IMPORTANT PERSONALITIES

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

PADMANABHA MENON.K.P.

Born in October 1857. Father: Diwan Peshkar Sankunny Menon. Mother: Parvathy Amma. K.P.Padmanabha Menon was an eminent Advocate, Judge and Historian. Padmanabha Menon was the first person who attempted to write the history of Travancore. Through his work Kerala Charithram (History of Kerala), Padmanabha Menon surpassed the talents of his father. He also wrote Kochi Rajya Charithram (History of Cochin). He was also the Advocate General of Madras Government and member of Marumakkathayam Committee. He passed away on 1 May 1919.

PADMANABHA PILLAI, SREEKANTESWARAM.

Born on November 27, 1864 at Thiruvananthapuram. Father: Narayana Pillai. Mother Aananda Pillai Lekshmy Pillai. Sreekanteswaram Padmanabha Pillai was a scholar and lexicographer. But is popularly known as the author of Sabdatharavali, the first authoritative dictionary in Malayalam. An authentic Shabdakosham was not available in Malayalam till the publication of Sabdatharavali.He started his work on Sabdatharavali at his age of 32 and the first part of the book published in 1918. It took about 20 years to complete the dictionary, which is having 1600 pages. Padmanabha Pillai also published a pocket dictionary in 1906. Altogether he wrote about sixty books. He also served as the editor of the magazine Bhashavilasam . He passed away in 1946.

PADMANABHAN. T.

Born in 1931. T.Padmanabhan is an accomplishedshort story writer. He has written a number of short stories, which have a special beauty and attractiveness. He was the Estate Manager of the FACT, Cochin. His important works are Prakaasam parathunna penkutti, Oru kathakrithu kurisil, Makhan Singhinte Maranam, T. Padmanabhante Theranjetutha kathakal, Saakshi, Harison Sayvinte Naaya, Veetu Nashtappetta Kutti, Gouri etc.


PADMARAJAN. P.

Born on 23 May 1945. Father: Anantha Padmnabha Pillai. Mother: Devaki Amma. P.Padmarajan was a Novelist, Cine Director and Script Writer. He started his career as a programme announcer in the A.I.R. and remained there till 1986. He retired voluntarily when he began writing scripts for the films. His stories deal with violence, romance, mystery, passion and jealousy, anarchism. All stories written by him are the best ones in Malayalam literature. His very first novel Nakshathrangalae Kaaval won the Kerala Sahithya Academy award. Apart from writing film scripts for other film directors, he started to direct films based on his own screenplays. His first film is Peruvazhiyambalam. Many of his films kept a balance between intellectual and commercial applications. He introduced many new actors in Malayalam screen like Ashokan, Rahman, Jayaram, etc. He passed away on 24 January 1991.


PADMINI

Father: Thankappan Pillai. Mother: Saraswathy Amma. Padmini is a blessed dancer and actress. She excelled herself in many different styles of dance from Bharatnatyam to Western. She has acted and danced in more than 250 films. She was a top star not only in Bollywood but also in four other Indian regional language films - Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu. She was trained classical dance under Guru Gopinath. She made her film debut when she was at her age of 17, in Uday Shankar's "Kalpana". She had a film career that spanned over 40 years. She passed away on November 2006.





PANDIT KARUPPAN

Born on May 24, 1885 at Cheranallur in Ernakulam District. Father: Sri. Ayyan. Mother: Smt.Kochupennu. Pandit K.P.Karuppan was a distinguished poet and social reformer who fought against the untouchability, racial discrimination and for the uplift of oppressed class. After primary education, he underwent higher studies at the Kodungallur Kovilakom (royal mansion). The Prince of Cochin gave encouragement to him and with his aid Karuppan could study Sanskrit. He started writing poems at his age of 14 years. He was a teacher in Ernakulam Maharajas College. Later, he was elected to the Cochin Legislative Council (in 1924). Kerala Varma Valiya Koi Thampuran conferred him the title Vidwan (scholar) and the Prince of Cochin awarded him the title Kavithilakan (great poet). Lankamardanam, Nyshadham (dramas), Bhymeeparinayam, Urvasi (translations), Sakunthalam Vanchippattu, Kavyapedakam (poems), Kairalee Kouthukam, Jalodyanam, Chithralankaram, Rajarajaparvam, Vilapageetham are his works. Jathikummi, a poem written by him describes the suffering and agony of the oppressed people who faced racial discrimination at his times. He passed away on March 23, 1938.




PANICKER. K.C.S.

Born in 1911. Father: Madhava Menon. Mother:Narayani Amma. K.C.S. Panicker was a veteran visual artist. He had inborn abilities in the field of drawing and each of his work is always different and quite modern. He had done his first work at the age of 12 years. He was the Principal, Fine Arts School, Chennai and he established "Kalakendra" at Chennai. He was a Member Lalithakala Academy and won several national level awards. He passed away in January 1977.


PANICKER. K.M., SARDAR

Born on 3 June 1895. Sardar K.M.Panicker was a distinguished diplomat, author and historian. He published more than 50 works. He was Indian Ambassador to China, France and Egypt. He was the founder of the daily, Hindustan Times in 1925. Sardar Panicker also served as the Vice-Chancellor of Mysore University. He was the Member of the State Re-organization Committee immediately after independence. He passed away on 10 December 1963.



PANIKER. P.N.


Born on 3 March 1909. Father: Govinda Pillai. Mother: Janaky Amma. Sri.P.N.Panicker was the life and soul of the literacy and library movement in Kerala. The Grandhasala (Library) programme, which developed and spread throughout Kerala with the active involvement of people, was an outcome of the relentless efforts of Sri.P.N.Panicker. He passed away on19 June 1995, at the age of 86. The Government of Kerala observes 19 June annually as Vayanadinam (Day of Reading) to honour his contributions to the library and literacy movemnet.



PARAMESWARAN.P

Popularly known as Parameswarji, P. Parameswaran Born at Cherthala village in Alappuzha district in the year 1927. He completed his education in SB College Changanassery and University College Thiruvananthapuram. He came into contact with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh during his student days. He took over as organizing secretary of Jan Sangh in 1957. He was jailed during the emergency period. Parameswaran worked as Director of Deendayal Research Institute in New Delhi after his release from prison. He also keeps his close association with Sri Ramakrishna Mutt and Advaita Ashram, Kalady. Parameswaran has won many awards and recognitions. In 2004, the Government of India conferred 'Padma Sri' upon him in recognition of his valuable contributions to the society. He has authored many books in Malayalam and English. "Beyond all isms to Humanism" is one of his famous works. His books on Maharishi Aurobindo ,Marx and Vicekananda ,Chatrapathi Shivaji and Swami Vivekananda's teachings are well acclaimed. He is a renowned thinker in Kerala. He is the director of Bharatiya Vichara Kendra and the president of Vivekanada Kendra, Kanyakumari.


PAUL. M.P..

Born on May 1, 1904 at Vaappuzha. Father: Menochery Poulose. Mother: Rosamma. M.P.Paul was an eminent critic. He was a teacher in St.Thomas College, Thrissur, S.B.College, Chanaganassery and Mar Ivanious College, Thiruvananthapuram. He also established tutorical centres at Thrissur, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram, which were the centres of knowledge. He was he founder President of Sahithya Pravarthaka Sahakarana Sanghom. Cherukathaprasthanam, Novel Sahithyam and Soundary Nireekshnam are some of his famous works on literary criticism.




PAZHASSI KERALAVARMA RAJA

Actual date of birth of Pazhassi Raja is not known. It is believed that he was born in 1775. Pazhassi Raja belonged to Kottayam dynasty of North Malabar. When Tippu Sultan invaded Malabar many royal families migrated to Travancore. But Pazhassi Raja did no migrate. He established hiscapital at Pazhassi and defended Tippu Sultan. Since his capital was at Pazhassi, he was known after his capital. He was a great patriot who fought against British supremacy over the native states. He was a master in guerilla warfare. Though he fought courageously against the British, he was defeated in the year 1805. He swallowed his diamond ring and committed suicide before being caught by the British soldiers.


PILLAI.G.P. BARISTER

Born on February 2, 1863. Barrister GP Pillai was one of the earliest Indian Freedom Fighters from Kerala who fought against the British Empire with his powerful writings. Barrister G.P. Pillai is the only Keralite mentioned in the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi. G.P. Pillai completed his BA from the University of Madras. Later her was admitted to the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in London. Barrister GP Pillai played a major role in the formation of "Malayali Memorial" in 1891. He is the founder of Madras Standard, the first English language newspaper in South India. Even before forming the idea of national feeling, Barister G.P.Pillai shook the British Empire through his powerful writings.Though he lived only for 39 years, his life was eventful and lasting for many years. He was an eminent Journalist and Advocate. He fought against the autocratic rule of Diwan of Travancore. His nnumerable articles mainly criticizing the authorities made him a sour in the eyes of administrators. "Represent India" "Indian National Congress Men" are his famous works. He passed away on October 21, 1903.




PRAKASH KARAT

Born in 1958. Prakash Karat is the General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). He was the State Secretary of CPM Delhi and member of party's Polit Bureau. He is a member of famous Karat family at Palaghat belonging to Karat Achutha Menon who wrote Viruthan Sanku, a famous Malayalam Novel.


PREKASH BABU.K

Born on 14.05.1955
Father: G.Krishna Pillai
Mother:Ambujakshy Amma

Prekash Babu is the Assistant Secretary of the Communist Party of India, Kerala State Council from 2012 and formerly he was the Secretary of CPI Kollam Dist. council. He represented Pathanapuram constituency of the Kerala Legislative Assembly twice (from 1991 to 2001). He was the Chairman of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation for the period from 1996 to 2001. He also served as a member of the Senate of the Kerala University and President of the All India Kissan Sabha Kerala State council. Formerly he served as the Headmaster of Manjakkala U.P.S which was later upgraded and now named as Indira Gandhi Memorial Vocational Higher Secondary School in Kollam District.  After taking law degree, he started practice at the Courts at Punalur in Kollam Dist. He also served as the President of Avaneeswaram Service Co-operative Bank from 1987 to 2002, President of Pathanapuram Thaluk Marketing Co-operative Society and the President of Kollam District Co-operative Group Hospitals. He also served as a member in the Committee for Decentralisation in Kerala headed by Prof. S.B. Zen (Zen Committee) and served as the Vice Chairman of Consultative Committee for Local Self Governments in Kerala from 2006-2011.

PREM NAZIR


Born in 1929 March at Chirayinkil near Thiruvananthapuram. Prem Nazir was the super star and evergreen hero of Malayalam cinema having many records. He found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for having acted in largest number of films. Hero of more than 700 films, hero of largest number of films in which he paired with same heroine, release of 39 films in a year are some of his other records. His genuine name is Abdul Khader. He graduated from the S.B.College, Changanassery. He made his first appearance in the silver screen in the year 1952 through the film Marumakal. He was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India. Enne Thediyethiya Kathapathrangal is his autobiography. He passed away on January 16, 1989.

  POONTHANAM

Poonthaanam was an ardent devotee of Guvuvaayoorappan and one of the important devotional poets of Malayalam. He is believed to have lived before Ehuthachan. His famous work is Jnanappana. Jnanappana is the expressions of his grief-stricken feeling on the death of his only son. It is the most reminiscent, dynamic, simple, natural and melancholic poem in Malayalam. He wrote poetry as an effective medium of self-expression. . Santhaana Gopalam Pana, Ghanasamgham, Sreekrishna Karnamritam, Aanandamritham, Noottettu Hari are his other works.