There are several noted personalities belongs to Kunhimangalam who gave immense contributions to the society. (Late) P. Bharathan, C.R. Nambiar, Chenoli Bhaskaran, Chindan Kutty Nayanar, Damodara Panicker, C.V. Damodaran, Devi Teacher,K.G.Maller, Artist Ganesh Kumar, C.V. Gopalan Master, Guru Chandu Panicker, Janardanadas Kunhimangalam, A. Janardanan, K.A. Keraleeyan, K.C. Nambiar, Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair, Kalikkote Raghavan Nambiar, (Late) Khan Abbas, M.P. Krishnan Master, Kunhimangalam Azeez, Kunhimangalam Balan, Adv. Kunhimangalam Damu,Kunhimangalam Vijayan Master, M. Kunhiraman, U. Kunhiraman, Kuppadakkath Kunhikrishnan Nambiar, V.V. Madhavan Nayanar, M.N. Marar, M.P. Murali, K.T. Narayanan Master, Artist Narayanan Master, T.C. Narayanan Nambiar, C.K.P. Padmanabhan, Dr. Padmarajan, Panchu Teacher, Pappan Master, M.E. Parameshwaran Namboodhiri, Raghavan Master, Dr.M. Ramachandran, P.M. Ramunni Master, (Late) Abdul Khader (Sath), Cine Artist Sheethal, Shijith Kumar, Srinivasan, (Late) Thamban Vaidyar, V.R. Nayanar, Varikkara Kunhiraman Nayanar, Dr. M. Vijayanunni Nambiar and Vishnu Bharatheeyan are some among them.

Sr.# Name Category
1 Dr.M.Vijayanunni. IAS Administration
2 Dr.M.Ramachandran. IAS Administration
3 Kunhimangalam Vellen Commendable Felon
4 Balakrishnan Nambiar.K. Fine Arts
5 Deepak Maller Fine Arts
6 Ganesh Kumar Fine Arts
7 Narayanan Master Fine Arts
8 V.R.Nayanar General/Freedom Fighter
9 Guru Chandu Panickkar Performing Arts
10 Prof. Janardhanan.A. Performing Arts
11 Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair Performing Arts
12 Sheethal Performing Arts
13 Shijith Nambiar Performing Arts
14 Damodaran.C.V. Politics / General
15 Kunhiraman.U. Politics / General
16 Narayana Marar.M. (M.N.Marar) Politics / General
17 Thamban Vaidyar Politics / General
18 Dr.Lekha A Services
19 Dr. Ganesh B Mallar Services
20 Dr.K.T Damodaran Science & Technology
21 C.R.Nambiar Social Worker

Born in 1947 in Kunhimangalam in the Mundyat taravad.Son of Ramapurath Kunhi Rama Poduval of Payyanur and Mundyat Chinnammu Amma and grandson of Varikkara Govindan Nayanar of Kunhimangalam.Studied in various institutions including Municipal High School,Cannanore, St Joseph's High School,Tellicherry, BEM High School,Palghat, Victoria College,Palghat, Government College,Kasaragod and Kerala University Geology Department,Trivandrum. Was elected Chairman(Speaker) of the College Union in 1964-65 in Government College, Kasaragod. Passed B.Sc.(Geology) in 1965 and M.Sc.(Geology) in 1967 securing first rank in the then undivided Kerala University extending over the whole Kerala state.

Started career as a public sector executive in FACT, Alwaye in 1967 and then was selected to the IAS and joined the home state cadre in 1969. Thereafter worked in various positions in the Government of Kerala and Government of India during the next 37 years. During 1977-1979, was Collector of the then undivided Cannanore district including the present Kannur district, Kasaragod and North Wayanad. Worked as Secretary and Principal Secretary and Member of the Board of Revenue in charge of various departments including Industries, PWD, Personnel, Labour, Co-operation, Local Government Taxes, Revenue, Planning and Economic Affairs as Resident Commissioner of the Government of Kerala in New Delhi and as Secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala when E.K.Nayanar was the Chief Minister. Compiled the pioneering IAS Training Manual for the first time in India which is a guiding light for Civil Service Officers. Became Additional Chief Secretary and finally Chief Secretary of Kerala,retiring from Government service in 2006.For having upheld the highest norms of probity, rectitude and public service throughout,the people of Kunhimangalam and around fondly honoured this fellow-citizen of theirs for his "unblemished service career which enhanced the prestige of their land and earned him an undying niche in their heart",at a public reception held at Kunhimangalam on 23 January 2006.

Holds a Ph.D. in Population Science. Was Director of Census Operations, Kerala state during 1979-1984 in charge of the 1981 Census. Awarded the President's Census Medal. Later became Registrar General, India and Census Commissioner of India during 1994-1999 in charge of the 1991 and 2001 Censuses of India. Published numerous books and papers on census and population matters. Active in the field of population matters by writing papers and giving talks.

Dr M.Vijayanunni IAS meets Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh leading a delegation on Census 2011 and addressing a press conference at Parliament House later on..

Born in 14th June 1950 (at Coimbatore) since his father (Shri RKR Poduval) was working there at that time. Mother Smt Mundayat Chinnammu Amma (now settled in Kochi) and grandson of Varikkara Govindan Nayanar of Kunhimangalam.

His school education was at different places like Thalasseri, Kannur, Payyannur, briefly in Kunhimangalam also, Palghat and Kozhikode. BA (Eco & Hist) with first rank from Malabar Christian College, Kozhikode. MA Eco with first division from Maharaja's College, Ernakulam.

Joined the IAS at the age of 22. Allotted to UP cadre. Worked as District Collector in Bijnor and Rae Bareli districts. Later worked as Divisional Commissioner of Meerut, Garhwal and Bareilly Divisions. Was Secretary to UP Govt., in charge of Higher Education and later Principal Secretary for Transport. Worked as Secretary to Ministers in the Central Govt. first with Sri SM Krishna and then with Sri Arun Nehru in the Ministries of Industry, Finance, Commerce, Power and Internal Security. Worked on deputation with the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) for 5 years.

Also worked as Joint Secretary to Govt of India in the Ministry of Shipping. Was on the Board of Directors of the Shipping Corporation of India, Cochin Shipyard, Inland Waterways Authority of India, Cochin Stock Exchange, Chennai and Mumbai Port Trusts.

Allotted to the Uttaranchal State when the state was created in 2000. Worked as Principal Secretary (Education), Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Additional Chief Secretary in charge of Infrastructure supervising 16 departments and was Chief Secretary, Govt of Uttaranchal from October 05 to october 06 Then appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development in Govt of India since 1 Nov 2006 Awarded Phd for Project Planning and Appraisal with special reference to India by Uni of Lucknow Currently piloting govt of India's prestigious Rs 50 000 crore Jawaharlal National Urban Renewal Mission for Indian cities
The Infrastructure initiatives taken by him in this new state is widely appreciated. Brought out publication titled "Uttaranchal-Ideas that Worked" the first copy of which was received by the President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on 14 August 2005.

Married to Mallika (grand daughter of late Sri PR Nambiar of Guruvayur) Daughters Sarojini working with a multinational investment company and Anupama has worked with NDTV and is currently working with a production company as Associate Producer.

He is a bureaucrat with an excellent record, known for Sincerity, Hard work and Commitment to the cause of development

Vellen was not a renowned artist, personality or a politician but a notorious thief very well known among the people of this village and the neighbouring villages, recognized by the nickname of ‘Kunhimangalam Vellan’ who had caused terrors in the hearts of landlords and proved friend to the poor and deprived people. Vellen was lived during the end of 19th century and the beginning of 20th century. His original name was not known to anyone but called him as “Vellen” (fair complexion man) because of his fair complexion. Even though “Vellen” was a notorious thief, we cannot classify him as a mere thief as he had some exceptional qualities in him. He only robs the affluent and distributed the looted things, money, etc.. among the destitutes and the oppressed in the village. Therefore, many people loved him for the efforts he took for them and even they protected him from the police. He had a large number of disciples in and around Kunhimangalam and Cheruthazham area. He belongs to Muslim community and there exists a number of adventurous stories about “Vellen”. He was considered as a great humanitarian. As every bad deeds has its end, in the same way Vellan fell in the hands of Police while he was hiding the golden idle which was stolen from the “Sree Krishna Temple” at Kadalayi in Chirakkal. It is believed that the British police treated him very badly after he was trapped, smashed the shells of both his knees and deported to the Islands of Andaman.

KB is a multi faceted personality excelled in different dimension of personal and official life. Born in 1927 December 5th, he lived till July 2005. Started his career as a Teacher at St. Paul's School, Trikaripur, he was actively involved in freedom fighting movements and eventually was a State Government Pensioner of Freedom Fighters.

KB worked as a Sub-editor of Chitra Kerala Magazine in 1949, published in Chennai. He has also sketched for a Children's Tamil Daily named "Chiraithumba". Many an articles of KB was published in Malayalam news papers and magazines like Mathrubhoomi, Kaumudi, Jayakeralam and to name a few. He worked as a reporter of Mathrubhoomi Daily Trikariupur area and his sketched and paints were published in Mathrubhoomi. Books of KB published include Deepashikakal, Bharataratnangal, Vishwakalakarnmar. In addition, recitations and programs of KB through Aakashavani were not unknown to Keralites. He was also a prominent painter during his early years and professional life.

In the official capacities he has been chaired as Director of Karivelloor Service Co-op Bank, Committee Member of Govt Hospital Advisory Board and Sub-editor of "Malabar" evening news paper.

In recognition of his literary activities, he has been awarded endowments from Kerala Sahitya Kala Academy and Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy. Kunhimanglam's living painting legend Mr. Raghavan Nambiar is KB's brother.

Musician, Composser, Actor
Born : 20th March, 1971
Parents : Mr. Subrahmanian Maller, Mrs. Sunitha Maller
Education : Pre-Degree, ‘Ganabhooshanam’{From Swathithirunal Music Academy, Trivandrum}
Performance : All Over India
Profession : Music Teacher

Working Institutions : 1. ‘Nadabramha’ Kalakshethram, Cherupuzha, Kasargod, Kerala.2. ‘Pranavam’ School Of Arts, Kunhimangalam, Kannur, Kerala.3. ‘Kalagruham’ School Of Performing Arts, Pilathara,Kannur, Kerala.4 ‘Gurukulam Arts Center Payyanur, Kannur, Kerala.5 ‘Niram’ Creative Centre, Kunhimangalam, Kannur, Kerala.

Permoming Groups : 1 .’Nisari’ Orcastra, Payyanur, Kannur, Kerala.2. ‘Swathi’ Orcastra, Payyanur, Kannur, Kerala.

Karnatic Music Concerts : Ø Subrahmanya Swami Temple, Payyanur, Kerala,1995Ø Hanumarambalam, Cheruthazham, kannur, Kerala, 1995Ø Kodungallur Bhagavathi Temple, Kodungallur, Kerala, 1996Ø Mookambika Temple, Kunnaru, Kerala, 1997, 98, 99Ø Chovva Shiva Temple, Kannur, Kerala, 1997Ø Muneeswaran Kovil, Kannur, Kerala, 1997, 98, 99Ø A.K.K Auditorium, Payyanur, Kerala, 1999Ø Vittoba Temple, Payyanur, Kerala, 1996, 97, 99Ø Gandhimaydan, Payyanur, Kerala, 1996Ø Ayyappa Temple, Cherupuzha, Kasargod, Kerala, 1999Ø Nadabramha Auditorium, Cherupuzha, Kasargod, 1998, 99, 2000, 04, 05, 06Ø Trippanikkara Shiva Temple, Kunhimangalam, 2000, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 Ø Periyatt Mahashiva Temple,Pilathara, Kannur, Kerala, 1997, 2004, 05Ø Veerachamundi Temple,Kunhimangalam, Kannur, 1996, 99, 2002, 04, 05, 06Ø Madathumpadi Bhoothanatha Temple, Kunhimangalam, Kerala, 1997, 2000Ø Kuruvattu Sri Krishna Temple, Kunhimangalam, Kerala, 199, 2003Ø Mahadeva Temple,Payyavur,Kannur,1997,98,2001,03Ø Niram Creative Centre, Kunhimangalam, Kannur, 2001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06

Cassetts/ CDs Released [Composed And Sang] : 1. ‘Devarchana’ Konkani Devotional Songs2. ‘Poomala’ Malayalam Devotional Songs3. ‘Muthappa Nadanam’ Malayalam Devotional Songs4. ‘Hanuman Suprabhatham’ 5, ‘Shabareesham’ Ayyappa Devotional Songs6. ‘Muthappa Thrippadam’ Malayalam Devotional Songs7. ‘Aaryapoonkanni’ Malayalam Devotional Songs8. ‘Vedavyasa Sahasranama Sthothram’9. ‘Perinchelluramma’ Muchilot Devotional Songs

Other Perfomence : Permofed As An Actor In A Professional Drama Troup For Three Years

Address : ‘Krishna Thulasi’Maller’s HouseKovvappuram P.OKunhimangalamKannur, Kerala,IndiaPin .670309.

Tel : 0497 2810011

Kunhimangalam is the mine of inborn artists and it’s topped with cream of beauty and richness of heritage which altogether gives a wonderful effect to the art Mr.Ganesh Kumar, one of the two crippled artists in the whole world lives in Kunhimangalam. His hands and legs were crippled by the Polio attack. But he never lost his hope and took his life as a challenge. He painted his imagination on canvas holding the brush in his mouth which took him to the heights of success in the whole world and made his land feel proud. He also conducted many exhibitions of his paintings which also enhanced the glory of this tiny village. He is a member of MFPA (Mouth & Foot Painting Association). He had conducted the exhibitions of his paintings in Taiwan, Rome, Switzerland, Canada apart from Bombay, Delhi and almost all the towns of Kerala. Ganesh had won the National Award of " Outstanding Young Indian" in 1993 from the Government of India.

The 9 feet tall the renowned sculptor and artist, Kunhimangalam Narayanan Master, visualized statue of AKG, made out of brass, weighing approximately 1300 kilograms, installed at Parliament complex, New Delhi. He has also made another statue of AKG, engraved in brass, weighing around 300 kilograms, which is installed at the central committee office of CPI-M at New Delhi. Sri Narayanan Master has made a lot of landmark statues in and around Kannur district. The Quit India memorial statue in front of Office of the Registrar, Payyanur, the Gandhiji statue at the Gandhi Mandiram, the AKG statue at Kannur and the statue of Swami Anantha Theertha at Moozhikkara Sree Narayana Guru Mandiram are few among them.

Kunhimangalam is not only a place of art and beauty but also a land of politicians. Several prominent personalities took vigorous participation in the freedom struggle. The most outstanding and esteemed personality among the freedom fighters is Mr. V.R.Nayanar, B.A. graduate who gave up his life for the unification and upliftment of the Harijans. His selfless and tireless efforts for the well-being of his fellowmen grabbed place in the hearts of the people.Nayanar the eldest son of Mr.Rairu Nambiar and Smt. Kalyani Amma was born in 1900. During his period, cruel epidemic, poverty and merciless famine was gulping down human life. In addition to it Malabar commotion dragged people into utter depression. People especially of lower strata found themselves wedged in incessant wretchedness. They experienced the zenith of torment and pangs due to lack of food, shelter & medical support to fight the contagious diseases. The sufferings of the poor people stirred his heart and provoked him to pull them out of the mire of despair. He sacrificed all the pleasures and luxuries of worldly life and resolved to serve the downtrodden. He served the urchins and orphans as a guardian and provided more congenial shelters to them. He traveled around the country amassing food, clothing and medicines and distributed them to the poor and needy ones.
Similarly during 1943-1944, when fatal cholera started its havoc, the consequence was massive destruction of human life and spread clouds of misery around. At such troubled hours advanced medical treatment was also not available. During this critical state, Nayanar appeared as an angel to extend solace to the disheartened lives. He reached every door of the victims of epidemic and offered free medical treatment. Thus he treated and rescued each ailing inmates from deathly stage, neglecting his own life and took all probable measures to pin down this disease. He was like a candle burning self and lightening others. His humanitarian activities during the communal unrest and desolation made him immortal. He deserves full fledged tribute for his relentless efforts for communal harmony and welfare. He shone like a Pole star for his laudable and immaculate activity in social field and still venerated by the inhabitants of this state. Later he had also established orphanages in Kozhikode, Ponnani, Dharmadam and Payangadi (Pazhayangadi) and repatriated orphans.

Guru T.K.Chandu Panikkar Kathakali, an inimitable form of dance is one of the cultural treasures of Kerela which was mastered by many artists. But one who has reached the pinnacle and adorned this art was Acharya T.K.Chandu Panikar. Sri Chandu Panikkar, a legend of Kathakali and pride of Malayalees as well as to the great art of Kathakali itself is a native of Kunhimangalam
Acharya was born on 10th March 1875 to Sri Achan Veettil Raman Nair and Smt Thotton Karakkadan Ucchira in Trikkarppur. At his small age he started training in "Ottan Thullal" under the guidance of Karivellur Vazhakkodan Kannan Nair at Thazhakkattu Mana. Afterwards, in 1893 he began his lessons in Kathakali under Sri.Chamrakulathu Gopala Panikar for one year and then he became prime student of renowned Guru Tholanoor Valiyathodi Eachra Menon at Thazhakkattu Mana. Under the feathers of Guru Eachra Menon, he turned into full-fledged Kathakali artiste and earned fame. He was first introduced on the stage in the role of Arjuna in "Subhadra Haranam". For 12 years he remained as a part of Thazhakkattu Mana Kathakali Yogam but he left the yogam after the demise of Shri Vasudevan Thirumunbu. Then Shri Panicker became the leader of another fresh Kathakali Yogam at 'Kodothu' but soon left due to personal reasons. Later, up on the request from his admirers, he took charge of 'Varanakkottu' Kathakali Yogam for few years. During this period he moulded a talented student, Puthiyadathu Krishnan, into a jewel and christened him as Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair. He became in charge of few other well known Kathakali Yogam but he has to quit each time due to some personal commitments. Later, he took charge as Guru of the Kathakali troupe of Vatakkancheri Valiya Mana of Cochisseema and this troupe performed constantly in the palaces of Cochin Maharajas at Trichur. He also taught famous dancer Ramgopal at his school "Kalakendra" in Bangalore. Aasan Panicker served the Institute of Yakshagana at Dharamstala, and then worked as Guru of Kathakali Yogam for two years at Parassinikkadavu. Again, Aasan was offered to be the head of the Kodothu Kathakali troupe under the leadership of Sri. Kodothu Krishnan Nair in the year 1946. He has promoted many of the talented dancers who has achieved success and are the exponent of Kathakali in various parts of the country.

Sri Panicker had a good collection of Kathakali plays which he knew by rote. He promoted Kalladikkodan tradition much in which more stress on Bhava and Angasuddha was laid. He had earned name and honor for the characters of Dharmaputra, Bheema, Durvasa, Hanuman, Daksha, etc. he portrayed. Sri. Chandu Panikkar Aasan was invited to be the head of the Kathakali section at the world famous Kalakshetra, by its founder and Director Smt. Rukmini Devi Anundale in the year 1948. He also had the privilege of being the Head of Kathakali Dept. for 16 years (1948-1964) at Kalakshetra, Channai.

For his performance in this field, he was honored with the title of "Veera Srinkala" in 1903 by the Samuthiri Raja of Kozhikode, and then he received two gold medals from Cochin King. Chandu Panicker was offered National Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 1958 and in recognition of his devotion to art; he was awarded 'Veer Srinkala' and 'Kesabharam Kireetam' by the Association of Namboothiris at Talipparamba. He also rendered active support to Smt. Rukmini Devi in choreographing few of her dance dramas and also acted in some of her major Dance dramas at the age of 80. He was utterly dynamic and resourceful till his death on 16th January 1969 at his residence in Kunhimangalam at the age of 94.

Prof. A.Janardhanan (Former Principal and Prof: Emeritus of Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts)
Kalakshetra Foundation, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai - 600 041.

Born in Kerala on 25.04.1942 to famous veteran Kathakali Exponent Asan T.K. Chandu Panikkar. He had his training in Kathakali under his father Chandu Panikkar and in classical Bharatanatyam under Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale. Prof. Janardhanan was a recipient of Govt. of India scholarship for two years for advance training in Kathakali and during this period he had his training under late Padmasree Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair, the prime disciple of Sri. Chandu Panikkar also for more than one and half years. He had taken Post-Diploma in Kathakali with distinction in 1966 and had been working in Kalakshetra since June 1966 as Kathakali and Bharatanatyam Teacher. Continued to participate in all the Dance-dramas produced by Rukmini Devi Arundale in Major roles since 1959 and participated in all the cultural activities of Kalakshetra. The Performances Given:

Participated in all the Dance-dramas produced by late Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale since 1959 staged at Annual Art-festival at Madras/Chennai and other cities in India and abroad. He continued to take part in the Dance-drama in lead roles till his retirement as Principal and Prof.: Emeritus. Had toured with Kalakshetra troupe to west and East European Countries, Nepal, Australia, Srilanka, Russia, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Fiji islands, China Singapore, Malaysia Reunion and America. ASSISTED SMT. RUKMINI DEVI IN THE INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION HELD IN MOSCOW IN 1981. Important Roles

Prof.A.Janardhanan in Kathakali-Kathi Vesham Almost all the major roles and mainly as Sri Rama in Ramayana, Buddha in Buddha Avataram, Kuchela in Kuchelopakhyanam, as Pandia King in Meenakshi Vijayam, as Rukmi, fortune teller, Bhishmaka & Brahmin in Rukmini Kalyanam, Bheema in Damayanthi Swayamvaram, King Nagaraja and Nanan (Minister) in Kannappar Kuravanji, Mahabali in Kurma-Avataram, Vajrasen, Kotwal and Uttiya in Tagore's Play Shyama, Bhramin Ajamila in Ajamilopakhyanam, Jayadeva in Bhakta Jayadeva. Duryodhana in Panchali Sapatham, Purandara Dasa in Siri Purandara, Prabhudeva in Akkamahadevi and most of the Major male roles in regular Kathakali Performances.

After the demise of the founder Smt. Rukmini Devi, Prof. Janardhanan was the key person to revive almost all the major Dance-dramas of her (Rukmini Devi) and he led the Kalakshetra troup both in India and abroad. Also he took major part in marking Rukmini Devi's birth centenary celebrations and grand success. Organised several lecture-demonstrations on Rukmini Devi's Dance-dramas in the city of Chennai and other parts of India.

Choreographed two major Dance-dramas for Kalakshetra "Karna Sapatham" in Malayalam and "Siri Purandara" in Kannada which were well received and appreciated.


a) In recognition of his service to the field of Arts (Kathakali & Bharatha Natyam) he was honoured by the Sankaracharya of Kanchi Kamkoti with a Gold Medal & Shawl.

b)Sri Bharathalaya of Padmashree Prof. Sudharani Raghupathi honoured Prof. Janardhanan with the award of "BHARATHA KALA SAGARA" on 7th July 2002.

c) Received the award "NATANA BHASKARA" on 17th May 2003 from Bhaskara of Dhananjayans at Payyanur (Kaithapram) Kerala.

d) He has been invited to be the External Examiner in Dance (Bharata Natya) by various Universities and Art centers in India as well as abroad.

e) Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy honoured Janardhanan with "KALAPRATIBHA" Puraskar at Chennai on 5th February 2006.

Prof.: A.Janardhanan was the PRINCIPAL and later Prof.: EMERITUS, Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts, Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai - 41 and retired in the year 2004. Prof.: A. Janardhanan still with good Physique, is conducting private classes in both Kathakali and Bharatanatyam at G-1, Land Marvel Apartments, No.9, Kalakshetra Road, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai - 600 041.

'Periyalwar' in Kalakshetra's "Andal Charitram" - Dance-drama Prabhu Deva" in Akkamahadevi - Dance-drama Kathakali Demonstration (gesture - "tiger") As Ravana in the Dance-drama "Sita Swayamvaram" - Ramayana

Krishnan Nair was born in 1914 at Kunnubaram in Chirrakal taluka. His childhood was cradled in poverty and forced to bid adieu to formal education.

In the betwixt of eminent artists in Kerala, Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair glitter as a renowned and distinguished artist. Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair, a precious gem unearthed by his guru Sri Chandu Panicker had achieved success and fame in Kathakali. He was brought up in the surrounding of traditional art which motivated him to take Kathakali as his life force. He started practicing Kathakali under the tutelage of Guru Chandu Panicker at Vaaranokottillam Kathakali Convention. His uphill struggle, inner strength and perseverance reaped him laurels and recognition. His life itself is like an invincible epic of an art aficionado. He had blended all color of expressions and manner together in a prism, which emitted the final combination of exquisite art. Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair had furnished an eternal and significant place for Kathakali in the circle of art. He stood like a colossal crest in his field and his contribution was inestimable for art. His contribution to the art has won him appreciation and glory. Krishnan Nair's Life was a great epic like the Kathakali Art, and has gained laudable admiration for his contribution to the art.

His boundless journey of achievements is accounted for his incredible support of inner strength and accumulated morale. His life is a true story of unbeatable triumphant epic. A story of a devoted and dedicated soul, accessing and arraying all flakes and flavours of modes and expressions of the great art Kathakali, beading and drawing in the same string, he contributed a luminous individual trail to the exquisite art. With this splendid work in the heartland of Kerala, he stood as a glossing tower of the art. Contributing a perpetual and noteworthy position to Kathakali Art and enriched its sanctity eternally, Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair passed away in 1990. His departure was an irretrievable loss to the consecrated art as well as the art lovers of Kerala.

The cine artist and the famous model Ms. Sheetal belongs to Kunhimangalam. She had small but impressive role in the hit film of Roshan Andrews, “Udayananu Tharam”. Since the film became a big hit, she expects more opportunities in the film world.

She played the heroine role against Sai Sagar in a Kannada film called “Mantal Manch”. She also played a role in a T.V. serial called “Kadambari”. She was crowned as “Miss Bangalore” during the year 2000 in the event conducted by Dream Merchants. She has been modeling for quite number of famous companies’ products. She also worked as an “Air Hostess” with Singapore Airlines for a short period of time.

Shijith Nambiar Son of Smt.Vijayakumari and Sri.P.Raghavan Nair (Rtd. A.E.O.) was drawn into performing art at a very young age. His initial training in the classical dance form of Bharatanatyam began under the tutelage of Sri N V Krishnan. As a student in Kunhimangalam Higher Secondary school, Shijith has achieved many awards in District and State Level Youth festivals in the arts of Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi and to name a few. He has been conferred the title Kalaprathibha in the year 1995-96 and has contributed in bringing laurels to the school.

Later he joined, Kalakshetra - world-renowned fine arts institute in India where he mastered in performing arts. During his studentship in Kalakshetra, he was fortunate to having learnt under various eminent gurus such as Sri.A.Janardanan, Smt.Pushpa Shankar and Jyolsna Menon.

In the professional field, he is a multi faceted young talent in Bharatanatyam, Mridangam playing, choreography and several dance ballads. Shijith has acted in Jaya TV Serial "Thaka Dhimi Tha". He has also staged ballads and solo recitals in France, West Indies and other Indian cities. He is an accomplished teacher and imparts his knowledge to young talents.

C.V Damodaran Chemballi Valiyaveettil Damodaran (CV) was born in June 1936, son of Sri Keppu Adiyodi and Smt. Sreedevi Amma C.V. Completed his school education in Gopal UP school and Payyanur High School. During the school days when CV was studying in 8th standard (then ESSLC), suspension of one of his class-mate by the management for no reason provoked him. He has initiated to call for a strike against the school manager (who is interestingly his own uncle) and succeeded in the move to reinstate the student. In his political career, he was working as member of CPI Madayi Mandalam/Area Committee since 1960 and subsequently from 1964 he is the member of CPI(M) area committee. Presently he is holding the positions of Area Committee Secretary and District Committee Member of Karshaka Sangham. In 1965, he was arrested with Thamban Vaidyar for their participation in the Collectorate picketing for Food Strike (bhakshya samaram) and remanded in Thalassery sub-jail. He was served several other police arrests for his involvement in the party movements and agitations. During 1976-77, police has brutally assaulted him and sent to Kannur Central Jail and served about a year in Jail.

CV has adorned the position of Kunhimangalam Panchayath, period for more than 7 years since 1987 and as President of Payyanur Block Panchayath for 5 years from 1995. Currently he is holding the position of Vice President, Payyanur Educational Society (PES) and Vice President Kannur Primary Agricultural Development Bank.
CV is a man of experience for with varies socio political experience of two centuries and is honoured by the people of Kunhimangalam alike for his committed social and political work. People closely know him will always have admiration for his dedication for a common cause of society.

U.KUNHIRAMAN U Kunhiraman is a prominent communist leader to be remembered from Kunhimangalam Village. Born in 1926 he has made his entry to Communist movement in late 1930's. During this period Anti-communists were supporting the land-lords and worked as informers to police and authorities to suppress the Communist party-men. In order to safe-guard the Communists from the Congress-men and to ensure peace in Kunhimangalam village, a peace force was formed by some volunteers in Kandamkulangara area. Mr. U Kunhiraman was one among them in the frontline in this force from the village.

Kunhimangalam village was under Madras Province and during this period the Government has issued order banning liquor sale in the region. There was a strong protest against this move from Members of Legislative Assembly as it has thrown many a toddy worker out of job. The toddy workers have then formed a group under the leadership of U Kunhiraman and a Co-operative society was formed to protect and rehabilitate toddy workers. U K was then inducted into Communist party and subsequently given party membership in 1953. By then he was actively involved in the daily affairs of the Toddy workers and Farmers workers union. It was during this period, Mr. CV Damodaran, one of his comrades, was arrested under "MISSA". UK has then taken the charge of Kunhimangalam Local Secretary as per party's direction. UK was arrested by charging the case of Morazha Bank Robbery with Mr. M V R and was tortured by the police in the Jail.

U.K has adorned various positions viz., Toddy Workers Society President, Coir Co-operative society President, President of Kunhimangalam Co-operative Bank, Director of Madai Co-operative Rural Bank, Hospital construction committee President and worked as Kunhimangalam Panchayat President for long 24 years after the division of Cheruthazham-Kunhimangalam panchayat in1963.

He played a vital role in the formation of Kunhimangalam High School and Kunhimangalam Primary Health Centre. Contributions of UK for the development of Kunhimangalam village are exemplary. Though he had no academic background, he proved his ability as a great leader in politics and general administration. Moreover, UK is a true party ideologist. He passed away on 28th August 1998.

MN MARAR ( MEETHALE VEETIL NARAYANA MARAR) born to Sri VVK Narayana Marar and Smt Parvathi Marasyar in 1932. He has completed then ESSLC. At the early age of 14, he was a trumpeter & minstrel player/singer in temples. Having born in Marar family, he was living in and around temples. Having actively involved in Leftist politics, he has become a member of undivided CPI in 1952.

He was participated in numerous farmers movements. During this period, as per the direction of Comrade Thamban Vaidyar he has formed Devaswam Union and demanded for United Devaswam Board in the State. During this time, Malabar Devaswam was under Madras Province. Under the Patronage of C.P.Achuthan, he has worked as organizing secretary, vice president of the centralised Devaswam union based at Thalassery. Arrested many times during his participation in devaswam union strike. As directed by the party, he continued the job in temple along with the party work.

He worked as Executive committee member of the party before its split. When there was a split in the party into CPI & CPI (M) in 1964, as instructed by Mr.T.C.Narayanan Nambiar and Mr.Kanthalottu Kunhambu he joined in the CPI. During the period of 1971 - 1973, he worked as Office secretary of the CPI District Committee office. He has also worked as President of Karshaka Sangham (CPI) for a period of 7 years, served as PTA President of Government High School Kunhimangalam. He is a recipient of pension for depressed artist from Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy.

Thamban Vaidyar Kunhimangalam is bestowed with talented artists and aggressive politicians. One among them is well known poet, painter and Communist…Shri Thamban Vaidyer.Shri. Thamban Vaidyer, an inborn artist with gifted extraordinary courage, knowledge, sharp common sense, memory, and charisma was born in 1913. He was the only son of Shri. Kattor Kannan and Kanayi Pateniyil Manikkam who was later brought up by his maternal uncle after his mother’s death at his very small age. He has a multifaceted personality as an instant poet, skilled magician, expert in martial arts, alluring speaker and above all a keen researcher. His quest for learning was unending. Besides this he was an active social worker, the soul and shrewd captain of the communist movement during 1950's who fought for the common cause and under his canopy “ Karshaka Sangham” was born and nurtured. Shri Vaidyar had a prominent role in germinating Communist Movement and the Farmers Association in Kunhimangalam. In other words, these associations were clustered under the strain and pain of Thamban Vaidyar. Shri Thamban Vaidyer, an astute celebrity had clustered farmers to form association for commoner. In those days, poor peasants were mere puppets who work all the day and fruits of their sweat were enjoyed by feudal lords. To fight against this exploitation he tied all farmers together and worked to elevate the downtrodden farmers from the atrocities of the landlords. In this effort he was accompanied by the mentors Vishnubharatheeyan and A.V. He even urged farmers against black-marketing. He dedicated himself for the welfare for the commoners.

In such endeavors, once in 1946 he had to abscond from the scene as to avoid police arrest. He changed guise like a bearded man with long hairs and for sometime clean shaved with bald head which helped him to escape from the clutches of Police.

He had played important role in the communist movement also. His close associates were P.Govindan, P.V.sreedharan, T.Gopinathan, V.Damodharan, C.Kannan and Khan Abbas. In 1964 votes fall in his favor due to his social commitments and perseverance and thus elected as Panchayat Member of Kunhimangalam. Till his death he adorned the position and worked for common cause. He died of ailments of old age on 6th April 1970 at Kankanadi Hospital near Mangalore and thus Kunhimangalam lost one of the god gifted genius.

A Lekha was born on 28th November 1963 at her home village Kunhimangalam. She has completed her educational career (MBBS) in 1991 from Calicut University.

Accordingly Dr. Lekha worked in Pariyaram Medical for 6 years. From 2001 onwards Dr. Lekha joined in Kerala Health Services. Subsequently, she served in Primary Health Centre, Cherukunnu (2001 onwards), PHC Udumbunthala, Kasaragod (2005 onwards). Presently Dr.Lekha is working in PHC, Kunhimangalam.

Dr.Lekha is married to Dr.Padmanabhan (Chest Consultant, DTC Kannur) and having a daughter and a son both are studying in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Payyanur.

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K.T Damodaran Kalikkote Thekke Veetil Damodaran was born on 15th May 1948 at his home village Kunhimangalam in North Malabar. After a brilliant educational career in Kerala & Karnatak Universities, he joined the University of Cochin in 1977 in its Department of Marine Sciences as a lecturer. Earlier he passed his M.Sc. (Three year Applied Geology) Examination conducted by the Karnatak University Dharwar in 1972, obtaining first class and first rank. Dr.Damodaran occupied many positions during his career spanning over 30 years. He was the Head of the Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics for nearly a decade at Cochin University of Science & Technology. Also, he adorned the positions of the Dean, Faculty of Marine Sciences; Member-Syndicate; Chairman, Board of Studies in Marine Geology and Geophysics; Chief Co-ordinator, Tsunami Research Cell; Co-ordinator, Ocean & Atmospheric Science & Technology Cell; Director, School of Marine Sciences etc. He has been the Member of a number of academic bodies of other universities like Kerala, Kannur, Calicut, Karnatak, Bangalore, Mangalore, Tanjavoor, Goa etc. He also served as an expert in Selection Boards of UPSC, UGC, CSIR, ISRO, CESS, DOD and in a number of Indian Universities/Institutes. Dr.Damodaran is a Fellow of a few learned bodies and chaired many National and International seminars and symposia. He traveled extensively and visited countries like U.K., U.S.S.R, West Germany, France, the Netherlands, Columbia, US, Canada, Jamaica etc. on various academic missions. Prof.Damodaran has won many prizes and awards like the Wrangler Pavate prize, Association of Common Wealth Award, Barath Gaurav Award & Vijay Rattan Award.

Prof. Damodaran is a well respected teacher, an eminent marine geoscientist and an able administrator. His students occupy prominent positions in academic and scientific institutions in India and abroad. Currently he is the Director, School of Ocean Science and Technology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi.

Dr. Damodaran lives in Tripunithura (Kochi) with his wife Dr.Prema, daughter Dr.Supriya and son Rahul (Medical student).

Cheeyancheri Rajagopalan Nambiar, M.Sc (Engg.), MIE, MIETE, FCSI, DBM, son of Late Shri Varikkara Kunhiraman Nayanar and Smt. Cheeyancheri Kunhiparvathi Amma is a reputed and widely acclaimed personnel in the Kingdom of Bahrain , hailing from Kunhimangalam. He has been working with Bahrain Telecommunications Company (BATELCO) for the last 29 years as a Telecommunication Engineer in their Strategic Royal Segment. Shri C.R. Nambiar has also worked with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., Hyderabad, and Cochin Refineries Ltd., Ernakulam.

His wife Mrs. Vanaja R. Nambiar is from Ramanthali, and is living with him in Bahrain. His elder son Ranjit completed his B.Tech. MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta, and is presently working as Regional Marketing & Channel Development Manager in Dubai. His daughter in-law Nisha completed her MBA from Symbiosis Institute for Management, Poona, and is presently Sales Manager with Standard Chartered Bank in Dubai. His younger son Rajesh completed his BE in Computer Engineering, and is presently working in Muscat as Senior Technical Sales Manager .

Shri C.R. Nambiar is a well-known social worker among the Indian community in Bahrain, and held the following important positions:
1 - General Secretary, The Indian School, Bahrain
2 - Life Member President, The Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam, Bahrain
3 - Founder and President, Kerala Social & Cultural Association, Bahrain
4 - General Secretary, Malabar Airport Development Committee (MADAC), for Calicut Airport Development
5 - General Secretary, Coordination Committee of Indian Associations (CCIA), Bahrain

He also holds the following posts:
1 - General Secretary, Indian Community Relief Fund (ICRF), Bahrain (under Embassy of India, Bahrain )
2 - Coordinator, Indian Community Services under Embassy of India (Legal Aid Cell, Community Relief Services,
Community Welfare Services & Emergency Help Services for Indian nationals in Bahrain ) 3 - General Secretary, World Malayalee Council, Middle East & Africa Region
4 - Chairman, Advisory Council, The Indian School, Bahrain
5- Advisory Board Member, New Horizon School, Bahrain
6 - General Convener, Building Premises Committee, The Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam
7 - Patron, Payyanur Souhruda Vedi, Bahrain