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The following is a list of notable people from Kerala, India: Though many personalities in this list are/were multi-faceted, their names are classified according to their major area of work. Please ensure that brief Wikipedia articles on these personalities are linked.

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Ancient rulers

Independence Activists

  • Mohammed Abdurahiman Sahib - Freedom fighter and former KPCC President.
  • V.K. Krishna Menon - Toiled for India's Independence while he was in England. Diplomat, orator, and former Defence Minister of India.
  • Vakkom Majeed - Freedom fighter, former Member of Travancore-Cochin State Assembly.
  • Sir Chettur Sankaran Nair - President of the Indian National Congress (1897–1898).
  • T.M. Varghese - Leader of Abstebtion Movement. Founder member of the Travancore State Congress. Minister of Travancore-Cochin.
  • C. Kesavan
  • U. Gopala Menon - Indian National Congress leader.
  • Sir C. Madhavan Nair - Administrator during British Rule.
  • K. Kelappan - Known as "Kerala Gandhi". Leader of the Payyannur Salt Satyagraha and the Guruvayur Satyagraha. He was also the founding President of Nair Service Society.
  • K.P. Kesava Menon - Freedom fighter, Founder-Editor of the Mathrubhumi newspaper.
  • K.P. Kuttikrishnan Nair - Popularly known as Kuttiettan - he was the prominent leader of the Trade Union Movement in India. Former KPCC Vice President, AICC Secretary, Home Minister of Madras Presidency and Member of Parliament.
  • A. K. Gopalan - Independence activist from Malabar region and leader of the Communist Party.
  • A.V. Kuttimalu Amma - Freedom fighter.
  • N.P. Nayar - Freedom fighter and former Administrator, Azad Hind Dal.
  • Ammu Swaminathan - Freedom fighter.
  • Lakshmi Sehgal - As Captain Lakshmi, commanded the Jhansi Rani Regiment of the INA under Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
  • Velu Thampi Dalava - Fought the East India Company at a time they were grabbing power in princely states.
  • Pazhassi Raja - Fought the British half a century before the first war of independence fought by the rest of India.
  • Panampilli Govinda Menon - One of the early freedom fighters of the princely state of Cochin. Later, became a cabinet minister under Mrs. Indira Gandhi.
  • Ammu Swaminathan - Freedom fighter.
  • George James - Rebel leader
  • Nettur. P. Damodaran- Eminent freedom fighter, social worker, author and member of Parliament from Tellichery constituency,

Spiritual leaders

  • Adi Sankara (788 - 820) - Saint, poet, philosopher and reviver of Hinduism in India. Propounded the doctrine of Advaita (non-duality), which identified the Supreme with the Self. He is revered as the Shankaracharya.
  • St. Gheevarghese Mar Gregorios of Parumala - Canonized Spiritual Leader of Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church.
  • St. Athanasius Paulose - A Christian Saint from Kerala, who was the former Malankara Metropolitan and entombed at Thrikkunnathu Seminar, Aluva, Kerala, and canonized by Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas.
  • St. Coorilos Paulose - Former Malankara Metropolitan of Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, canonized by Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas.
  • Archbishop Mar Ivanios
  • Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios
  • Sri Narayana Guru - One of the greatest saints and social reformers Kerala has seen. Was instrumental in uplifting the downtrodden masses of Kerala from spiritual and social oppression.
  • CatholicosBaselios Paulose II - Former Catholicos of the East of Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in India and entombed at Malecuriz Dayaro in Ernakulam District, Kerala.
  • Sister Alphonsa - First female saint from India. On Sunday, 12 October 2008, Pope Benedict XVI announced her canonization at a ceremony at St Peter's Square.
  • Fr. Chavara Kuriakose - A Christian saint of Kerala. The yeoman service rendered by him led to the growth of the C.M.I. (Carmelites of Mary Immaculate) Congregation.
  • Fr.Varghese Palakkappillil (Payyappilly) - A Christian saint from Kerala. He was declared Servant of God on 6 September 2009. He founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Destitute.
  • H.B Catholicos Dr. Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India - Spiritual Leader of Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in India
  • H.H Baselios Marthoma Didymos I Catholicose of All the East and Malankara Metrolitan- Spiritual Leader of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Christians in Kerala.
  • Amritanandamayi - Renowned spiritualist from Kerala whose charisma has won her followers from around the world.
  • Swami Chinamayananda - Founder, Chinmaya Mission

Politicians

  • Mahathir bin Mohamad - Fourth and longest serving Prime Minister of Malaysia.[1]
  • K.R. Narayanan (1921–2005) - Former President of India.
  • Dr John Matthai Former Union Finance Minister
  • Devan Nair - Former President of Singapore.
  • V.K.Krishna Menon - First defence minister of India.
  • A.K. Antony - Current defence minister of India.Chief Minister of Kerala during 1977-78, 1995–96, and 2001-2004. Leader of the Opposition in Kerala
  • Shashi Tharoor - Current Minister of state for external affairs, and former UN undersecretary.
  • Vayalar Ravi - Union Cabinet Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Govt of India.
  • Lakshmi N. Menon - First woman foreign minister of India (1957–1966).
  • E. Ahamed - Former Minister of state for External Affairs, Govt. of India, current minister of state for railways.
  • Mullappally Ramachandran - Minister of state for Home.
  • O. Rajagopal - First BJP leader from state to become a Union Minister. Minister of state for railways in Vajpayees ministry.
  • C. Achutha Menon-Former Kerala Chief Minister and noted Communist leader. Mr. Menon has a bright academic background. He was rank holder in Mathematics Bsc, as well as in LLB. He established the first public sector electronic corporate company, Keltron in India in 1974. Also, the world renowned Sri Chithira institute(Sri chithira heart valve is the product of this institute), Cochin university of science and technology, Kerala agriculture university etc was Mr.Menons contributions. He established the first technopark of India in Thiruvananthapuram. He is considered as the best CM Kerala ever had.
  • V.S. Achuthanandan - Current Chief Minister of Kerala. He was the secretary of CPI(M) state committee from 1980 to 1992 and Opposition leader of KLA from 1992 to 1996 and again from 2001 to 2006.

Legislative Assembly during 1996 to 2001. Current Defence Minister of India.

  • A.K. Gopalan (AKG) - Communist party leader. First opposition leader in Indian Parliament. Father of Indian Coffee Houses AKG. One of the most popular among all the Left leaders in India. He died on March 21, 1977 at the age of 73.
  • K.Damodaran- One of the founders of communist movement in Kerala.
  • C.H. Mohammed Koya - Former Chief Minister of Kerala.
  • K.C. Abraham - Former Governor of Andhra Pradesh, member of the first Kerala Legislative Assembly, and former Congress Working Committee Member.
  • C. Kesavan - The Chief Minister of erstwhile state of Travancore-Cochin from 1951-52.
  • Dr. P.C. Alexander - Former Governor of Tamil Nadu and Maharashra. Former High Commissioner to UK.
  • E.K. Nayanar - Former Chief Minister of Kerala. Noted Communist leader.
  • E.M.S. Namboodiripad - First Chief Minister of unified Kerala State. Headed the first elected communist government in the world. General Secretary of CPI(M) for many years.
  • Joseph Mundassery - A prominent literary critic of Malayalam language. Education Minister in the first communist ministry of Kerala.
  • K. Karunakaran - Former Kerala Chief Minister and Congress party leader.
  • P. Krishna Pillai - founder of communist movement in Kerala.
  • Mathai Manjooran (1912–1970) - A gallant freedom fighter, socialist revolutionary, member of the Indian Parliament, Labor Minister in the 2nd EMS communist ministry, and the staunchest advocate towards the formation of Kerala State.
  • M.A. Baby - Leading leftist, present Education Minister.
  • M.P. Veerendrakumar - Writer, noted politician.
  • Monce Joseph - The youngest minister in Kerala's present Left Democratic Front ministry.
  • Oommen Chandy - Present Opposition leader of Kerala and former Chief Minister of the state.
  • Paloli Mohammed Kutty - Minister for Local Govt.
  • P.K. Kunhalikkutty - Former State Industries Minister, Secretary of Kerala State Committee of IUML.
  • Pinarai Vijayan - CPI(M) Secretary, State Committee, Kerala and member of the Politburo.
  • Prakash Karat - General Secretary, CPI(M) National Committee.
  • P. J. Joseph - Kerala Congress (J) leader.
  • R. Sankar - Former Chief Minister of Kerala.
  • Sayeed Mohamedali Shihab Thangal - President of the Kerala state committee of the IUML.
  • Ramesh Chennithala - President, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee. Former Lok Sabha MP.
  • V.P. Menon - The right-hand man of Sardar Patel in the unification of princely states during the formation of the Indian Union.
  • V.N. Janaki - Served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for a short duration following the death of her husband, M.G. Ramachandran.
  • K. R. Gowri Amma - Founder of JSS. Was a leading leftist and the first revenue minister of Kerala.
  • K.M. Mani - Leader of Kerala Congress (M) and former Minister.
  • P.K. Vasudevan Nair - Former Chief Minister of Kerala. Noted CPI leader.
  • Dr. George Thomas, Former MLA and publisher [2]
  • Thomas Joseph - Ex-MLA who changed the face of East Kerala.

Ravindra Varma, Former Labour Minister of India

Writers

  • Akkitham Achuthan Namboodiri - A famous Malayalam poet who is honored by the epithet 'Mahaakavi'. He won the Kendra Sahithya Academy Award for Malayalam in 1973. His famous poems include 'Irupatam Nuttantinte Ithihasam. Akkitham is associated with Tapasya _ a cultural organization.
  • Kandathil Varghese Mappillai Writer and poet
  • Anita Nair - Writer.
  • Arundhati Roy - Writer, awarded the Booker Prize in 1997 for 'The God of Small Things', which is set in Kerala.//
  • Balachandran Chullikkadu - Poet admired for his realistic approach and hummable and rhythmic poems.
  • Balamani Amma - Poet; won the literary medal in India, the Saraswathi Samman.
  • Changampuzha Krishna Pillai (1911–1948) - Poet, author of the pastoral elegy 'Ramanan' (1936) which sold over 100,000 copies, a record that still stands. Changampuzha took Malayalam poetry to the zenith of romanticism.
  • Cherusseri Namboodiri - Mahakavi (great poet), part of the old Kavithrayam (triad of poets), with Ezhuthachan and Kunchan Nambiar. Author of 'Krishnagaadha (The Song of Krishna)'.
  • K.V.Dominic -an Indian English poet, critic, editor and short story writer .
  • D. Vinayachandran - Poet.
  • Gayatri - Wrter, Painter, art and literary critic
  • Hameed Chennamangaloor - writer, progressive Muslim intellectual, critic of religious fundamentalism.
  • Kadammanitta Ramakrishnan- Noted Malayalam Poet.
  • Kamala Das - English poet and novalist, also wrote in Malayalam under the pen-name Madhavikkutty. First Indian woman to openly write about woman's sexuality. Embraced Islam under the name Kamala Suraiyya in 1999. Asian Poetry Prize, 1964, Kent Award, 1965.
  • Kesari Balakrishna Pillai - Social thinker, Literary critic who influenced a generation of writers and other intellectuals in Kerala during the first half of 20th Century. The name of one of his book "Navalokam" (New World) is symbolical representative of his intellectual contributions. Kesari read and wrote about various subjects. He gave advice and guidance most of the second generation Malayalam writers including, Thakazhi, Basheer, Pottekkadu. Kesari published a newspaper "Kesari" by which name he is known later. Kesari translated many literary works directly from French to show examples of world Literature to then Malayali writers.
  • Kumaran Asan - Mahaakavi (great poet), part of the new Kavithrayam, with Ulloor and Vallathol. Kumaran Asan was the follower of Srinarayana Guru. He used poetry to influence the society.
  • Kalakkaththu Kunchan Nambiar - Mahaakavi (great poet), part of the old Kavithrayam. Founder of the art form Ottan Thullal.
  • Kunjunni- Malayalam Poet
  • N.S. Madhavan - Writer and civil servant.
  • M. Krishnan Nair - Literary critic, whose column Sahithyavaraphalam has long served as a window to contem–porary world literature.
  • M. Mukundan - Novelist, author of 'Mayyazhippuzhayude Theerangalil (On the Banks of Mayyazhi)' and 'Deyvathinte Vikruthikal (Pranks of God)'.
  • George Menachery - Historian, Editor of The St. Thomas Christian Encyclopaedia of India, Ed., The Indian Church History Classics (The Nazranies).
  • Moothiringode Bhavathrāthan Namboothiripad - Author of the famous Aphante Makal. He was social reformer especially of the Namboothiri society.
  • Moyinkutty Vaidyar - Great poet (Mahakavi), author of many authentic Mappila songs.
  • M. P. Parameswaran - Scientist turned social activist, involved with Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad.
  • M. T. Vasudevan Nair - Writer and cinema personality. Jnanpith Award, 1995.
  • Niranam Poets - Three Great Malayali poets Madhava Panikkar, Sankara Panikkar and Rama Panikkar of the Kannassa family. They lived between AD 1350 and 1450 in the Niranam village of Tiruvalla
  • Nitya Chaitanya Yati - Scholar, monk.
  • O. Chandumenon - Author of the Malayalam novel 'Indulekha'. Also wrote the incomplete novel "Sharada".
  • O. V. Vijayan - Novelist, cartoonist. Author of 'Khasakkinte Ithihaasam (The Legends of Khasak)' and 'Dharmapuranam (The Saga of Dharmapuri).
  • P. Parameswaran - Renowned thinker. Director of Bharatiya Vichara Kendram and former President of Vivekanand Kendra, Kanyakumari. Also known as Parameswarji.
  • P. K. Gopi- Poet.
  • Paul, M.P. - Literary critic.
  • Paul Zacharia - Writer.
  • [[Philipose Vaidyar]] - People group researcher and Writer.
  • Poomulli Neelakandan Namboothiripad - An expert in arts and literature, Ayurveda, Kalari, Yoga and other performing arts from the famous Poomulli family.
  • Poonthanam - Poet belonging to the Bhakti school.
  • Sara Joseph - Writer, Novelist, Sahitya Academy winner.
  • Shashi Tharoor - Novelist, Commonwealth Writers Prize, 1991; previous Under-Secretary-General (Communication and Public Information) of the United Nations, Deputy Minister of External affairs.
  • S. K. Pottekkatt (1913–1982) - A well-renowned author whose work 'Oru Desattinte Katha' (The Story of a Land) fetched him the Jnanpith award of 1980.
  • Sukumar Azhikode - Thinker, teacher, critic and orator.
  • Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai - Novelist and short story writer whose work Chemmeen was awarded Jnanpith Award in 1984.
  • Thirunalloor Karunakaran- Renowned poet, scholar, teacher and leftist intellectual
  • Thunchaththu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan - Architect of modern Malayalam. Mahakavi (great poet), part of the old Kavithrayam. Penned the most popular Malayalam renditions of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
  • Ulloor S Parameswara Iyer - Poet, part of the new Kavithrayam. Author of 'Umakeralam'.
  • G.S.UnnikrishnanNair-Science Writer,children's Writer,winner of national science communication award,Bhima Balasahithya Award and State Science Literature Award.Author of 'Ottakangal Paranja Katha'
  • Vaikom Muhammad Basheer - Writer, philosopher.
  • Vakkom Abdul Khader Moulavi - Publisher of the legendary publication Swadeshabhimani, social reformer, and a prominent leader of the progressive Islahi Movement in Kerala.
  • Vallathol Narayana Menon - Mahaakavi, part of the new Kavithrayam. Author of 'Sahithyamanjari'. Founder of Kerala Kalamandalam, the state's flagship institution for the promotion of performing arts.
  • Vayalar Ramavarma - Arguably the greatest lyricist in the history of Malayalam cinema.
  • Vayalar Sarath Chandra varma - noted young Malayalam film lyricist.
  • Vijayan, M. N - Thinker, writer, literary critic, social activist. Most of his works are compilation of speeches.
  • Vyloppilli Sreedhara Menon (1911–1985)- Famous Malayalam poet.
  • Yusuf Ali Kechery- Poet.

Business and Commerce

Journalists

  • Dileep Premachandran (PremC)- Wisden cricket journalist. Writes columns in Cricinfo, The Times, Daily Telegraph, The observer
  • R Gopal Krishna (RGK)- Journalist and Columnist with The Times of India and The Illustrated Weekly of India
  • Rohit Viswanath- CNN Young Journalist of the Year 2006 [3]. Editorial Page writer with The Times of India.
  • C Gauridasan Nair- Noted political analyst, media critic and Special Correspondent of The Hindu
  • T.Sasi Mohan - editor of the first Malayalam Web portal www.weblokam.com (formerly with Mathrubhoomi Daily)
  • T. N. Gopakumar
  • Sunnykutty Abraham- COO and Chief News Editor of Jaihind TV and noted political analyst
  • Johnny Lukose- COO of Manorama News
  • Dr. Sebastian Paul- Media critic.
  • John Brittas- Managing Director of Kairali TV and People TV.
  • K. C. Mammen Mappillai- Founder of [[Malayala Manorama)
  • K. C. Narayanan- Editor-in-Charge of Bhashaposhini.
  • K. Jayachandran- Noted Journalist who highlighted the problems of Adivasis.
  • K. M. Mathew- Chief Editor of Malayala Manorama.
  • K. M. Roy- Noted Journalist.
  • V.K. Madhavan Kutty - Former Editor of the Malayalam daily, Mathrubhumi, and a founder director of satellite channel Asianet
  • O. Abdurahman-Editor-in-charge of Madhyamam
  • K. Raveendran Noted business journalist and Dubai-based columnist
  • K. P. Mohanan- Managing Editor of Asianet.noted journalist.
  • N. P. Chandrasekharan- Executive Editor of Kairali TV and People TV.
  • Prabhavarma- Director (News and Current Affairs) of Kairali TV and People TV.
  • KNK Menon - Former sports editor of The Hindustan Times and The Pioneer; the only Indian sports journalist invited by IOC to take part in the 2004 Olympic Flame relay.
  • Victor George- A talented press Photographer who was buried alive by a landslide caused by the torrential rains in July 2002.
  • R.Gopikrishnan-Noted Journalist.Deputy Editor and Unit head of Kerala Kaumudi at Kochi.Formerly worked with the Deepika and Mangalam.
  • Dr. Krishna Kishore - USA based television anchor; host of Asianet's 'America Today' and noted television news correspondent
  • B.G. Verghese - Former Editor of The Hindustan Times.
  • P.k.Prakash-Noted Journalist.Political analyst.Highlited adivasi,delith land problem.exposed kidny racket and forest encrochment.PUCL,Statesman,RNG Award winner.

Arts & Film

  • Mohanlal - Famous actor and winner of the national award for Best Actor in 1992 (Bharatham) and 2000 (Vaanaprastham).
  • Mammootty - Famous actor. Three time winner of the national award for Best Actor.
Mammootty

Artists, painters, sculptors

Painters

Sculptor

Cartoonists

Others

Social reformers

  • Adi Sankara (788 - 820) - Saint, poet, philosopher and reviver of Hinduism in India. Propounded the doctrine of Advaita (non-duality), which identified the Supreme with the Self. He is revered as the Shankaracharya.
  • Mitavadi C. Krishnan - Kerala's Leading Social Reformer - 1913-1938 (See http://www.mitavadi-ckrishnan.org/)
  • Ayyankali- The leader of the backward casts in Kerala
  • Chattampi Swamikal (1853–1925) - was one of Kerala’s famed social reform activists and learned men.
  • C. Kesavan - The Chief Minister of erstwhile state of Travancore-Cochin from 1951-52.
  • K. M. Moulavi - An active leader of the Khilafat movement and the first president of Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (1950), which is responsible for fighting social evils like dowry, superstition, and promoting education and protecting rights of women among the Muslim population in Kerala.
  • K. P. Kesava Menon - Well known patriot and active volunteer of the freedom fight against the British. Founder of Mathrubhumi daily.
  • Mathai Manjooran (1912–1970) - A gallant freedom fighter, socialist revolutionary, member of the Indian Parliament, Labor Minister in the 2nd EMS communist ministry, and above all the staunchest advocate towards the formation of Kerala State.
  • Mannathu Padmanabhan - Founder of Nair Service Society.
  • M. C. Joseph - Rationalist, founding editor of Yukthivadi.
  • Nawab Rajendran - Social activist who stirred the conscience of the society for three decades.
  • Sree Narayana Guru (1856–1928) - Social reformer, scholar, teacher, saint and Vedantin. One of India's greatest sons
  • Sahodaran Ayyappan - Social reformer, follower of Sri Narayana Guru. He proclaimed "Jati Venda, Matham Venda, Daivam Venda Manusyanu" (No caste, No religion and No God for Human being" as a rejoinder to the famous words of his philosopher-guide Narayana Guru who said: "One Caste, One Religion and One God for Human Being".
  • Nataraja Guru - Disciple of Narayana Guru. He is a great sage and social reformer of India. Nataraja Guru founded Narayana Gurukulam.
  • Vakkom Abdul Kadher Moulavi (1877–1933) - A visionary social reformer and educationist, a prolific writer and fearless journalist, a noted scholar and linguist and, above all, a patriot.
  • Muttathil Sivarama Menon (1900–1983) A Visionary social reformer, teacher, writer, Social activist. Simplified the social studies school text books for 6th-11th grade for Kerala schools.
  • Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmad is Secretary-General of the Calicut-based Sunni Cultural Center (Markaz).

Sports

  • Rajiv Ouseph - English badminton player of Kerala origin, current England number 1 and World ranked 21
  • Anju George - The only Indian to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships.
  • T. C. Yohannan - Longjump gold in the 1974 Asian Games.
  • I. M. Vijayan - One of the leading Indian football players of modern times. Indian Player of the Year in 1992, 1997 and 1999.
  • Jimmy George - Legendary volleyball player.
  • Cyril Valloor - Legendary volleyball player and captain of the 1986 Indian team that won the bronze medal in Asian games.
  • Joby Joseph - Indian volleyball player.
  • Tom Joseph - Indian volleyball player.
  • P. T. Usha - One of India's greatest athletes, who missed out on a bronze medal by 0.01 seconds in the 400 m hurdles event in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
  • Tinu Yohannan - Former Indian cricket team player.
  • Sreesanth - Indian cricket player.
  • Sahil Pisharody - Youngest male certified scuba diver of India[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
  • Shiny Wilson - One of the best middle-distance runners India has ever seen.
  • Abey Kuruvilla - Indian cricket player.
  • V. Sivaraman - former National Champion, National Team Captain and National Coach of table tennis
  • M. D. Valsamma - 400m hurdles gold medal in the 1982 Asian Games.
  • Alex Oommen - High School All-Star and Legendary Orthodox Basketball Player representing OPD

Diplomats

  • Moorkoth Ramunni - First Fighter Pilot from Kerala. He gained IPS after retiring from Air Force.
  • Shivshankar Menon- Foreign Secretary.nephew to KPS Menon Jr. and grandson to KPS Menon Sr.Credited with ending India's nuclear isolation by playing a pivotal role in the negotiations with the US, the NSG and the IAEA
  • Shashi Tharoor- Former united nations under secretary and present deputy minister of external affairs of India. Mr.Tharoor was the highest ranking Indian official in the U.N.
  • Gen.Satish Nambiar- Former united nations security general.
  • Nirupama Rao- Foreign Secretary and successor of Shivshankar Menon, hail from Malappuram District, Kerala. Married to Sudhakar rao present chief secretary of Karnataka.
  • M.K. Narayanan- National Security chief and former chief of IB (Intelligence Bureau).
  • K. P. S. Menon - Diplomat who served as Indian Ambassador to China and USSR. He was the head of India's mission in Moscow when Jawaharlal Nehru visited Soviet Union in early fifties, opening a long chapter of friendship between the two countries.
  • John Mathai - Economist who served as India's first Railway Minister and subsequently as India's Finance Minister, taking office shortly after the presentation of India's first Budget, in 1948.
  • P.C. Alexander - Former governor of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu and a former Indian civil servant. He served as governor of Tamil Nadu from 1988 to 1990, and governor of Maharashtra from 1993 to 2002. Served as Indira Gandhi's private Secretary.Author of The Corridors of Power
  • N. R. Pillai - Secretary-General, Ministry of External Affairs, in Jawarhalal Nehru's cabinet.
  • Kavalam Madhava Panikkar - Was Home Secretary when Sardar Patel was the Home Minister. Had a successful career as Ambassador to different countries, including China. Authored many books.
  • T.N.Seshan - Former CEC.Credited with ensuring fair and free elections and bringing credibility to the Election Commission
  • K P S Menon Jr. - Foreign Secretary.His father, KPS Menon was independent India's first Foreign Secy.
  • E. Sreedharan - MD Delhi Metro Corp, Former CMD Konkan Railways
  • M. S. Swaminathan - Scientist: Father of the Green Revolution in India
  • Dr Verghese Kurien - Former Chairman Amul: Father of the White Revolution in India

Co-operators

Jurists

  • V.R. Krishna Iyer - Former Judge Supreme Court of India, politician, and social worker.
  • K.K. Mathew - Former Judge of the Supreme Court of India, Tenth Law Commission Chairman, and later Chairman of the Second Press Commission.
  • K. G. Balakrishnan - 37th Chief Justice of India. The only Malayali to head the Supreme Court of India and the first Dalit to do so

Performing Artists

Scientists, Technocrats

  • K.Radhakrishnan - Chairman of ISRO.
  • G. Madhavan Nair - Former chairman of ISRO.
  • M. S. Swaminathan - Famous Agriculture Scientist known as the father of Green Revolution
  • Prof. Dr. George Sudarsan - Renowned theoretical physicist; Emeritus professor at University of Texas. Nominated for the Nobel prize a number of times. First to propose the V-A Theory with Robert Marshak in the 1950s. Two American scientists later won nobel price based on the theories formed by Sudarshan.
  • M. G. K. Menon - Mambalikalathyl Govindan Kumar Menon, Renowned cosmic ray physicist; Was Director of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Later became Union Minister for Science and Technology.
  • Laurie Baker - Eco-friendly architect and engineer.
  • K. Mani Chandy, Ph.D. - Simon Ramo Chair Professor and Professor of Computer Science, California Institute of Technology. Member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Chandy's family has its roots in Mepral, Pathanamthitta District.
  • Jyeshtadeva - Mathematician; author of Yuktibasa, the world's first treatise on calculus
  • Santhosh George Kulangara could soon become the country’s first space tourist by Global space tour operator Virgin Galactic, a venture of Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic
  • Madhava of Sangamagrama - A 14th century mathematician, founder of mathematical analysis.
  • Remi Chandran - UN researcher renown for his work on Wildlife Enforcement Monitoring System Project.
  • Thanu Padmanabhan - Distinguished Professor at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • E. Sreedharan, Dr. E. Shreedhara Menon, Indian technocrat, M.D of Delhi Metro, Chairman of Konkan Railway Project.
  • Dr Jai Menon - IBM scientist in the field of data storage
  • K. C. Sreedharan Pillai Indian mathematician.
  • P. K. Venugopalan Nambiar - Indian agricultural scientist credited with the development of the first hybrid variety of black pepper in the world.
  • G. Balakrish Nair, an eminent Indian microbiologist. At present, he is the Director of National Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases (NICED, ICMR), Kolkata, India.
  • Mathai Varghese, Mathematician
  • Dr.K.T.Jacob, Pioneering Plant-Geneticist, Took over the work of Sir. Jagadish Chandra Bose.
  • Thomas Kailath
  • George Varghese
  • Thomas Zacharia
  • Devadas D. Pillai, Intel Fellow, Arizona, USA. Recognized worldwide for his contributions in the area of computer simulation and modeling of dynamic production system in semiconductor manufacturing. He is one of the most influential designers of large-scale factory and robotic automation in wafer-fab manufacturing.
  • Javad K Hassan, owner of 23 patents in Semi-Conductor Industry , Served as Head of IBM Tape Drive Division and Global Head of AMP-Tyco. His work in electron beam direct writing on semi conductors was eventually developed into the first electron beam machine for prodcution.He also introduced the revolutionary 3480 catridge tape drive systems to replace reel-to-reel tape drives.

Medicine

Law enforcement

Academic persons

  • Sardar K.M. Panikkar - Eminent historian. India's first ambassador to China.
  • K. N. Raj - Economist who played a key role in India's first Five Year Plan, one of the founding fathers of the Delhi School of Economics.
  • K. R. Narayanan President of India and Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Father V.C. Samuel World renowned theologian, historian, author and multilinguist. First Keralite of highest academic pursuit (B.A. ph, M.A. ph, B.D. th, S.T.M. th, PhD - Yale University, Post Doctoral Research Scholar - University of Chicago, Rockefeller Fellow). First Keralite became principal of a foreign university (Haili Salasi U. Addis Ababa)

Activists

  • C. K. Janu - leader of the Adivasi Gothra Maha Sabha, a social movement that has been pushing for land to be redistributed to landless adivasis and that grew out of the Dalit-Adivasi Action Council.
  • Nawab Moshihur - Social activist who stirred the conscience of the society for three decades.

References

  1. ^ John Victor Morais (translated by Abdul Razak bin Haji Abdul Rahman) (1982). Mahathir: Riwayat Gagah Berani. Arenabuku. pp. 1–Kuasa Yang Merjudikan Seorang Budak Itu Bewasa, Bab 1. 
  2. ^ "Who’s Who of Members From Ist to 11th Kerala Legislative Assembly". http://niyamasabha.org/codes/legislatorsupto2006.pdf. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  3. ^ "Awarding Talent". The Hindu. December 23, 2006. http://www.hindu.com/mp/2006/12/23/stories/2006122300530300.htm. 
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The following is a list of notable people from Kerala, India: Though many personalities in this list are/were multi-faceted, their names are classified according to their major area of work. Please ensure that brief Wikipedia articles on these personalities are linked.

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Ancient rulers

  • Saamoothiri (Zamorin, സാമൂതിരി) - Rulers of Malabar from 14th and 18th century AD.
  • Ayilyam Thirunal - Ruler of Travancore from 1831 to 1880. Also known by his literary works.
  • Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma - Last King of Travancore; Rajpramukh of Thiru-Kochi.
  • Dharma Raja - Ruler of Travancore from 1733 to 1798. Known for his Principles of Justice.
  • Marthanda Varma - Ruled in the 18th century. Generally referred to as "the maker of modern Travancore".
  • Moolam Thirunal - Ruler of Travancore. Famous for his educational reforms.
  • Raja Kesavadas - Diwan of Travancore during the reign of Dharma Raja.
  • Sakthan Thampuran - Ruler of Kingdom of Cochin during 1751-1805.
  • Sir Sri Rama Varma - a.k.a Rajarshi, Ruler of Kingdom of Cochin and Father of Modern Cochin. (Abdicated highness)
  • Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma - Erstwhile king of Travancore and a great musician.
  • Cheraman Perumal - Cheraman Perumal was the last king of undivided Kerala in the 7th century. He ruled for 36 years, and then abdicated the throne, and converted to Islam.

Independence Activists

  • Mohammed Abdurahiman Sahib - Freedom fighter and former KPCC President.
  • V.K. Krishna Menon - Toiled for India's Independence while he was in England. Diplomat, orator, and former Defence Minister of India.
  • Vakkom Majeed - Freedom fighter, former Member of Travancore-Cochin State Assembly.
  • Sir Chettur Sankaran Nair - President of the Indian National Congress (1897 -1898).
  • T.M. Varghese - Leader of Abstebtion Movement. Founder member of the Travancore State Congress. Minister of Travancore-Cochin.
  • C. Kesavan
  • U. Gopala Menon - Indian National Congress leader.
  • Sir C. Madhavan Nair - Administrator during British Rule.
  • K. Kelappan - Known as "Kerala Gandhi". Leader of the Payyannur Salt Satyagraha and the Guruvayur Satyagraha. He was also the founding President of Nair Service Society.
  • K.P. Kesava Menon - Freedom fighter, Founder-Editor of the Mathrubhumi newspaper.
  • A.V. Kuttimalu Amma - Freedom fighter.
  • N.P. Nayar - Freedom fighter and former Administrator, Azad Hind Dal.
  • Kallat Krishnan - Freedom fighter.
  • M. Kanaran - Freedom fighter.
  • C.H. Kanaran - Freedom fighter.
  • Ammu Swaminathan - Freedom fighter.
  • Lakshmi Sehgal - As Captain Lakshmi, commanded the Jhansi Rani Regiment of the INA under Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
  • Velu Thampi Dalava - Fought the East India Company at a time they were grabbing power in princely states.
  • Pazhassi Raja - Fought the British half a century before the first war of independence fought by the rest of India.
  • Panampilli Govinda Menon - One of the early freedom fighters of the princely state of Cochin. Later, became a cabinet minister under Mrs. Indira Gandhi.
  • Ammu Swaminathan - Freedom fighter.
  • George James - Rebel leader

Politicians

  • K.R. Narayanan (1921 - 2005) - Former President of India.
  • V.S. Achuthanandan - Current Chief Minister of Kerala. He was the secretary of CPI(M) state committee from 1980 to 1992 and Opposition leader of KLA from 1992 to 1996 and again from 2001 to 2006.
  • A.K. Antony - Chief Minister of Kerala during 1977-78, 1995-96, and 2001-2004. Leader of the Opposition in Kerala Legislative Assembly during 1996 to 2001. Current Defence Minister of India.
  • A.K. Gopalan (AKG) - Communist party leader. First opposition leader in Indian Parliament. Father of Indian Coffee Houses AKG. One of the most popular among all the Left leaders in India. He died on March 21, 1977 at the age of 73.
  • C. Achutha Menon-Former Kerala Chief Minister and noted Communist leader.
  • K.Damodaran- One of the founders of communist movement in Kerala.
  • C.H. Mohammed Koya - Former Chief Minister of Kerala.
  • K.C. Abraham - Former Governor of Andhra Pradesh, member of the first Kerala Legislative Assembly, and former Congress Working Committee Member.
  • C. Kesavan - The Chief Minister of erstwhile state of Travancore-Cochin from 1951-52.
  • Devan Nair - Former Head of the state of Singapore.
  • Dr. P.C. Alexander - Former Governor of Tamil Nadu and Maharashra. Former High Commissioner to UK.
  • E.K. Nayanar - Former Chief Minister of Kerala. Noted Communist leader.
  • E.M.S. Namboodiripad - First Chief Minister of unified Kerala State. Headed the first elected communist government in the world. General Secretary of CPI(M) for many years.
  • Joseph Mundassery - A prominent literary critic of Malayalam language. Education Minister in the first communist ministry of Kerala.
  • K. Karunakaran - Former Kerala Chief Minister and Congress party leader.
  • E. Ahamed - Minister of state for External Affairs, Govt. of India.
  • Lakshmi N. Menon - First woman foreign minister of India (1957-1966).
  • P. Krishna Pillai - founder of communist movement in Kerala.
  • Mathai Manjooran (1912 - 1970) - A gallant freedom fighter, socialist revolutionary, member of the Indian Parliament, Labor Minister in the 2nd EMS communist ministry, and the staunchest advocate towards the formation of Kerala State.
  • M.A. Baby - Leading leftist, present Education Minister.
  • M.G. Ramachandran - Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
  • M.P. Veerendrakumar - Writer, noted politician.
  • Monce Joseph - The youngest minister in Kerala's present Left Democratic Front ministry.
  • Oommen Chandy - Present Opposition leader of Kerala and former Chief Minister of the state.
  • O. Rajagopal - First BJP leader from state to become a Union Minister.
  • Paloli Mohammed Kutty - Minister for Local Govt.
  • P.K. Kunhalikkutty - Former State Industries Minister, Secretary of Kerala State Committee of IUML.
  • Pinarai Vijayan - CPI(M) Secretary, State Committee, Kerala and member of the Politburo.
  • Prakash Karat - General Secretary, CPI(M) National Committee.
  • P. J. Joseph - Kerala Congress (J) leader.
  • R. Sankar - Former Chief Minister of Kerala.
  • Sayeed Mohamedali Shihab Thangal - President of the Kerala state committee of the IUML.
  • Vayalar Ravi - Kerala politician. Union cabinet minister.
  • Ramesh Chennithala - President, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee. Former Lok Sabha MP.
  • V.P. Menon - The right-hand man of Sardar Patel in the unification of princely states during the formation of the Indian Union.
  • Cherian Philip - LDF leader and KTDC Chairman.
  • V.N. Janaki - Served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for a short duration following the death of her husband, M.G. Ramachandran.
  • K.R Gowri - Founder of JSS. Was a leading leftist and the first revenue minister of Kerala.
  • K.M. Mani - Leader of Kerala Congress (M) and former Minister.
  • P.K. Vasudevan Nair - Former Chief Minister of Kerala. Noted CPI leader.
  • Dr. George Thomas, Former MLA and publisher [1]

Writers

  • Akkitham Achuthan Namboodiri - A famous Malayalam poet who is honored by the epithet 'Mahaakavi'. He won the Kendra Sahithya Academy Award for Malayalam in 1973. His famous poems include 'Irupatam Nuttantinte Ithihasam. Akkitham is associated with Tapasya _ a cultural organization.
  • Anita Nair - Writer.
  • Arundhati Roy - Writer, awarded the Booker Prize in 1997 for 'The God of Small Things', which is set in Kerala. Born in Kerala.
  • Balachandran Chullikkadu - Poet admired for his realistic approach and hummable and rhythmic poems.
  • Balamani Amma - Poet; won the literary medal in India, the Saraswathi Samman.
  • Changampuzha Krishna Pillai (1911-1948) - Poet, author of the pastoral elegy 'Ramanan' (1936) which sold over 100,000 copies, a record that still stands. Changampuzha took Malayalam poetry to the zenith of romanticism.
  • Dr. Kumari Chandrika B
  • Cherusseri Namboodiri - Mahakavi (great poet), part of the old Kavithrayam (triad of poets), with Ezhuthachan and Kunchan Nambiar. Author of 'Krishnagaadha (The Song of Krishna)'.
  • K.V.Dominic -an Indian English poet, critic, editor and short story writer .
  • D. Vinayachandran - Poet.
  • Gayatri - Wrter,Painter, art and literary critic
  • Hameed Chennamangaloor - writer, progressive Muslim intellectual, critic of religious fundamentalism.
  • Kadammanitta Ramakrishnan- Noted Malayalam Poet.
  • Kamala Das - English poet and novalist, also wrote in Malayalam under the pen-name Madhavikkutty. First Indian woman to openly write about woman's sexuality. Embraced Islam under the name Kamala Suraiyya in 1999. Asian Poetry Prize, 1964, Kent Award, 1965.
  • Kesari Balakrishna Pillai - Social thinker, Literary critic who influenced a generation of writers and other intellectuals in Kerala during the first half of 20th Century. The name of one of his book "Navalokam" (New World) is symbolical representative of his intellectual contributions. Kesari read and wrote about various subjects. He gave advice and guidance most of the second generation Malayalam writers including, Thakazhi, Basheer, Pottekkadu. Kesari published a newspaper "Kesari" by which name he is known later. Kesari translated many literary works directly from French to show examples of world Literature to then Malayali writers.
  • Kumaran Asan - Mahaakavi (great poet), part of the new Kavithrayam, with Ulloor and Vallathol. Kumaran Asan was the follower of Srinarayana Guru. He used poetry to influence the society.
  • Kalakkaththu Kunchan Nambiar - Mahaakavi (great poet), part of the old Kavithrayam. Founder of the art form Ottan Thullal.
  • Kunjunni- Malayalam Poet
  • N.S. Madhavan - Writer and civil servant.
  • M. Krishnan Nair - Literary critic, whose column Sahithyavaraphalam has long served as a window to contem–porary world literature.
  • M. Mukundan - Novelist, author of 'Mayyazhippuzhayude Theerangalil (On the Banks of Mayyazhi)' and 'Deyvathinte Vikruthikal (Pranks of God)'.
  • George Menachery - Historian, Editor of The St. Thomas Christian Encyclopaedia of India, Ed., The Indian Church History Classics (The Nazranies).
  • Moothiringode Bhavathrāthan Namboothiripad - Author of the famous Aphante Makal. He was social reformer especially of the Namboothiri society.
  • Moyinkutty Vaidyar - Great poet (Mahakavi), author of many authentic Mappila songs.
  • M. P. Parameswaran - Scientist turned social activist, involved with Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad.
  • M. T. Vasudevan Nair - Writer and cinema personality. Jnanpith Award, 1995.
  • Niranam Poets - Three Great Malayali poets Madhava Panikkar, Sankara Panikkar and Rama Panikkar of the Kannassa family. They lived between AD 1350 and 1450 in the Niranam village of Tiruvalla
  • Nitya Chaitanya Yati - Scholar, monk.
  • O. Chandumenon - Author of the Malayalam novel 'Indulekha'. Also wrote the incomplete novel "Sharada".
  • O. V. Vijayan - Novelist, cartoonist. Author of 'Khasakkinte Ithihaasam (The Legends of Khasak)' and 'Dharmapuranam (The Saga of Dharmapuri).
  • P. Parameswaran - Renowned thinker. Director of Bharatiya Vichara Kendram and former President of Vivekanand Kendra, Kanyakumari. Also known as Parameswarji.
  • P. K. Gopi- Poet.
  • Paul, M.P. - Literary critic.
  • Paul Zacharia - Writer.
  • Poomulli Neelakandan Namboothiripad - An expert in arts and literature, Ayurveda, Kalari, Yoga and other performing arts from the famous Poomulli family.
  • Poonthanam - Poet belonging to the Bhakti school.
  • Raji Chandrasekhar - Poet, Medical Astrologer and Teacher.
  • Sara Joseph - Writer, Novelist, Sahitya Academy winner.
  • Shashi Tharoor - Novelist, Commonwealth Writers Prize, 1991; previous Under-Secretary-General (Communication and Public Information) of the United Nations,Deputy Minister of External affairs.
  • S. K. Pottekkatt (1913 - 1982) - A well-renowned author whose work 'Oru Desattinte Katha' (The Story of a Land) fetched him the Jnanpith award of 1980.
  • Sukumar Azhikode - Thinker, teacher, critic and orator.
  • Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai - Novelist and short story writer whose work Chemmeen was awarded Jnanpith Award in 1984.
  • Thirunalloor Karunakaran- Renowned poet, scholar,teacher and leftist intellectual
  • Thunchaththu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan - Architect of modern Malayalam. Mahakavi (great poet), part of the old Kavithrayam. Penned the most popular Malayalam renditions of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
  • Ulloor S Parameswara Iyer - Poet, part of the new Kavithrayam. Author of 'Umakeralam'.
  • Vaikom Muhammad Basheer - Writer, philosopher.
  • Vakkom Abdul Khader Moulavi - Publisher of the legendary publication Swadeshabhimani, social reformer, and a prominent leader of the progressive Islahi Movement in Kerala.
  • Vallathol Narayana Menon - Mahaakavi, part of the new Kavithrayam. Author of 'Sahithyamanjari'. Founder of Kerala Kalamandalam, the state's flagship institution for the promotion of performing arts.
  • Vayalar Ramavarma - Arguably the greatest lyricist in the history of Malayalam cinema.
  • Vayalar Sarath Chandra varma - noted young Malayalam film lyricist.
  • Vijayan, M. N - Thinker, writer, literary critic, social activist. Most of his works are compilation of speeches.
  • Vyloppilli Sreedhara Menon (1911-1985)- Famous Malayalam poet.
  • Yusuf Ali Kechery- Poet.
  • Moncy Pothen - English Novelist
  • Venu V Desom - Poet.

Business and Commerce

  • Ravi Pillai - Richest malayalee in the world. Managing Director of Nasser S Al-Hajri Corporation, Largest Employer of Indian workers in gulf, won Bharatyia Pravasi Samman Award in 2008
  • PNC Menon - Founder of Sobha developers
  • Reji Abraham - Managing Director ABAN Group of Companies
  • Rajan Pillai - Singapore based malayalee industrialist who produced Britania biscuits. Died in a jail in New Delhi.
  • Francis Lazar - Founder of Absolute Infotech Ltd., the leading software company from Bangalore.
  • Thakiyudeen Abdul Wahid - Owner of East West Airlines, One of the best private airline in India in its time.
  • Capt. C.P. Krishnan Nair - Founder of the Leela Palace Hotel. Leela Palace, Bangalore has been awarded the best business hotel in Asia.
  • S Gopalakrishnan (Kris Gopalakrishnan) - Founder and CEO of Infosys Technologies Ltd.
  • Shibulal SD - Founder and Director of Infosys Technologies Ltd.
  • Kochouseph Chittilappilly, Business man, V-Guard and highest tax payer of Kerala state.

Journalists

  • C.P.Ramachandran
  • Dileep Premachandran (PremC)- Wisden cricket journalist. Writes columns in Cricinfo, The Times, Daily Telegraph, The observer
  • Edathatta Narayanan
  • R Gopal Krishna (RGK)- Journalist and Columnist with The Times of India and The Illustrated Weekly of India
  • Rohit Viswanath- CNN Young Journalist of the Year 2006 [2]. Editorial Page writer with The Times of India.
  • C Gauridasan Nair- Noted political analyst , media critic and Special Correspondent of The Hindu
  • T.Sasi Mohan- Editor of the first Malayalam portal www.weblokam.com(formerly with Mathrubhoomi Daily)
  • T. N. Gopakumar
  • Sunnykutty Abraham- COO and Chief News Editor of [Jaihind TV ] and noted political analyst
  • Johnny Lukose- COO of Manorama News
  • B Murali
  • Dr. Sebastian Paul- Media critic.
  • John Brittas- Managing Director of Kairali TV and People TV.
  • K. C. Mammen Mappillai- Founder of Malayala Manorama.
  • Kambisseri Karunakaran
  • Keasari Balakrishna Pillai
  • K.Balakrishnan
  • K. C. Narayanan- Editor-in-Charge of Bhashaposhini.
  • K. Jayachandran- Noted Journalist who highlighted the problems of Adivasis.
  • K. M. Mathew- Chief Editor of Malayala Manorama.
  • K. M. Roy- Noted Journalist.
  • K. Raveendran Noted business journalist and Dubai-based columnist
  • K. P. Mohanan- Managing Editor of Asianet.
  • M.Shivaram
  • N. P. Chandrasekharan- Executive Editor of Kairali TV and People TV.
  • Ashraf Padanna
  • Prabhavarma- Director (News and Current Affairs) of Kairali TV and People TV.
  • Theruvath Raman
  • V. K. Madhavankutty- Noted Journalist.
  • KNK Menon - Former sports editor of The Hindustan Times and The Pioneer; the only Indian sports journalist invited by IOC to take part in the 2004 Olympic Flame relay.
  • Victor George- A talented press Photographer who was buried alive by a landslide caused by the torrential rains in July 2002.
  • R.Gopikrishnan-Noted Journalist.Deputy Editor and Unit head of Kerala Kaumudi at Kochi.Formerly worked with the Deepika and Mangalam.
  • Dr. Krishna Kishore - USA based television anchor; host of Asianet's 'America Today' and noted television news correspondent

sidhik punalur- Managing Editor of Asianet.

  • B.G. Verghese - Former Editor of The Hindustan Times.

Arts & Film

  • K. J. Yesudas - Classical musician and famous play back singer.
  • Resul Pookutty - Sound Engineer and first ever Oscar winning malayalee.
  • Jijo Punnose - Film Director - Navodaya Films - Maker of first 70 mm film in malayalam "padayottam"/ 3D film in india " My dear Kuttichathan" - National / State Award Winner
  • Appachan - Film Producer- Navodaya Films
  • Mohanlal - Famous actor and Winner of the national award for Best Actor in 1992 (Bharatham) and 2000 (Vaanaprastham).
  • Mammootty - Famous actor . Three time winner of the national award for Best Actor.
  • Murali - Famous actor.
  • Meera Jasmine - Popular South Indian Film Actress.
  • Monisha Unni - Famous Actress.
  • Manju Warrier - Malayalam Film Actress.
  • V. Dakshinamoorthy - Carnatic Music exponent and one of the greatest Malayalam Music Directors.
  • Raveendran - Famous music director.
  • Renjith - Film Director / Writer.
  • Alex Paul - Music Director
  • Adoor Gopalakrishnan - Internationally acclaimed director. Movies include Elipathayam (The Mousetrap) and Mathilukal (Walls).
  • Lohithadas - Film Director / Writer.
  • G. Aravindan - Noted film director and cartoonist. Movies include Kanchana Seeta, Kummatty (Bogeyman) and Chidambaram. His cartoon strip series 'Valiya lokavum Cheriya manushyarum' was very popular.
  • KP Kumaran - Film Maker
  • G. Devarajan - Famous music director.
  • P. Padmarajan (1945-1991)- popular film director, affectionately known a 'Pappan' whose films often blurred the line between artistic and commercial cinema.
  • P.T.Kunju Muhammed - Film Director / Writer.
  • Jayen Varma - Bass Guitarist
  • Gopal Menon - Documentary filmmaker
  • Bharathan- Popular Film Maker.
  • Blessy - Popular Film Maker.
  • Naveen Andrews - British Actor. Parents are Malayali.
  • K. S. Chithra - Renowned playback singer and winner of several state and national awards.
  • Unni Menon - Renowned Playback singer and multiple Tamil State Award winner.
  • K. G. Markkose- Singer.
  • Fazil - Film Director / Writer.
  • Kozhikode Abdul Kader - Abdul Kader made his debut as a playback singer in Malayalam films in 1951 in the film `Navalokam.' The 'Malabar Saigal' died on February 13, 1977.
  • M. Night Shyamalan - Hollywood film director.
  • Kavya Madhavan- Malayalm Film Actress.
  • Priyamani- Popular South Indian Film Actress.
  • M. G. Sreekumar - Playback singer.
  • M. T. Vasudevan Nair - Writer and cinema personality. Jnanpith Award, 1995.
  • Nedumudi Venu - Famous actor.
  • Asin-Tamil and Bollywood actress
  • Anandakuttan - Malayalam and Tamil Cinematographer.
  • Sreenivas - Play back Singer / Music Director - Kerala / Tamilnadu State Award Winner
  • Pradip Somasundaran- Playback singer who won "Lata Mangeshkar Trophy" in "Meri Awaz Suno" in 1996.
  • Prem Naseer - Popular actor of Malayalam cinema.
  • Priyadarshan- Bollywood Film Director.
  • Shaji N. Karun - Noted Film Director, whose movies include Piravi (Birth), Swam and Vaanaprastham.
  • Santosh Sivan - Famous Director and Cinematogrpher.
  • Shobana - Actress and Bharatanatyam dancer. Two-time National award winner.
  • Sujatha Mohan- Famous playback singer.
  • Thilakan - Famous actor.
  • Vayalar Ramavarma - Arguably the greatest lyricist in the history of Malayalam cinema.
  • Madhu - Actor
  • Adithya - Actor
  • Shweta Menon--Popular South Indian Film Actress.
  • Shaji Kylas - Action film director
  • Kannur Rajan - Music composer
  • Thikkurussi Sukumaran Nair - Actor
  • Kay Kay Menon--Actor
  • K.K--Krishna Kumar Kunnath--Playback Singers
  • Navya Nair--Noted Actress
  • Sibi Malayil -- Malayalam Film Director.
  • Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma -- lyricist in Malayalam cinema, son of Vayalar Rama Varma
  • Arya - Tamil
  • MGR - M.G.Ramachandran Nair - Famous Tamil Actor. Parents are Malayali.
  • GOPI (Bharath Gopi) - Famous Film, Drama Producer, Director and Actor.He died on on 29 January 2008.
  • Kaviyoor Ponnamma - Famous actress.
  • K.P.A.C. Lalita - Famous actress.
  • Madhu Balakrishnan - Famous Play back singer
  • Sathyan Anthikkad - Malayalam Film Director.
  • Suresh Kumar - First Indian to win the 'Best Photography' Award in the San Francisco Short Film Festival in 2008.
  • Urvashi - Famous Actress.
  • Hariharan - playback singer in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam,Kannada and Telugu.

Artists, painters, sculptors

Painters

Sculptor

Cartoonists

  • Abu Abraham - Cartoonist, worked for The Guardian and The Observer.
  • Cartoonist Shankar (1902 - 1989) -Renowned Indian Political Cartoonist
  • K. S. Pillai ( 1919 - 1978 ) - Famous versatile political cartoonist ( Deshabandhu, Malayala Manorama, Sarasan, Narmada)
  • O. V. Vijayan Cartoonist, writer.
  • Unni - Cartoonist,
  • Balakrishnan - Comedian(malayalam),
  • Kutty - Worked in many Indian journals including Hindustan Times
  • P. K. Manthri- Artist, Cartoonist.
  • Thomas
  • B.M.Gaffoor
  • K.A.Gaffoor
  • Gopikrishnan- Cartoonist.
  • Toms - The creator of the cartoon characters Boban and Molly.
  • Yesudasan - Famous Kerala Cartoonist. Staff Cartoonist Malayala Manorama

Illustrators

  • Baiju Paulose--Arist Illustrator Malayala Manorama
  • A. S.-(A.Sivaraman nair)-Artist Illustrator.
  • Namboodiri--Artist Illustrator.
  • Madanan--Artist Illustrator.
  • Tom J. Vattakkuzhi--Artist Illustrator.
  • Bhaskaran--Artist Illustrator.
  • Baburajan--Artist Illustrator.

Others

  • A. R. Raja Raja Varma - Linguist and grammarian known as the Kerala Panini.
  • Latha Kurien Rajeev - Art Historian / Curator / Gallerist - www.gallery360india.com
  • Robin Mathew - Painter, Poet, Writer, Philosopher, Entertainer, & Reformist within America
  • Sekar Ayyanthole - Painter, art teacher, former president of Kerala Chithrakala Parishath
  • M. V. Devan- Artist, Writer.
  • Yusuf Arakkal - Bangalore based painter.

Social reformers

  • Adi Sankara (788 - 820) - Saint, poet, philosopher and reviver of Hinduism in India. Propounded the doctrine of Advaita (non-duality), which identified the Supreme with the Self. He is revered as the Shankaracharya.
  • Mitavadi C. Krishnan - Kerala's Leading Social Reformer - 1913-1938 (See http://www.mitavadi-ckrishnan.org/)
  • Ayyankali- The leader of the backward casts in Kerala
  • Chattampi Swamikal (1853 - 1925) - was one of Kerala’s famed social reform activists and learned men.
  • C. Kesavan - The Chief Minister of erstwhile state of Travancore-Cochin from 1951-52.
  • Chekanoor Moulavi-Chekanoor Maulavi was a progressive thinking Islamic scholar, orator, teacher and tenacious religious reformer, based in Malappuram district of north central Kerala.
  • Dr. P. Palpu - Social reformer.
  • K. M. Moulavi - An active leader of the Khilafat movement and the first president of Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (1950), which is responsible for fighting social evils like dowry, superstition, and promoting education and protecting rights of women among the Muslim population in Kerala.
  • K. P. Kesava Menon - Well known patriot and active volunteer of the freedom fight against the British. Founder of Mathrubhumi daily.
  • Mathai Manjooran (1912 - 1970) - A gallant freedom fighter, socialist revolutionary, member of the Indian Parliament, Labor Minister in the 2nd EMS communist ministry, and above all the staunchest advocate towards the formation of Kerala State.
  • Mannathu Padmanabhan - Founder of Nair Service Society.
  • M. C. Joseph - Rationalist, founding editor of Yukthivadi.
  • Dr. Sunitha Krishnan - Social Activist, founder of Prajwala, an anti trafficking organization.
  • Nawab Rajendran - Social activist who stirred the conscience of the society for three decades.
  • Sree Narayana Guru (1856-1928) - Social reformer, scholar, teacher, saint and Vedantin. One of India's greatest sons
  • Sahodaran Ayyappan - Social reformer, follower of Sri Narayana Guru. He proclaimed "Jati Venda, Matham Venda, Daivam Venda Manusyanu" (No caste, No religion and No God for Human being" as a rejoinder to the famous words of his philosopher-guide Narayana Guru who said: "One Caste, One Religion and One God for Human Being".
  • Nataraja Guru - Disciple of Narayana Guru. He is a great sage and social reformer of India. Nataraja Guru founded Narayana Gurukulam.
  • Vakkom Abdul Kadher Moulavi (1877-1933) - A visionary social reformer and educationist, a prolific writer and fearless journalist, a noted scholar and linguist and, above all, a patriot.
  • Muttathil Sivarama Menon (1900-1983) A Visionary social reformer, teacher, writer, Social activist. Simplified the social studies school text books for 6th-11th grade for Kerala schools.
  • Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmad is Secretary-General of the Calicut-based Sunni Cultural Center (Markaz).

Sports

Spiritual leaders

  • Adi Sankara (788 - 820) - Saint, poet, philosopher and reviver of Hinduism in India. Propounded the doctrine of Advaita (non-duality), which identified the Supreme with the Self. He is revered as the Shankaracharya.
  • Archbishop Mar Ivanios
  • Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios
  • Sri Narayana Guru - One of the greatest saints and social reformers Kerala has seen. Was instrumental in uplifting the downtrodden masses of Kerala from spiritual and social oppression.
  • Sister Alphonsa - First female saint from India. On Sunday, 12 October 2008, Pope Benedict XVI announced her canonization at a ceremony at St Peter's Square.
  • Fr. Chavara Kuriakose - A Christian saint of Kerala. The yeoman service rendered by him led to the growth of the C.M.I. (Carmelites of Mary Immaculate) Congregation.
  • H.H Baselios Marthoma Didymos I Catholicose of All the East and Malankara Metrolitan- Spiritual Leader of Indian Orthodox Christians.
  • Amritanandamayi - Renowned spiritualist from Kerala whose charisma has won her followers from around the world.
  • Swami Chinamayananda - Founder, Chinmaya Mission

Bureaucrats

  • K. P. S. Menon - Diplomat who served as Indian Ambassador to China and USSR. He was the head of India's mission in Moscow when Jawaharlal Nehru visited Soviet Union in early fifties, opening a long chapter of friendship between the two countries.
  • John Mathai - Economist who served as India's first Railway Minister and subsequently as India's Finance Minister, taking office shortly after the presentation of India's first Budget, in 1948.
  • P.C. Alexander - Former governor of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu and a former Indian civil servant. He served as governor of Tamil Nadu from 1988 to 1990, and governor of Maharashtra from 1993 to 2002. Served as Indira Gandhi's private Secretary.Author of The Corridors of Power
  • N. R. Pillai - Secretary-General, Ministry of External Affairs, in Jawarhalal Nehru's cabinet.
  • Kavalam Madhava Panikkar - Was Home Secretary when Sardar Patel was the Home Minister. Had a successful career as Ambassador to different countries, including China. Authored many books.
  • T.N.Seshan - Former CEC.Credited with ensuring fair and free elections and bringing credibility to the Election Commission
  • K P S Menon Jr. Foreign Secretary.His father, KPS Menon was independent India's first Foreign Secy.
  • Shiv Sankar MenonForeign Secretary.nephew to KPS Menon Jr. and grandson to KPS Menon Sr.Credited with ending India's nuclear isolation by playing a pivotal role in the negotiations with the US, the NSG and the IAEA

Co-operators

Jurists

  • V.R. Krishna Iyer - Former Judge Supreme Court of India, politician, and social worker.
  • K.K. Mathew - Former Judge of the Supreme Court of India, Tenth Law Commission Chairman, and later Chairman of the Second Press Commission.
  • K. G. Balakrishnan - 37th Chief Justice of India. The only Malayali to head the Supreme Court of India and the first Dalit to do so
  • K.K. Venugopal- Well known lawyer, Supreme Court of India

Performing Artists

Science, Technology

  • Laurie Baker - Eco-friendly architect and engineer.
  • K. Mani Chandy, Ph.D. - Simon Ramo Chair Professor and Professor of Computer Science, California Institute of Technology. Member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Chandy's family has its roots in Mepral, Pathanamthitta District.
  • Jyeshtadeva - Mathematician; author of Yuktibasa, the world's first treatise on calculus
  • Santhosh George Kulangara could soon become the country’s first space tourist by Global space tour operator Virgin Galactic, a venture of Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic
  • Madhava of Sangamagrama - A 14th century mathematician, founder of mathematical analysis.
  • M. G. K. Menon - Mambalikalathyl Govindan Kumar Menon, Renowned cosmic ray physicist; Was Director of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Later became Union Minister for Science and Technology.
  • Remi Chandran - UN researcher reknown for his work on Wildlife Enforcement Monitoring System Project.
  • George Sudarsan - Renowned theoretical physicist; Emeritus professor at University of Texas. Nominated for the Nobel prize a number of times. First to propose the V-A Theory with Robert Marshak in the 1950s.
  • G. Madhavan Nair - Chairman of ISRO. He is from Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu State.
  • Thanu Padmanabhan - Distinguished Professor at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • E. Sreedharan , Dr. E. Shreedhara Menon,Indian technocrat, M.D of Delhi Metro, Chairman of Konkan Railway Project.
  • Dr Jai Menon - IBM master scientist in the field of storage
  • K. C. Sreedharan Pillai Indian mathematician.
  • P. K. Venugopalan Nambiar - Indian agricultural scientist credited with the development of the first hybrid variety of black pepper in the world.
  • G. Balakrish Nair ,an eminent Indian microbiologist. At present, he is the Director of National Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases (NICED,ICMR), Kolkata, India.
  • Mathai Varghese, Mathematician
  • Dr.K.T.Jacob, Pioneering Plant-Geneticist, Took over the work of Sir. Jagadish Chandra Bose.
  • Thomas Kailath
  • George Varghese
  • Thomas Zacharia

Medicine

  • Dr Thomas Thomas - The first Indian Cardio-Thoracic surgeon.
  • Dr Thomas Mathews - Noted Cardiologist
  • M. Krishnan Nair Leading oncologist
  • Mani Menon, Eminent Surgeon [Detroit, U.S.A.]
  • M. S. Valiathan, Cardiac surgeon, Former Vice Chancellor, Manipal University.
  • R. Kesavan Nair - Renowned surgeon

Law enforcement

Academic persons

  • Sardar K.M. Panikkar - Eminent historian. India's first ambassador to China.
  • K. N. Raj - Economist who played a key role in India's first Five Year Plan, one of the founding fathers of the Delhi School of Economics.
  • K. R. Narayanan President of India and Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Father V.C. Samuel World renowned theologian, historian, author and multilinguist. First Keralite of highest academic pursuit (B.A. ph, M.A. ph, B.D. th, S.T.M. th, PhD - Yale University, Post Doctoral Research Scholar - University of Chicago, Rockefeller Fellow). First Keralite became principal of a foreign university (Haili Salasi U. Addis Ababa)

Activists

References

  1. "Who’s Who of Members From Ist to 11th Kerala Legislative Assembly". http://niyamasabha.org/codes/legislatorsupto2006.pdf. Retrieved on 2009-07-02. 
  2. "Awarding Talent". The Hindu. December 23, 2006. http://www.hindu.com/mp/2006/12/23/stories/2006122300530300.htm. 

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