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Eminent Personalities Of Kottayam

St Alphonsa

First Woman Christian saint of India.


K R Narayanan

Born in a humble family in Uzhavoor - a remote village in Kottayam, K.R. Narayanan by his hard work and dedication rose into eminence. He held many key positions under Government of India. He was the Ambassador of India in the US, and later elevated as the Vice president of India. After five years, he was unanimously elected as President of India, the first Malayali to receive the highest honour in India.

K.M. Mathew

The Chief editor of the largest circulated daily, Malayala Manorama. Padmashree K.M. Mathew is now a household name for all malayalees all over the world. Sri. K.M. Mathew started his career as a journalist and later become the chief editor of Malayala Manorama. He is a prominent figure in the social and cultural life of Kerala. The Government of India honoured him with Padmashree award.

Ponkunnam Varkey

The grand old man of Malayalam literature, Ponkunnam Varkey shot into fame with his short stories and novels. With his fiery spirit and outspoken nature he soon earned the title -'The Rebel'. He turned his ire against the conventional hypocrisy. He pictured the dishonesty and deceit prevalant in the society in his novels and stories, and urged the common men to rise against them. His rebellious nature has won him many admirers and fans.

D.C. Kizhakemury

Sri.D.C. Kizhakemury is undoubtedly the patriarch of book publishing in Kerala. D.C. Books, the publishing house started by him has grown into the largest book publishing house. D.C was also in the forefront of the freedom struggle. Also known as a coloumnist and a writer is the regularly contributing to many contemperory publications in kerala. Ravi D.C., son of D.C. follows the footprints of his illustrious father.

Kumarakom Sankunni Menon

A leading advocate in Kottayam bar, Sankunni Menon is a multifaceted personality who has a prominent place in the legal, social and cultural life of the state. A staunch supporter of leftist movement he has abiding interest in the social and financially weaker section of the society. A devoted musician, a gifted orator and a talented writer as he is, most of the time he is now spending for the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy. He is also the vice-chairman of the Academy.

Mrs. K.M. Mathew

Wife of K.M. Mathew, the chief editor of Malayala Manorama, Mrs K.M. Mathew, shares the humanitarian views of her husband. By her selfless work for the poor and needy she has occupied a prominent place in the cultural and social life of Kerala. Mrs. K.M. Mathew is the chief editor of Vanitha - the most popular women's magazine in Malayalam. Her cookbooks and recipes are very popular among Malayalees worldwide.

Arundhati Roy


Arundathi Roy is the first Indian writer to win the Booker prize, the prestigious prize given for creative writing from the common wealth countries. Her picturing of rural south Indian life - under the Syrian christian background with an autobiographical touch, gave her novel - 'The God of Small Things', world wide acclaim. Arundhati is the daughter of Mary Roy.

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