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Eminent personalities

Spiritual leaders
Tapovan Maharaj - Swami Tapovan Maharaj (previous name Subramanian Nair) was a great Hindu sage who lived his later life in the Himalayas.
Swami Chinmayananda - (previous name Balakrishna Menon) Modern day Hindu guru and founder of Chinmaya Mission
Sree Vidyadhiraja Parama Bhattaraka Chattampi Swamikal - Hindu Sage, Social Reformer
Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi- (previous name Sekharan Nair) -Hindu Sage and founder of Sree Ramadasa Mission reckoned as the Greatest Karmayogi to uphold Sanatana Dharma since Swami Vivekananda
Swami Niranjananda - of the Ramakrishnan Mission
Swami Ranganathananda - Headed the Ramakrishna Mission

Freedom fighters
Billy Nair - South African anti-apartheid activist and comrade of Nelson Mandela and M. P.
Chengalath Kunhirama Menon - Renowned journalist and freedom fighter
Ammu Swaminathan - (freedom fighter)
N. Sreekantan Nair - (freedom fighter)
G. P. Pillai - (freedom fighter) - Founder Madras Mail - News Paper
K. P. Kesava Menon - Indian independence activist
Velu Thampi Dalawa - Dalawa of erstwhile Travancore Kingdom, Freedom Fighter
Edachena Kunkan Nair - Commander of Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja's army in Wyanad.
Kaitheri Ambu Nambiar - Commander of Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja's army in Kottayam, as well as his brother-in-law.
Vaikom Padmanabha Pillai - a.k.a Kuthira Pakki, Commander of the Travancore Nair Army, which defeated Tipu Sultan.
Mannathu Padmanabhan Nair - Social reformer and freedom fighter
Sir Chettur Shankaran Nair - President of the Indian National Congress & member of the Viceroy's Executive Council.
K. Kelappan - a.k.a Kerala Gandhi, freedom fighter, founder of NSS.
Cherumony Damodaran Nair - {freedom fighter}-INA.
Sankara Narayanan Thampi - Freedom Fighter.
T. M. Nair - Tharavath Madhavan Nair - Founder of Justice Party,Politician And Physician.
K P Madhavan Nair - Freedom Fighter and former All India General Secretary of Indian National Congress
Dr. G Ramachandran - Freedom Fighter and Founder of Gandhigram (Now Gandhigram Rural University) in Madurai
[ [R.Ragava Menon]]-Palakkad,freedom fighter.minister Prakasam ministry,Madras

Senior political leaders - post independence
Pattom Thanu Pillai - Chief Minister of Kerala.
K Karunakaran - Four times Chief Minister of Kerala, Union Miniter of Industry
C Achutha Menon - Chief Minister of Kerala
P K Vasudevan Nair - Chief Minister of Kerala
K P Unnikrishnan - Former Union Cabinet Minister
O Rajagopal - Former All India Vice President of BJP

Writers and journalists
Thikkodiyan - Malayalam author
C. V. Raman Pillai - Malayalam novelist
Vinita Nair - American television journalist
Balachandran Chullikkadu - Renowned Malayalam poet
Balamani Amma - Malayalam poet
P. Bhaskaran- Famous Malayalam poet
Kadammanitta Ramakrishnan- Was Indian poet
Chelangatt Gopalakrishnan- Movie Historian & Starter of Film Criticism in Malayalam
Kavalam Narayana Panicker - Indian dramatist and poet
Pannisseri Nanu Pillai - Was a poet and scholar
Vennikkulam Gopala Kurup - Was a poet from kerala
Rajalakshmi - Was a Malayalam writer and poet from Kerala
Sugathakumari - Is an Indian poet-Activist
Kamala Das - Famous Indian writer who wrote in Malayalam and English
V. K. N. - Was a pathbreaking and celebrated Malayalam writer. a.k.a Vadakkke Koottala Narayanankutty Nair.
E. Harikumar - Is a Malaylam novelist and short story writer
Nisha Pillai - Indian born journalist based in London. She is one of the main news anchor with BBC World News
Shashi Tharoor - a world renowned English language writer- both fiction and non-fiction
M. P. Narayana Pillai - Writer in Malayalam
Uroob- P.C.Kutty Krishna Menon, Famous Malayalam Writer.
Swadeshabhimani Ramakrishna Pillai - Writer, Journalist, Newspaper editor, and political activist.
Kesari Balakrishna Pillai - Writer, Journalist
Karur Neelakanta Pillai- Renowned Short Story writer.
Kunjunni- Poet, Philosopher.
Thinakkal Padmanabhan - Renowned Short Story writer.
S. Guptan Nair - Well known Malayalam writer and Critic.
K.C.S. Paniker - He was a Veteran Visual Artist and Founder Cholamandalam Artists Village, near Chennai.
Rajeev PI - Editor (Gujarat), The Indian Express
M V Nikesh Kumar - CEO of Indiavision. Son of M. V. Raghavan.
Sooranad Kunjan Pillai - Scholar of Malayalam Language.Won Padmashree Award 1984.
K. Shankar Pillai - Famous Indian cartoonist, Writer.Won Padma Vibhushan Award 1976.
Sunil Nayar - Famous Indian American television Writer and Producer.
V.K. Nayanar - Malayali journalist, essay writer, critic and short story writer.
E. V. Krishna Pillai - Renowned Writer of Malayalam literature.
Kainikkara Padmanabha Pillai - Malayalam Author And Actor.
Kainikkara Kumara Pillai - Malayalam Teacher And Actor.
K. Raghavan Pillai - Famous Writer and Scholar.
K. C. Kesava Pillai - Composer of Carnatic Music, Poet,Writer.
Thoppil Bhasi - Screenwriter And Film director.
S. Ramesan Nair - Famous Poet and Lyricist.
Vijayakrishnan - First Keralite to receive the Indian National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema .
P.K.Prakash - Writer , journalist. PUCL , Statesman, Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award Winner.
K. N. Panikkar - Famous Indian Historian.
Chirayinkeezhu Ramakrishnan Nair - Famous Malayalam Lyricist.
K. Ayyappa Paniker - Famous Poet.
G. Sankara Kurup, Malayalam Novelist, Gyanpeeth Award Winner (1965 – Odakkuzhal- Flute)
Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, Malayalam Novelist, Gyanpeeth Award Winner (1984 – Kayar (Coir))
M.T. Vasudevan Nair, Malayalam Novelist, Gyanpeeth Award Winner (1995 – Randamoozham – Second Chance)
Pamman - Malayalam novelist
C. Radhakrishnan - Famous Malayalam Novelist, Scientist.
Vyloppilli Sreedhara Menon - Famous Malayalam Poet.
M. Leelavathy - Malayalam Writer, critic
Jaishree Misra - Indian author
Prof. O.N.V. Kurup,  Malayalam Poem Writer, Gyanpeeth Award Winner (2007)
Prof. Omcheri N.N. Pillai,   Educationist & Writer


Scientists and academicians
Prof. Neelakantan Ramachandran - Prof. Neelakantan Ramachandran, Senior Academician in Finance and Accounting from Indian Institute of Management; Adviser and consultant to many Indian and international companies.
G. Madhavan Nair - Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, Chairman, ISRO, Secretary Dept. of Space. Man behind India's Chandrayaan.
K. Radhakrishnan (scientist) - Dr. K.Radhakrishnan, Director, VSSC,  Chairman, ISRO.
E. Sreedharan, Dr. E. Shreedhara Menon, Indian technocrat, M.D of Delhi Metro, Chairman of Konkan Railway Project.
Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar Menon - Notable physicist and policy maker at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Former Director of ISRO.
Dr Jai Menon - IBM master scientist in the field of storage, Invented RAID Technology. He is IBM Fellow and also a Vice-President.
Mani Menon - Eminent Surgeon, [Detroit, U.S.A.]
N. R. Madhava Menon- Famous legal educator, founder VC of (NUJS) in West Bengal, founder National Law School of India University in Bangalore.
M. S. Valiathan - Famous Cardiac surgeon, Former Vice Chancellor, Manipal University. Won Padmashree Award 1985.
R. Kesavan Nair - Kerala's First Civil Surgeon.
K. C. Sreedharan Pillai - Indian mathematician
Chudukatil P. Chandrasekhar Nair (CP Chandran), Civil Engineer, George Wimpey Co LLC, Ruwi, Sultanate of Oman
Dr. N.Unnikrishnan Nair -Famous Indian Statistician and Former Vice Chancellor, Cochin University of science and technology
M. Krishnan Nair - Leading Oncologist. He received the Padmashree Award.
Sreekanteswaram Padmanabha Pillai - Lexicographer and Scholar
P. K. Venugopalan Nambiar - Indian agricultural scientist credited with the development of the first hybrid variety of black pepper in the world.
Dinesh Nair - leading British chemical engineer and Head of GlaxoSmithKline's Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Manufacture.
G. Balakrish Nair - An eminent Indian microbiologist. At present, he is the Director of National Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases (NICED, ICMR), Kolkata, India.
G. Balakrishnan Nair - Emeritus Sanskrit academician.
Anil Nair - Researcher on Alzheimer's Disease and neurology at Boston University.
Kookal Ramunni Krishnan - Physician
Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai - Historian
K. N. Panikkar - Famous Indian Marxist Historian
Gopinath Kartha - Famous Crystallographer, Scientist.
Remi Chandran - Environmental Policy Analyst
R. V. G. Menon - Famous Environmentalist From Kerala.
Kottayan Katankot Venugopal - Famous Advocate of Supreme Court.
Mallor Govinda Pillai - He was eminent Advocate who Specialized in Criminal Cases.
Dr. Chandrathil Gouri Krishnadas Nair - Won Padmashree Award 2001.
Parameswaran Kuttapp Panikkar - Famous Civil Servant. Won Padma Shri Award 1959.
Dr. Madempath Kalathil Krishna Menon - Famous Physician. Won Padma Shri Award1973.
Dr. Narayana Balakrish Nair - Famous Physician. Won Padma Shri Award1984.
K. Ramunni Menon - Former Vice-Chancellor, Madras University.
V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai - Currently Vice-Chancellor of the IGNOU.
K. Radhakrishnan (engineer) - Currently Chief Engineer, of KSEB.
Jaishankar Menon - IBM Master Scientist in the field of storage.
Gita Gopinath? - full professor at Harvard University's Department of Economics
Dr. A.SreekumarMenon Manaagement specialist , Researcher and Author of award winning Management books
Dr. Arun Sreekumar Distinguished Cancer Scientist working in U.S.A
Dr. M. A. Atmanand, Director, National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai, India
Dr S Madhavan Pillai, An eminent researcher in Ayurveda, former Director of Central Research Institute of Panchakarma, Cheruthuruthi, Kerala, India.
Dr. Satish Chandra-Nair- Lineage Maharaja of Kolathunad: Clinical Scientist-First to Clone Human Immunophilin Gene (HI51) 1995, USARefer Genbank, Nair SC, Business, Education and Clinical Research Specialist.


Historians
Dr. Sooranad Kunjan Pillai - Historian and Linguist
Dr. A. Sreedhara Menon - Famous Historian and Ex Registrar - Kerala University

Policy makers/administrators
C. V. Devan Nair - Third President of Singapore
P.G.N. Unnithan - Last Dewan of Travancore.
Raja Kesavadas - Dewan of Travancore during the reign of Dharma Raja.
K. P. S. Menon (senior) - a.k.a Kumara Padmanabha Shivashankar Menon - India's first Foreign secretary.
Panampilly Govinda Menon  former Chief Minister of Trvancore and Kochi and Union Minister for Law and Railways
Prakash Karat - General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM).
K M Chandrasekhar - Cabinet Secretary to the Govt. of India.
Shivshanker Menon, Security Adviser to the Prime Minister, Govt. of India
T.K.A. Nair, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Govt. of India.
Dr. C.V. Anandabose, Vice Chancellor,  National Museum Institute, New Delhi
S. Ramachandran Pillai - Politburo Member of the CPM.
Shivshankar Menon - India's Former Foreign Secretary. Currently National Security Advisor.
Mayankote Kelath Narayanan - Former National Security Advisor.
Vijay K. Nambiar - The Chef de Cabinet (Chief of Staff) in the U.N. He holds the rank of Under-Secretary-General.
Prof. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor,  IGNOU
Shashi Tharoor - Former U.N. Under-Secretary General, MP &  Former India's Minister of State for External Affairs
V. K. Krishna Menon - First Defence Minister of India, High commissioner of India in London, former cabinet minister.
V. P. Menon - The man behind the reunification of India with Sardar Patel
C. Achutha Menon- Former Chief Minister of Kerala
Lakshmi N. Menon - First Woman Foreign Minister of India (1957–66).
Vinod C Menon - Member of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
N. R. Pillai - India's first secretary of external affairs
K R Menon - India's First Finance Secrtary-http://republicnotes.indian-coins.com/1%20rupee/1.K.R.K.Menon.htm
Dileep Nair - Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services.
Vijay Nair - One of the nominees of the Leader of the Opposition to the Senate of Fiji.
Damodran Nair - Former MP, Fiji.
C. M. Padmanabhan Nair - Indian politician
V. K. B. Nair - First South Indian to head UP Police.
A. M. Nair - a.k.a Nair San, freedom fighter
Gengadharan Nair - Malaysian High Court judge
P. K. Vasudevan Nair - Former Chief Minister of Kerala And Politician.
E. K. Nayanar - He is the Longest Serving Chief Minister of Kerala.
K. Karunakaran - 4 time chief minister of Kerala, one time Indian union minister for Industry
M. G. Ramachandran - a.k.a. M.G.R, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 1977–1987, his father is Nair.
R. Balakrishna Pillai – Kerala Politician and former  Minister for various ministries
A. K. Gopalan - Former opposition leader of Loksabha.
Pattom A. Thanu Pillai - Former Chief Minister of Kerala
Paravur T. K. Narayana Pillai - First Chief Minister of Travancore-Cochin.
C. Achutha Menon - Former Chief Minister of Kerala
K. P. Karunakara Menon - Ex President of Nair Service Society
Ramesh Chennithala - Indian National Congress party leader, President Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC).
P. Krishna Pillai - Kerala's First Communist. Founder of the Communist movement in Kerala, popularly known as "Sakhavu".
O. Rajagopal - First BJP leader from Kerala to became union minister
N. P. Nayar - Freedom fighter and Administrator, Azad Hind Dal
Jyotindra Nath Dixit - Diplomat, Foreign secretary And Former National Security Advisor.
N. Sreekantan Nair - Founder member of the State Congress, Politician, Freedom Fighter, Trade Unionist
K. Jayakumar - Currently the Additional Chief Secretary, Government of kerala
Kavalam Madhava Panikkar a.k.a Sardar K M Panikker - Was an Indian Administrator and Diplomat, Prime Minister of Patiala and Kashmir Kingdoms.
K.G.Marar - Leader of Kerala unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for over two decades, until his death in 1995.
M.T.Ramesh - State General Secretary of BJP in Kerala.
Nirupama Rao - Currently Foreign Secretary of India.
A. R. Pillai - Freedom Fighter who worked in Germany.
G. K. Pillai - Currently Home Secretary of India.
B. Sandhya - I.G of Kerala Police.
Jayaram Padikkal - Former DGP of Kerala Police.
K. Sankaranarayanan - Currently Governor of Jharkhand.Former Minister of Kerala.
K.P.R. Gopalan - He was Freedom Fighter and Communist Leader.
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan - Politburo member of CPM.Currently Home and Tourism Minister.
M.V. Raghavan - Founder of CMP.Former minister of Kerala.
G. Sudhakaran - Politician and Minister.
P. K. Sreemathy - Politician and Presently Health Minister.
Thennala G. Balakrishna Pillai - Politician And Member of Rajya Sabha.
N. K. Premachandran - Politician And Minister.
M. Vijayakumar - Politician And Minister.
K. Govindan - Deputy Managing Director (retd), State Bank of India
V. Balakrishna Eradi -  Former Chief Justice of Kerala High Court and Former Justice of Supreme Court.Former.
P. Govinda Pillai - a veteran of Communist Party of India, marxist leader and ideologue from Kerala
Madhav Das Nalapat - holder of the UNESCO Peace Chair.
K. Muraleedharan - Politician.
R.B. Sreekumar - Former Gujarat State Director General of Police.
Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan - Politician.
K.C. Venugopal – MP,  Central Minister for State for Energy & Indian Politician.
K Vijay Kumar - Former Chief of Tamil Nadu Special Task Force.
Vaikom Viswan - Politician.
Koliyakode N. Krishnan Nair - Ex. MLA, Politician and President Kerala State Cooperative Bank.
V Thulasidas - Former Chief Secretary of Tripura, Former CMD of Air India. Currently Special Officer & Managing Director of the Kannur International Airport Limited

 

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