MEN OF LETTERS
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, 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 Parthisuba, the great exponent of Yakshagana, was believed to have lived at Kumbla near Kasaragod.