Sunday, December 27, 2015

Bharata Kesari Mannathu Padmanabhan

Bharata Kesari  Shri.Mannathu Padmanabhan was the founder leader of the Nair Service Society (N.S.S) an organisation formed for the unity and welfare of the Nairs, a major Community sector  of the Hindus in Kerala.This non political Organisation was formed by Mannathu Padmanabhan along with some of his friends at Changanacherry, in Kerala on 31st October 1914.Mannathu Padmanabhan served as the General Secretary of this organisation for 31 years and then as the President for three years.The headquarters of N.S.S is at Changanacherry and there are more than 5000 'Karayogams' which are branches of this society functioning in main Villages, Towns and Cities all over Kerala and in some other parts of India where large group of Nairs are residing.
Mannathu Padmanabha Pillai was born on January 2nd, 1878 to parents Easwaran Namboothiri of Nilavana Illam and Charumuttathu Parvathy Amma at Perunna in Changanacherry.He began his career as a primary School teacher but learnt law and practiced at Magistrate Courts later.
There were several rustic traditional practices followed by Nairs as a custom, some of which like 'Pulikudi' adiyanthiram, 'Sapindi Adiyanthiram', and so on which were all feasts given to the people of the locality that drained the financial capacity of many families. Many of such unnecessary feasts and  feasts distributed after the death of a person were all stopped by the N.S.S. and the unnecessary 'tea party' arranged on many such occasions are also banned.There are many other progressive actions implemented by the N.S.S  for the prosperity of Nairs in general. Almost all Nairs in Kerala are members of 'Nair Service Society' and abides the regulations and rules  of the society.

Mannathu Padmanabhan was a person who possessed immaculate leadership qualities and  he had a foresight into several significant matters concerned for the welfare of Nairs.As a person with tremendous power of comprehension, he was capable of materializing his dreams into reality.He also worked for uplifting the lower castes and was a participant in the famous 'Vaikom Sathyagraha'.
He was a true patriot and a freedom fighter.
Mannathu Padmanabhan observed that by providing good education only, a society can progress to betterment  and by this vision Nair Service Society started large number of Schools,Colleges and Professional Colleges under

 its management, all over Kerala.Colleges like 'N.S.S.Hindu College,Changanacherry,N.S.S.College,Pandalam, M.G.College Trivandrum' etc are some of the prestigious educational institutions functioning in Kerala by  N.S.S management.

Mannathu Padmanabhan was the first President of 'Travancore Devaswom Board'.
Mannathu Padmanabhan was also familiar  as 'Mannam'.He was given the title 'Bharata Kesari' as a honour by the President of India.He was also the recipient of 'Padma Bhushan' Award.
Mannathu Padmanabhan passed away on February 25, 1970.
His birthday on January 2, is celebrated as 'Mannam Jayanthi' all over the state and many other places in India and abroad.Processions,public meetings and cultural programs are arranged in many places.
Kerala Government has declared 2nd January, the  'Mannam Jayanthi' as a public Holiday from 2016 on wards.  

Sunday, November 29, 2015

J.C.Daniel - Father Of Malayalam Cinema

J.C.Daniel is considered as the Father of Malayalam Cinema who was courageous to set up a Film Studio at Thiruvanathapuram and produced as well as directed the first ever feature film in Malayalam. Kerala Government is giving an award to a celebrity in the Malayalam  cinema field as Life time Achievement  Award in the name of J.C.Daniel which is the highest Cinema award given by Kerala Government.It is as a  honor to J.C.Daniel who is the Father of Malayalam Cinema.
J.C.Daniel was a Dentist by profession and lived in Trivandrum  and his roots were in Tamil Nadu.He was a very wealthy person who owned large area of land in Trivandrum and Tamil Nadu.He mastered in the martial arts of Kerala 'Kalaripayattu' and was very much impressed by that.He thought that he should give wide publicity for this legendary  art form and  he selected  cinema as a media for communicating to the people.It was during the 1925 period and at that time cinema was in the childhood stage in India.Only silent movies without soundtrack was
exhibited and a commentator who sits beside the screen would narrate what is happening on the screen and also
tells the dialogues also.Since Cinema  was a new invention and an attractive media people were thrilled and viewed other language films and
foreign  films. Films were exhibited in  a few permanent theaters existed in that period  and also at touring theaters.
Very much impressed about  the cinema J.C.Daniel went to Chennai where there was a  film Studio functioning  at that time.He was not allowed to enter there to know about cinema but he proceeded to Mumbai.There at Mumbai he got opportunity  to understand all aspects about cinema production and the instruments  needed for the production of films and processing.He came back to Trivandrum and sold all his properties for Rs.4 Lakhs which was a huge amount those days  and set up a Studio for Cinema Production at  Pattom in Trivandrum city itself.
J.C.Daniel wrote the story,Scripted it,Directed it and done editing also by himself 
in the name 'Vigatha Kumaran'(Lost child).At that time females  were not allowed to enter into acting profession since it was  considered as a sin.In the film a  young woman  by name 'Rosie' was acting as the heroine.The childhood days of the hero was acted by J.C.Daniel's son itself.J.C.Daniel also handled a major role in the movie.When the film was ready he felt very happy because he had fulfilled his dream project.There was only one print and it was exhibited at the theater in Trivandrum.
When the female character entered on the screen the spectators realized that she was a keralite woman and
they protested.Some of the viewers threw stones on the projector and screen   and the show had to be  discontinued.
J.C.Daniel lost his confidence but at some other centers like Alleppey it was well accepted and people did not bother about the Malayali heroine.There were only ten or twelve permanent theaters in Kerala at that period and the
collections from the film did not meet the expenses.J.C.Daniel could not move ahead with more projects even though he made a documentary film about martial arts 'Kalari Payattu' .He became bankrupt and had to sell his studio.He went to Madurai in Tamil Nadu and continued with his Dentistry profession.Meanwhile
the heroine 'Rosie' also was  not allowed to live peacefully in Kerala by her neighbours and  she fled to Tamil Nadu
and settled down by marrying somebody from there.
Since the number of theaters were very less  the film was not a success and 
the heroine problem also worked against Daniel's dreams and expectations.We should appreciate his abilities to acquire full knowledge
about cinema at that period and to utilize it successfully all alone.The story and screenplay were also not bad.He was having ideas
and if the film would have been a success  heshould have made a lot of films from his Studio.
Rs.4 Lakh in 1928 was  a huge amount  and now it can be taken as 4 crores and he lost all for the  sake of Malayalam cinema  and  we should thank him for initiating Malayalam Film Production.
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Scene from 'Vigatha Kimaran'
.  'Vigatha Kumaran' is the first Malayalam film (silent movie).

Friday, November 20, 2015

Dada Saheb Phalke-Father Of Indian Cinema

Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, better known as Dadasaheb Phalke is famous as the Father of Indian Cinema.He was the producer/director of 95 feature films.
Dadasaheb Phalke was born on 30 April 1870 at Tryambakeshwar, near Nasik,Maharashtra.After schooling he joined 'Kala Bhavan' Baroda, from where he got training in Photography,Painting,Sculpture,Engineering,drawing etc.
When Phalke watched a film 'Life of Christ' in 1910 he felt very much impressed about the new media   and started to think seriously about making movies.He gathered data about the techniques and instruments required for film production.He traveled to England and made arrangements for the shipment of the movie camera and other instruments to India.
He gave adequate training of loading the film in the movie camera and film  processing etc to his wife also.
Dadasaheb Phalke wanted to make stories from Hindu mythology since it would be familiar to most of the audience and  the elaborate sets,costumes,
and fantasy scenes would be appealing to the audience.
As the first movie he planned to produce 'Raja Harishchandra', the story of a King  who stood firmly for the sake of truth.
To convince financiers about the new medium, as well as his capability to make movies, he made a short film 'The birth of a pea plant' and exhibited it  to them.They felt confident about Phalke's abilities and  readily agreed to finance the project.
At that period it took more than six months to finish the film.Dadasaheb Phalke had instructed his cast and  crew members to keep about the film making a secret and so more than 500 people who worked on the project said to others that they work  in a  Harishchandra's factory.
During the initial period getting female artists to act in films   was also a big  problem and in his first film the role of 'Maharani Taramati' was portrayed by a male actor 'Anna Salunke'.
'Raja Harishchandra' was released in 1913 and it was a big success.It got recognition as the first full length feature film of India.
Dadasaheb Phalke approached the film field with full dedication.Many of his movies were virtually a feast for the audience.He did not hesitate to initiate his  daughter Mandakini to  act as 'Krishna' in 'Kalia Mardan' of 1919.
Altogether he made 95 feature films and 26 short films in his career.
He formed a film company 'Hindustan Films' in partnership with five business men of Mumbai  but after a few years  later withdrew from it.
His last film was 'Gangavataran' in 1937.
Dadasaheb Phalke passed away  on 15 Feb. 1944.
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, which is the highest Cinema award in India is instituted in his honor by the Government of India.

Scene from 'Raja Harishchandra'

A scene from 'Lanka Dahan'

Monday, October 26, 2015

Velu Thampi Dalawa

Chempakaraman Velayudhan Thampi(1765-1809) was the Chief Minister of  His Highness Maharaja Balarama Varma of Travancore state of Kerala.He was popularly known as Velu Thampi Dalawa.(Dalawa means Chief Minister ).He was chief minister from 1801 to 1809.Velayudhan Chempakaraman Thampi was born in the village of 'Kalkulam' to parents Kunjumayitti Pillai and Valliamma Thankachy on 6th May 1765.
He started his career as the Tehsildar of Mavelikkara Taluk and earned the reputation as a good administrator.During that period the Dalawa of the King was a corrupted man by name Jayanthan Nampoothiri.When he was accused of a murder case there was protest to remove him from his Office.Velu Thampi who had tremendous potential to attract the attention of a large crowd, gathered so many people together  and marched to the palace demanding the resignation  of the  Dalawa.
Velu Thampi was victorious in this effort and the King appointed Velu Thampi as the new Chief minister.Velu Thampi was vested with more administrative  power as a token of his efficiency and public support.Soon the state was on the path of prosperity under his leadership and guidance.Corruption was not tolerated and the punishments given to the accused  were very severe.He was known and famous  as 'Idayaprabhu Kulothunga Kathirkulathu Mulappada Arasarana Irayanda Thalakulathu Valia Veettil Chempakaraman Velayudhan Thampi'.
This was the period when East India Company could establish their empire in India..There was no unity among the princely local rulers and jealousy and rivalry also existed among them which helped British to defeat them one by one and establish their empire.There was Maratha wars,Mysore wars lead by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, Carnatic wars Sikh War lead lead by Raja Ranjith Singh and many more against the British  which they could suppress easily.Nobody remembered the proverb 'Unity is Strength'.
Velu Thampi was not tolerant to accept the British Supremacy and was not  willing  to pay them the high amount of Royalty as demanded by the East India Company.The state of Travancore was friendly with the State of Cochin in Kerala.During that period the ruler of Cochin handed over the administrative charges to his Chief Minister  Govinda Menon(Commonly known as Paliath Achan) and was taking rest at Aluva Palace.Paliath Achan was also not willing to pay the excessive royalty amount to East India Company which resulted in rivalry between East India Company and clashes with these two Chief Ministers.
Moreover Velu Thampi made a proclamation at a place Kundara such that Foreign supremacy can not be tolerated and that British involvement in the cultural integrity and self pride of Kerala will not be allowed.This is known as 'Kundara Proclamation' and resulted in a war between British troops and Travancore troops near Kollam.In that battle Travancore troops  of Velu Thampi was defeated.Velu Thampi had to flee for his life from the Palace accompanied with his younger brother.The British very well knew that if the Dalawa   was  left alive he would summon a large group of people within a short span of time  and attack them again.So they proclaimed Rs.50,000/-

which was a huge amount at that time  for any body who could give them  information  about his whereabouts .Velu Thampi had plans to go to Northern Kerala and on the way he handed over his sword at Kilimanoor Palace to keep it under safe custody there.
During the next day night he took refuge in a Devi temple at Mannadi in Pathanamthitta district.A greedy resident of the locality informed to the British that Veluthampi Dalawa was staying inside  the temple.British troops surrounded the temple immediately.Velu Thampi understood that an escape was impossible but he was not ready to surrender to them  since he could imagine that they would harass him to the maximum.So he sat in front of his younger brother and requested him to cut off his head.His loving brother could not carry out that crime.So Velu Thampi drew out his dagger and killed himself.
The British could fetch his dead body only.They did not show any justice or respect  to his dead body also.His brother was also executed and  their house  was demolished to ground..He sought and Fought for independence of his mother Land bravely and embraced death.Mean while Paliath Achan, of Cochin was arrested and exiled to Madras.

There is a monument constructed  at Mannadi,  Pathanamthitta District in his remembrance which is visited by tourists far and near.His statue is existed in front of the Government Secretariat at Thiruvananthapuram. 


Thursday, October 8, 2015


Shri.E.K.Nayanar was a wonderful genius politician,One of the leaders of Communist Party of India(Marxist)CPI(M), and the longest serving Chief Minister Of Kerala for a span of eleven years in three
tenures.He was in Office for a total of 4009 days and was Chief Minister from 1980-81, 1987-91 and
Comrade E.K.Nayanar was a humanitarian loved by all people irrespective of political views.He was perhaps the only
politician who had virtually no enemies at all.Political opponents were also having no personal  hatred towards
him but they were also his  admirers.He was a person having several unparalleled qualities and was unpretentious,unselfish,sanguine who had practical ideologies and one who committed his life for  uplifting
the common man and the oppressed sectors.Even though born in a wealthy family he dedicated himself for the
welfare of the downtrodden sectors in the society and earned love and respect of all People of Kerala in
Erambala Krishnan Nayanar was born as the son of Govindan Nambiar in Kalliassery of Kannur District
on 9 Dec 1919.His father believed in the feudal system  but Nayanar was interested in populism and socialist
activities.He was highly impressed when a Dalit girl was admitted in the local school with the activities of uncle
K.P.R.Gopalan and others. Nayanar wore the Gandhi cap and entered into  National movements as a Student
volunteer without caring the objection from his father.He worked in 'Balasangham'.E.K.Nayanar could start
a library at the native place and named it as Shri.Harshan Library in memorial to Harshan who was tortured to death in Kannur Central Jail for participating in National movements.Nayanar was dropped out of school for
indulging in political activities.He joined the socialist path led by P.Krishna Pillai.
Nayanar joined CPI in 1939.As a youth leader he led the 46 days Aaron Mill Strike by the workers for dismissing thirty workers by the management.He was put in jail  for six months for that incident.On September 15 1940 Nayanar was one of the organizers of the Morazha Rally in protest against rising prices.Two police men were killed in the rally and Nayanar went in to hiding for 6 years without knowing that he was not in the accused list.During that period he could work in 'Kerala Kaumudi' Newspaper as a proof reader.
He also organized the Kayyur strike of the peasants and  an incident happened that a policeman was stoned and he jumped in the river and drowned.Even though not involved directly he went in to hiding in the forest area of Eleri.
When the Communist party got split Nayanar stood with the CPI(M).
He was elected to Lok Sabha in 1967 and was elected to Kerala Assembly six times.His constituencies
include Malampuzha,Irikkur,Thalasseri etc.
Nayanar was a simple man always and led a simple life.He married School teacher Sarada and they have
two sons and two daughters.Nayanar was an atheist but he allowed freedom to his family to choose their
interests in such matters.The most appealing factor of Nayanar was his ability to speak humorously.During his stirring
speeches also he included witty comments that produced roaring laughter from the audience.He could fill
gusto in to the minds of the workers and give them positive attitude and confidence through his words.
Occasionally some of his comments about certain happenings seemed irritating to  some sectors but
everybody knew that he was irreproachable at heart and so ultimately they also used to laugh only.
In 1996 elections he was not a candidate but the Projected Chief Minister candidate V.S.Achuthanandan
failed at Mararikkulam and Nayanar was selected as the Chief Minister.He won in by-election from Thalassery.
Nayanar authored several books including his autobiography in the name 'My Struggle' which he himself
translated into  Malayalam as 'Samaratheechoolayil'.Some other works are 'Marxism-Oru Mukhavura' and
Nehru-Gandhi Oru Padhanam etc.
Nayanar was admitted at All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS) New Delhi, for the advanced treatment
of diabetes after a brief stay at Trivandrum Medical College in 2004 May.His condition became
worse  on May 6 because of Kidney and heart failure and was put on life support systems.He succumbed
to death on May 19,  2004.He was 85 years old.
There was uninterrupted flow of people from all sectors of the society at the AKG Centre, and Secretariat
Durbar Hall  for having a glimpse of the great leader.There were tremendous crowds in all places up to Kannur  when the funeral procession proceeded from Trivandrum.People waited for hours to pay homage
to him in the monsoon rain.It was raining all over Kerala as if the nature was also weeping along with the
people in agony.His funeral was conducted on Payyaram Beach on the night of 21 May 2004  in the
presence of thousands of people by his elder son.He will be ever remembered by all.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Shri.A.K.Antony hails from Cherthala, in Alapuzha District and was born on Dec 28 1940 as the Son of Arackaparambil Kurien Pillai and Elikutty.He had his Primary and High School education at Chethala and for B.A. Degree course he studied at Maharajas College Ernakulam.He completed his Degree of law B.L from Mahatma Gandhi University.His father died in the year 1959 and and so afterwards he was so much attached to the love and care of his mother.
A.K.Antony entered Politics as an active member of the Kerala Students Union(K.S.U.) which is the student's wing of the Indian National Congress.He was leader of many strikes like 'Oru Ana Samaram' which was against the hike of Boat charges and similar activities earned name and fame for him so that he  became the KSU President very easily.Since he was an energetic leader who was able to lead the members staunchly he rose to the position as Youth Congress President and in 1972 he became the K.P.C.C. President.A.K.Antony was the youngest K.P.C.C. President in the history of Kerala.Again in 1987 also he became K.P.C.C. President.
When Shri.K Karunakaran resigned due to the Rajan Case A.K.Antony was made the 8th Chief minister of Kerala  and he served the Office from April 27 1977 to October 27 1978.He was the youngest Chief Minister of Kerala at the age of 37  which is another record which is not yet broken.He was always an idealistic personality and loved to lead a simple life.As he was young, A.K.Antony was ready to go to the Office on a bicycle and did not want an Official vehicle also.What he wanted to insist and spread was the idea   to cut down the lavish expenses of the Government departments.Due to security reasons he was not allowed to go to Office on bicycle.More over he insisted that instead of putting the garlands made of flowers  for the leaders use cotton  hand-loom towels so that it can be distributed among poor and needy people.That practice is still followed by many political workers.
A.K. Antony is well known for his idealistic actions and deeds.He is unselfish and never tried to cling on to positions or tried to catch up positions also.He is a true Gandhian and a very honest Politician.In his work and duties he used to be very strident but he was always against  corruption.When A.K.Antony was made the Chief minister of Kerala for the second time from 1995 March 22 to 1996 May 9 and when he was made the Cabinet Minister of Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs and public Distribution in 1994 he resigned because of his  ethics and idealistic reasons and not because of his faults.
He was the leader of Opposition in Kerala Legislative Assembly during the term 1996 to 2001.He was member of the Rajya Sabha from 1985 to 1995.
In 2005 again A.K.Antony  became Rajya Sabha Member and he was nominated as the Indian Defense Minister in the Union Council of Cabinet Ministers.When the Congress party won the elections of 2009 and formed Government under the Prime Minister Shri.Manmohan Singh, he retained his position as the Defense minister for the second term.
A.K.Antony married Elizabeth Antony and they have two children, Anil Kurien Antony and Ajith Paul

During the last so many years of Public service he earned   the love and respect of

millions and millions of Indians.He is always moving along the right path as a true Gandhian.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Kalamandalam Sathyabhama

Kalamandalam V.Sathyabhama was a well known doyen of classical dance varieties and she was especially  an exponent of 'Mohiniyattam' which is a classical dance form originated in Kerala.Kalamandalam Sathyabhama was the first woman Principal of the prestigious 'Kerala Kalamandalam', the famous Institution that gives training to aspirant students in classical art forms like 'Kathakali,Koodiyattam,Mohiniyattam,Ottan Thullal' etc.Sathyabhama was a classical danseuse,teacher and choreographer who was mainly responsible for the revival of Mohiniyattam  dance.
V.Sathyabhama was born at Shornur in Palakkad District of Kerala in the year 1937 to parents Krishnan Nair and Ammini Amma.After finishing 8th standard at school, she joined Kerala Kalamandalam as a full time student and got rigorous training in all types of Classical dance varieties as well as Kathakali.She was one among the first five students for 'Mohiniyattam' and got trained from experts like Chinnammu Amma and Kalyanikutty Amma.
She had her debut major  public performance at the silver Jubilee celebration of Kalamandalam for which the Chief guest was the then Prime Minister of India, Shri.Jawaharlal Nehru.While as a student of this Institute she had the privilege to perform Kathakali,Bharatanatyam,Mohiniyattam etc at Singapore and Malaysia along with the Kalamandalam troupe.
After completing the course she joined Kerala Kalamandalam as a teacher in the year 1957 with the blessings from the Poet Mahakavi Vallathol Narayana Menon who wanted her to revive Mohiniyattam dance.Even though 'Mohiniyattam Kalari' was introduced at Kalamandalam in 1932  itself, this variety of Classical dance was not in a reputed form nor in an attractive style   during the 50's also and was in need of over all major transformations.
Kalamandalam Sathyabhama made several modifications for re-vitalizing this art form in all aspects.She modified the costumes and hairstyle also for this classical dance to give it an attractive, traditional and unique appearance.She made changes and modifications in its performance also.She innovated 35 'adavus' and choreographed new items which resulted in the expansion of this classical dance variety.Poems and songs written by Swathi Thirunal Maharajah,Irrayimman Thampi,Vallathol etc were all selected and choreographed by her.Four 'Varnams',11 padams,1 thillana etc are also the effect of her efforts in this respect.
She served as a teacher at the Kalamandalam till her retirement in 1992.  She was  the first woman  Principal of that Institute.
She married Kalamandalam Padmanabhan Nair who was a Prominent Kathakali artist and a teacher of that art form at Kalamandlam Institute.
Kalamandalam Sathyabhama's famous disciples include 'Kshemavathy,Sugandhi,Kanak Rele and Bharati Shivaji'. 
Sathyabhama teacher wrote and published a book about Mohiniyattam in Malayalam regarding the 'History,Techniques and Performance' of this art form with the Malayalam  title 'Mohiniyattam-Charithram,Sidhantham,Prayogam'.
She was recipient of several awards such as 'Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademy Award,Kendra Sangeet Natak Academy Award,Nruthya Natya Puraskaram from Government of Kerala,Kalamandalam Award,Swathi Thirunal Puraskaram,Shadkala Govinda Marar Award and also the Prestigious 'Padma Shree Award' from Government of India.
Kalamandalam V.Sathyabhama passed away on September 13, 2015 at the age of 77. 

Friday, August 14, 2015


The tenth President of India  Sri.K.R.Narayanan   was from Kerala  and all Malayalis are very much proud of him.
According to the constitution and fundamental rights of India any Indian Citizen can become the President of India.This is true in the world's largest democratic republic but a common man will not dream about the highest dignified position as the No.1 citizen of India.Only highly qualified people with exceptional qualities and talents can attain that position.K.R. Narayanan reached that position since he was ambitious,very brilliant from childhood,ebullient and hardworking.He had to struggle a lot in his younger days to get succeed in life.
Kocheril Raman Narayanan was the fourth child among seven children of the parents  who were very poor and lived in a small hut at Uzhavoor village in Kottayam District.His father was a traditional Ayurveda and Sidha Medical Practitioner and was respected by the society but financially they were in great difficulty.
K.R.Narayanan was a brilliant student from the childhood  itself and reading books and studying was his passion.He had to walk 15km to the primary school through village roads and paddy fields to reach his  school.The nominal fees was also difficult for him to pay in time and had to stand outside the class for several days as punishment.But then also he never thought of discontinuing the studies.He matriculated from St.Mary's High School Kuravilangad and for Intermediate course he studied at C.M.S. College,Kottayam.He obtained his B.A.(Honours) and M.A.English Literature from University of Travancore in first Class.His higher studies was possible from the aid from the Travancore Royal family as per his written request.
He went to Delhi and worked as a journalist in 'The Hindu' and 'The Times of India' for a short period.Then he was lucky to get a scholarship from J.R.D.Tata for studies at London School of Economics and got B.Sc in Economics with specialization  in Political science.After returning from London he met Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and got entry in to Indian Foreign Service.
As a diplomat he worked at Rangoon,Tokyo,London,Canberra, and Hanoi.Nehru was very much impressed about him and said that he was the best Diplomat of the country.Later he was Indian Ambassador to Thailand,Turkey and Peoples Republic of China.He taught at Delhi School of Economics for a small period and worked as Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs.He retired in 1978 but was made the Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU) of New Delhi.Under the Indira Gandhi administration he was again called back to serve as the Indian Ambassador to the United States of America from 1980 to 84.Smt.Indira Gandhi requested him to enter politics and he contested for Lok Sabha elections from Ottappalam constituency in Kerala in 1984 elections and won.He won the elections from the same constituency in 1989 and 91.
He served the Nation as Minister of state from 1985 to 89.
K.R.Narayanan was elected as the Vice President of India  on 21 Aug 1992 under the Presidency of Dr.Sankar Dayal Sharma.After the five year term he was elected as the President of India  on 17 July 1997.He got 95% votes against the only opponent T.N.Seshan.He was sworn in to the Office as President of India on 25th July 1997 by Chief Justice J.S.Verma.
While he was a diplomat at  Rangoon he married Ma Tint  Tint, a Burmese girl.She accepted Indian Citizenship and was renamed as Usha Narayanan.
After retirement from President's Office he lived with his wife in a Central Delhi Bungalow.K.R.Narayanan  died on 9 Nov 2005 at the Army Research and Referral Hospital,New  Delhi.He was cremated at 'Ekta Sthal' on the banks of river Yamuna.
K.R.Narayanan will be proudly and lovingly remembered by all for ever.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam

Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam, was the 11th President of India, from 2002 to 2007.He was a great personality, much beyond words.He glorified this nation in many respects whose achievements will always be remembered.He was a light, guide and an inspiration for the new generation who urged them to dream high and achieve their goals.He was a people's President, simple, humble and mingled with the common man.He was a true patriot and loved by all Indians alike.He was recipient of 'Bharat Ratna', 'Padma Vibhushan, 'Padma Bhushan' and 30 honorary doctorate from many Universities and Institutions.He was one of India's most eminent Scientists who made all Indians proud to be an Indian.His momories and quotes will be inspirational for ever.

Monday, July 13, 2015

K.P.P. Nambiar

K.P.P.Nambiar was a brilliant scholar, an expert in the field of Electronics,Technocrat,Industrialist and an  innovative person who was responsible for bringing up Kerala to the forefront in the fields of Electronics and Computer technology.He was the founding Chairman of 'Keltron' in Kerala and also who set up 'Techno park' in Thiruvanathapuram.
K.P.P.Nambiar (Kunnath Puthenveettil Padmanabhan Nambiar) was born on 15th April 1929 at Kalliassery, in Kannur,Herala State.After graduating  from Pachayyappa's College in Madras, he joined the Imperial College of Science and Technology,University of London for higher studies and specialized in Transistors and Semi Conductors.He was holding the degrees and diplomas  like 'M.Sc(Lon), DIC(Lon),FIEE(London),C Engg (Lon) and he served as Research Scholar in Semi Conductor technology at Imperial College from 1954 to 57.He worked at Texas,USA up to 1963 and came back to India.
Up to 1973 he worked in top positions of many prestigious organisations like 'Indian Institute of Technology New Delhi,Project Manager at Philips India,General Manager of 'Nelco' and so on.
In 1973 he was responsible for the formation of 'Kerala State Electonics Development Corporation Ltd' (Keltron) and became the founding Chairman and was in that  position till 1983. He continued as the Executive Chairman till 1985.
Then he served as the Chairman of the Indian Telephone Industries Limited  and next year he was  appointed as the Secretary, Department of Electronics,Govt. of India and worked in this position till 1989.In 1989 he was appointed as the Honorary Special Advisor to Govt. pf Kerala on Industries. 
India's first Electronic Technology Park (Techno Park ) was set up at Thiruvananthapuram during  that period.
K.P.P. Nambiar had several fantastic innovative ideas and he was successful by taking electronics to the remote  villages.He initiated to start women's co-operative units and many of the electronics consumer products of Keltron were assembled in such units by giving employment to several thousand people.
He started  Electronic firms like ' Namtech Electonic Services Limited' at Bangalore and was it's Chairman also.
K.P.P.Nambiar was a true patriot and one who loved Kerala utmost. He

wanted the progress of the State in a big manner.His contributions to the development of Electronics and Computer technology in India and especially in Kerala  would be ever remembered.
K.P.P.Nambiar passed away on 30  June 2015 at Bangalore.He was 86.