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Kunhunni Kurup (1813-1885)

He was a talented Astrologer and Sanskrit scholar. The most important of his works are Devi Mahatmyam, Kapotha Sandesham and Vyasolpathi.

Kuttamath Cheria Rama Kurup (1847-1906)

Kuttamath Cheria Rama Kurup was a dramatist, poet, grammarian and Ayurvedic physician of considerable merit. He has composed several Sanskrit works such as Subhadrapaharanam, Rukmini Swayamvaram and Sita Swayamvaram. His Sarva Garala Padmochanam is a comprehensive work on Visha Vaidyam (Toxicology). Among his Malayalam works may be mentioned Kesivadham, Kamsavadham, Sri Ramavatarams and three Thullal poems, viz., Krishnavatharam, Poothanamoksham and Ahalyamoksham.

Kuttamath Kunhi Kelu Kurup (1863-1915)

Kuttamath Kunhi Kelu Kurup, distinguished himself as a composer of Thullal poems, the most important of which are Kharavadham, Seemanthini Swayamvaram, Sita Swayamvaram, Kuchelagopalam, Sankaracharya Chaitham and Radhamadhavam. He has also organised a Thullal Kaliyogam of his own to popularise Ottamthullal.

Kuttamath Kunhambu Kurup (1855-1911)

Kuttamath Kunhambu Kurup was a great sanskrit scholar and Ayurvedic physician. Among his works are a poem called Kirtibhooshana Charitham and three dramas, viz., Vaidarbhi Vasudevam, Ushanirudham and Amsumatidharmaguptam.

Kunniyoor Kunhikrishna Kurup (1881-1944)

The most distinguished of the Kuttamath scholars is Kunniyoor Kunhikrishna Kurup, who is also known as Mahakavi Kuttamath. He is the author of several important works in Malayalam. The earliest of his literary composition is a poem called Kaliyamardanam. He has composed a few dramas such as Devayani Charitham, Balagopalm, Nachiketas, Dhruvamadhavam, Harischandra Charitham, etc and several devotional works like Sri Ramakrishnan Gita and Mukambikapuranam Kilipattu. He has also composed an Attakatha in Malayalam titled Balagopalam.

P. Kunhiraman Nair (1906-1972)

P. Kunhiraman Nair , famous poet of Kerala, hailed from Bellikoth near Kanhangad. He has worked as a Malayalam teacher and has written many poems. He was a poet of nature. He won the Kendra Sahitya Academy award for his work Thamarathoni.

T. Ubaid(1908-1972)

T. Ubaid, the cultural leader of Kasargod, was born at Thalangara in the year 1908. Proficient in Malayalam and Kannada, T. Ubaid translated many Malayalam literary pieces into Kannada and vice-versa. He was also a researcher in Moppla songs and a noted Poet of Arabia – Malayalam. Several of his poems were collected under the titles, Navarathna Malika Bashqadhara, Chandrakala etc. He was an effective speaker and member of Kerala Sahithya Academy. He died in the year 1972.

Rashtrakavi, M. Govinda Pai (1883-1963)

Rashtrakavi, M. Govinda Pai of Manjeshwar, is Kerala’s contribution to Kannada language and literature. Poet, art critic and literature researcher, M. Govinda Pai has enriched Kannada literature and poetry by his famous works and was conferred the title of poet laureate by the erstwhile Government of Madras, along with Mahakavi Vallathol. He excelled himself as a poet, nationalist, historian, dramatist and linguist. Gommata Jinastuti was the first published work of Govinda Pai. He also introduced the sonnet form in Kannad.

Sri. Vidwan P.Kelu Nair (1899-1929)

Sri. Vidwan P.Kelu Nair, a famous National Movement Leader. Born at Nileshwar, he had established a sanskrit school named Vignana Dayini at Bellikkoth. He vehemently protested against the British Imperialism. He was very famous as Poet, Dramatist, Actor and Director. Wrote many inspiring songs and poems on Indian Freedom Struggle.

Sri. Kanhangad Ramachandran

Sri. Kanhangad Ramachandran, a musician, composer and playback singer from Kanhangad, is now working as a music teacher at Durga High School, Kanhangad. He had conducted an hour long muscical concert at Kollur Mookambika temple. He is also the disciple of Ganagandharvan Padmshree K.J.Jesudas. His wife Hemma a computer engineer is also a famous singer.

Sri. Kanayi Kunhiraman

Sri. Kanayi Kunhiraman is a playback singer, a renowned artist and sculptor from Kanhangad. He had secured First class in Sculpture Diploma Course from Fine Arts College, Madras in 1960. His higher studies in sculpture field was at Slaid School of Arts (London University) in 1965. Kanayi Kunhiraman is the Chairman of Lalitha Kala Academy. His sculptures at Malampuzha (Fairy), Vely beach (Shanku), Shankumugham beach (Jalakanyaka), Payyambalam at Kannur (Mother and Child) and Kochi (Mukkda Perumal) are attracting lot of tourists. Now a days almost all awards being presented by Government are designed by Kanayi.

Sri. Punchithaya P.S

Sri. Punchithaya P.S is a famous freelance artist and is the founder of RURAL ART GALLERY at Kanchan Ganga Kalagram, Karadka, Kasargod. He was awarded the Senior artist award from Karnataka Lalitha Kala Academy in 1997, also a number of awards for watercolor landscape paintings from Kerala and Karnataka academies. He was the executive member of Karnataka Lalithakala Academy for two times. His painting collections can be seen at Karnataka Rajbhavan, museums of Thiruvanathapuram, Mumbai, Mysore and Mangalore. Click here to see some of his paintings.


Sri. A. Krishna, popularly known as Uppala Krishanan Master is a leading artist in YAKSHAGANA. By profession he is a teacher (retired). He has performed Yakshagana in various stages including foreign countries. He was awarded the Karnataka Janapadha Yakshagana Academy Award in 1996-97. He was the member of Karnataka Janapadha Yakshagana Academy. Krishanan Master is also an Actor & Director in drama, expert in Kathaprasanga, Tabala, Bhajana and Magic Show. In his profession also he had showed his talent. He was awarded the National Award for Teachers in 1993 and also he received the award from State Board for Primary Teachers, Dept. of Education, Govt. of Kerala.

Kavya Madhavan

Kavya Madhavan, renowned film actress from Nileshwar. She became popular after the release of Malayalam movie Chandranudikunna Dikkil. Kavya is also well talented in Dance, Monoact and Chakiyarkoothu.

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