Thunjath Ezuthachan, honoured as the father of modern Malayalam literature was born in Trikkandiyur near Tirur 400 years ago. He wrote his poems in Malayalam, at a time the Malayalam literature was subdued by Sanskrit, the language of the upper class. Ramayanam and Bharatham of Ezuthachan are widely read in Malayali houses, as sacred books.
Melpathur Narayana Bhattatiri, a Sanskrit scholar, the author of Narayaneeyam lived in Ezhuthachan's period. His birth place is Chandanakkavu, near Thirunavaya. He was a great Sanskrit grammarian.
Poonthanam Namboodiri was a great poet of the 16th century. He wrote devotional poems aiming at social reforms. He exhorted the people to have moral and secular values in a period when Chaturvarnya was in its top status. His birth place is Keezhattur, Perintalmanna.
Trikaniyur Achutha Pisharodi, an authority in Astronomy, Sanskrit grammar and Ayurveda, lived in the period of Thunjath in Astronomy, Sanskrit grammar and ayurveda, lived in the period of Thunjath Ezuthachan. He was the Guru of Melpathur Bhattathiri
VALLATHOL NARAYANA MENON
Vallathol Narayana Menon, the great modern Malayalam Poet, who was intstumental in reviving Kathakali, hailed from Chennara, near Tirur. Vallathol later settled in Cheruthuruthi in Thrissur district.
A great literary critic, writer and grammarian in Malayalam, Kuttikrishna Marar was a native of Ponnani.
MOYIN KUTTY VAIDYAR
The finest exponent of Mappila Pattu, Moyin Kutty Vaidyar (1851-91) was born in Ottuppara, near Kondotty. His Badr-ul-Muneer-Husn-ul-Jamal, the earliest romantic piece in Mappilappattu, is praised for its craft.
Poet and writer, V.C. Balakrishna Paniker (1889-1912) was born at Oorakam in Vengara. His poem 'Oru Vilapam' is famous.
Edasseri Govindan Nair, poet and social reformer, was a native of Mallur near Kuttipuram, who settled in Ponnani. He was prominent among progressive writers of Kerala.
P.C. Kuttikrishnan, whose penname was 'Uroob', was from Kadavanadu in Ponnani. His novels and short stories played a great role in the development of Malayalam literature.
Cherukad Govinda Pisharodi, known as 'Cherukad' was a great play righter and novelist, associated with the Communist movement. His birth place is a Chelakkara, near Perintalmanna.
The communist theoretician and author of the famous play 'Pattabakki', which helped the growth of the agrarian movement in Kerala, was born in Tirur.
KUTTIPURATH KESAVAN NAIR
This poet was from Kuttippuram. The agrarian beauty and the innocence of country-sides, were his themes.
Kavikulangura P. V. Krishna Warrier, was born in Kottakkal.
Famous for the interpretation of Amarakosam named Parameswari Vachaspathi Moosad, was native of Ponmala near Malappuram
Famous Kathakali actor and Guru, Vazhenkada Kunju Nair, was from Malappuram district.
Writing mappila songs in lucid and simple style and in colloquial Malayalam of Ernad, Pulikkottil Hyder attacked social evils. He was born in Wandoor.
Chakkiri Moideen kutty, Mapilla poet and writer, born in Cherur near Vengara, used simple Malayalam. He compiled an Arabi-Malayalam dictionary.
Nandanar (P.C. Gopalan) born in Angadipuram was famous for his stories based on military life.
Sudhakaran Thelakkad was a promising poet of the district. Born in Elamkulam, he died in his 27th year.
The traslator of Gandhiji's autobiography into Malayalam, Madhavaanar (K. Madhavan Nair) was born in Pallikkunnu. The founder of Drig Ganitha in astronomy, Vadasseri Parameswaran Namboodiri of Thirunavaya, the writer of interpretation for the Arya Bhateeyam, Neelakanda Somayaji of Trikkandiyur, Poets and writer like K.C. Komu Kutty Moulavi, M. Govindan, Vallathol Gopala Menon, Kuttipurath Kittunni Nair, Kadavanad Kuttikrishnan......; the list is lengthy.
K.P.Rabiya, from Thirurangadi, was someone who conducted a lot of literacy campaign. She Hails from a poor family and is handicapped being unable to walk. Her work was acclaimed by many organizations including the "Kannaki Sthree Shakthi" from the Central Government.
Kerala was declared a 100% literate state on April 18, 1991.The declaration on behalf of the state was made by Chelakkaden Ayisha who belonged to Kavannor in Malappuram.