operative Union, Pournami Seva Sanghom, Kurichi Athurasramom Trust and Homeo Medical College, Iranjaal Devi Temple Trust etc.
He passed away on 28th June 1977
Born in 1849 (ME 1024 Meenom 30).
Father: Attukal Cherukara Sankaran Pandala
Mother: Kalyani Amma.
Sri.Attukal Govinda Pillai was the second person
who obtained BA degree holder of Travancore.
He was District Judge, Peshkar, Law College
Professor and High Court Judge. It was he who
passed strong judgment on the matrilineal committee
report of the Nair Regulation. He voiced and
tried hard for revising the Nair Regulation
Act. The British Government awarded him
the title “Diwan Bahadur”. He was President
of Keraleeya Nair Samajam and Malayali Sabha.
He started a school exclusively for boys belonging
to Scheduled Caste. He had written about 20
books and translated Sakunthalam, Geethanjali,
and plays of Sheksphere to Malayalam. He died
Born on 23 December 1906.
Father: Krishna Kurup.
Mother: Kunhikutty Amma.
Idasseri is poet who uses rustic images beautifully
in his works. His younger days were of poverty
and hence he was constrained to accept the job
of an Advocate’s Clerk. Idasseri started writing
poems at the early age of twelve. One of his
best works is Poothappaattu, which connects
the strange and the ordinary with finesse and
loveliness. His other important works are Bimbisarante
Idayan, Orupidi Nellikka, Kavile Pattu.
He won Kerala Sahitya Academy Award in 1969
Died on 14 October 1974
Born on December 10, 1910 at Pandalam.
M.N.Govindan Nair was one of the famous personalities
who rose to the central leadership of the Communist
Party of India. He captured public attention
through his selfless services in the capacity
of the Secretary of Communist Party in Kerala,
Member of Parliament and as a minister of Kerala.
His scheme for providing one-lakh homes for
poor was an example of his administrative expertise.
He set apart his life for the communist party
and excelled himself as an expert organizer
and restless worker. He was also a Gandhian
in every inch and associated himself with the
work connected with the uplift of oppressed
class. He fought against the corruption and
atrocities in society. He died in 1984.
Born in 1919 at Ponnani (Malappuram District).
M. Govindan was a post-communist thinker and writer - an illustrious poet and short story writer (stories like Sarppom, Raniyde Patti are famous). He was also
known as the leader of neo-humanist movement
in Malayalam and an ardent follower of M.N.Roy.
He served as the Information Officer to the
Government of Tamil Nadu (erstwhile Madras).
He was the editor of Sameeksha, a journal
that paved way to newer and radical thoughts.
He also served as member of film censor board
and several cultural organisations of the Government
of India. Communisathil Ninnum Munottu,
Nee Manushyane Kollaruthu, Gnana Snanam
are some of his major works.
Born on 22 August 1919 at Kayamkulam.
Father: P. Sankara Pillai.
Mother: Sankari Amma.
Professor S.Guptan Nair was a person worthy
of worship among the men of letters. He was
a renowned literary critic, notable teacher,
famous orator and blessed writer. He possessed
an extraordinary ability to speak fluently on
any subject. He excelled in classical
music and in playing table tennis too. He won
several awards for literature criticism.
He started his career as Lecturer. He was the
Editor of Grandhalokam, a journal published
by the Kerala Government and the editor of Malayali.
Prof.Guptan Nair won the Ezhuthachan award instituted
by the Government of Kerala.
He died on February 6, 2006.
CHENGANNUR RAMAN PILLAI
Born in 1883.
Father: Thoppil Parameswaran Pillai.
Mother: Parvathy Amma.
Guru Chengannur Raman Pillai was a great preceptor
of Kath Kali dance form and a king without crown
in Kath Kali empire who shined in the field
for more than six decades. He taught many students
to perform Kath Kali dance and won several awards.
He died in 1980.
Born on 24 July 1908.
Father: Sankara Pillai.
Guru Gopinath propagated the special features
of Kath Kali though out Kerala and made this
art form more shining and lively. He was
a talented dancer and Kath Kali artist. He was
the founder of Kerala Natanam, a new
dance form. He established Viswakalakendram
in Thiruvananthapuram. Famous dancers and cine
artists Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini were his
disciples. He won the award of Sangeetha Nataka
Academy. He is a talented writer also.
His important works are Classical Dance, Kathakali
Natanam, Abhinayamkuram, Abhinaya Prakashika.
He died on 9 October 1987.
Born in 1881.
Guru Kunchukkurup was one of the renowned Kathakali
artists who excelled himself as a performer
and as a teacher, who adorned the status of
a ‘Guru’ in the field of Kath Kali. He served
as a teacher in Kerala Kalamandalam for several
years. He was fortunate to be the ‘Guru’
of dancers and actors who won national and international
laurels including Smt. Mrinalini Sarabai, the
internationally renowned dancer. He won
medal from the President of India. He was well
versed in both the schools (southern and northern)
of Kathakali. Government of India conferred
Padmabhooshan award to him. He was a great performer
of almost all types of Kath kali characters
like Paccha, Kathi and Minukku.
The most famous character performed by him was
Nala. Mahaabali, Ravana, Keechaka and Arjuna
were some of the famous characters performed
He died in 1973.