List of people from Kerala
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The following is a list of notable people from Kerala, India: Though many personalities in this list are/were multi-faceted, their names are classified according to their major area of work. For more details please see their respective articles.
- 1 Ancient rulers and kings
- 2 Head of state
- 3 Parliament of India
- 4 Governors of States
- 5 Council of Ministers, India
- 6 Chief Ministers
- 7 Ministers
- 8 Political leaders
- 9 Award winners
- 10 Government and world organisations
- 11 Military leaders
- 12 Jurists
- 13 Academia
- 14 Business and commerce
- 15 Social Reformers
- 16 Religion and Spirituality
- 17 Literature and writing
- 18 Journalists
- 19 Film and media
- 20 Artists, painters, sculptors
- 21 Sports
- 22 Activists
- 23 Performing Artists
- 24 References
Ancient rulers and kings
- Rama Varma Kulashekhara- The last king of the Later Chera Dynasty and undivided Kerala in the 12th century, ruled for 36 years
- Zamorin of Calicut (Saamoothiri, സാമൂതിരി)- Rulers of Malabar from 14th and 18th century AD.
- Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja – Known as the Lion of Kerala, he was a prince from the royal dynasty of Pazhassi Kottayam.
- Raja Kesavadas – Dewan of Travancore during the reign of Dharma Raja
- Unniraman Koikkal I – (1500–1503)
- Veera Kerala Varma – (1537–1565)
- Kesava Rama Varma – (1565–1601)
- Rama Varma – (1701–1721)
- Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran – (1790–1805)
- Rama Varma XV – (1895–1914)
- Kerala Varma – (1946–1948)
- Rama Varma Parishettu Thampuran – (1948–1964). The last king of Cochin
- Marthanda Varma Kulasekhara Perumal – (1729–1758)
- Balarama Varma Kulasekhara Perumal- Dharma Raja Karthika Thirunal – (1758–1798)
- Balarama Varma Kulasekhara Perumal – (1798–1810)
- Gouri Laksmibhai Ranee – (1810–1815)
- Gouri Parvathibhai Ranee – (1815–1829)
- Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma Kulasekhara Perumal – (1829–1847)
- Uthram Thirunal Marthanda Varma Maharaja – (1847–1860)
- Ayilyam Thirunal Rama Varma Maharaja – (1860–1880)
- Visakham Thirunal Rama Varma Maharaja – (1880–1885)
- Shri Moolam Thirunal Maharajah – (1885–1924)
- Sethu Laksmibhai Ranee – (1924–1933)
- Shri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma Maharajah – (1933–1949) – Last King of Travancore; Rajpramukh of Thiru-Kochi.
Head of state
President of India
Parliament of India
Governors of States
- K.C. Abraham, eleventh Governor of Andhra Pradesh from 1978 to 1983
- P.C. Alexander
- P V Cherian, eighth Governor of Maharashtra from 1964 to 1969
- M. M. Jacob, ninth Governor of Meghalaya from 1995 to 2007
- A. J. John, Anaparambil, fourth Governor of Madras, from 1956 to 1957
- M K Narayanan, 24th Governor of West Bengal from 2010 to present
- Pattom A. Thanu Pillai
- Vakkom Purushothaman, eleventh Governor of Mizoram from 2011 to present
- K. Sankaranarayanan, 21st Governor of Maharashtra from 2010 to present
- K.K.Viswanathan sixth Governor of Gujarat from 1973 to 1978
Council of Ministers, India
Union Cabinet Ministers
- John Mathai – Minister for Finance. (1948–1950).
- V. K. Krishna Menon – Minister for Defence. (1957–1962).
- Panampilly Govinda Menon – Minister for Law and Railways (1969–1970).
- K. P. Unnikrishnan – Minister for |Telecommunications (1989–1990).
- K. Karunakaran – Minister for Industries. (1995).
- A.K. Antony – Minister of Defence (2006-2014); Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (1993–1995).
- Vayalar Ravi – Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs (2006– 2014); Minister for Civil Aviation (2011).
Minister of State (Independent Charges)
- M. P. Veerendra Kumar – Ministry of Labour with additional charge of Urban Affairs. (1997–1998).
- K. V. Thomas – Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. (2009 – 2014).
Minister of State (MoS)
- Lakshmi N. Menon – Ministry of External Affairs of India (1957–1966).
- S Krishna Kumar – Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (1985–1987); Textiles (1987–1988); Information and Broadcasting (1988–1989); Petroleum and Defence (Concurrently) (1991–1993); Non-Conventioal Energy sources and Agriculture (Concurrently) (1993–1996).
- Mullappally Ramachandran – Ministry of Home Affairs (2009-2014); Agriculture and Cooperation (1991–1996).
- M. M. Jacob – Ministries of Parliamentary Affairs, Water Resources and Home Affairs at different periods (1987–93).
- O. Rajagopal – Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. (1999–2004).
- Shashi Tharoor – Ministry of External Affairs of India (2009–2010), Minister of State for Human Resource Development (2012 - 2014)
- E. Ahamed – Ministry of External Affairs(2011- onwards)and minister of state for Human Resource Development minister and minister of state for railways (2004 – 2014).
- K. C. Venugopal – Ministry of Power (2011-2014)
- Kodikkunnil Suresh - Ministry of Labour and Employment (2012 – 2014)
- M. G. Ramachandran- Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (1977–1987).
- Janaki Ramachandran – Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (1988).
- T. M. Varghese – Minister for Education, Travancore (1948), of Travancore-Cochin. (1952).
- C. Kesavan – Minister of Travancore (1948); Chief Minister of Travancore-Cochin. (1951–52).
- E. John Philipose – Minister for Public Works of Travancore-Cochin. (1949–1951)
- Joseph Mundassery – Minister for Education & Co-operation. Kerala. (1957–1959).
- K. R. Gowri Amma – Minister for Revenue (1957–1959); (1967–1969); Minister for Industries (1980–1981); (1987–1991) and for Agriculture (2001–2006).
- K.M. Mani – Minister for Finance (1975–1977), (1980–1986) & (2011-incumbent); Home Affairs (1977–1979); Irrigation (1987); Revenue (1991–1996) & (2001-2006).
- E.John Jacob – Minister for Food and Agriculture (1977–1978).
- Ramesh Chennithala – Minister for Rural Developmeent (1986–1987)
- M. P. Veerendra Kumar – Minister for forests (1987–1991)
- P. K. Kunhalikutty – Minister for Industries. (1991–1996); (2001–2005) and (2011– incumbent)
- Pinarai Vijayan – Minister for Electric power and Co-operatives (1996–1998).
- M.A. Baby – Minister for Education. (2006–2011).
- Mathew T. Thomas – Minister for Transport. (2006–2009).
- Paloli Mohammed Kutty – Minister for Local Self Government. (2006–2011).
- P. J. Joseph – Minister for Public Works (2006); water Resoures. (2011-incumbent)
- Monce Joseph – Minister for Public Works (2007–2009)
- K. J. George- Minister of Home, Karnataka (2013–incumbent).
- A. P. Udhayabhanu – Member Travancore State Assembly (1944–1952).
- C.P.Mathen – Member of Parliament (1952); Indian Ambassador to Sudan (1957–1960).
- A.K. Gopalan (AKG) – Leader of the Opposition (India), Lok Sabha (1952–1977). Communist Party of India (Marxist).
- Mathai Manjooran – Member of Rajya Sabha (1952–1954).
- K. M. George – Member, Kerala Legislatve Assembly. (1960–1964). Founder Kerala Congress. (1964).
- K.Damodaran- (Damodaran Kizhedath) – Member Rajya Sabha. (1964–1970). The first 'Malayalee Communist'. (1937).
- Thennala Balakrishna Pillai – Member Rajya Sabha, three terms (1991–1998); (2003–2009).
- P. Krishna Pillai – Founder of communist movement in Kerala (1937).
- Azhikodan Raghavan- Communist Party Leader in Kerala.
- Pannyan Raveendran – Member Loka Sabha (2006–2012). Kerala State Secretary, Communist Party of India.
- Pinarai Vijayan – Kerala State Secretary, CPI(M) (1998– incumbent), and member of the CPI(M) Politburo. (2002– incumbent).
- Prakash Karat – General Secretary, CPI(M) of India. (2005-incumbent).
- Panakkad Shihab Thangal – (Panakkad Sayeed Mohammedali Shihab Thangal) President of the Kerala state committee of the IUML.(1975–2009).
- Ramesh Chennithala – President, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (2005-incumbent). Four times Lok Sabha MP. (1989–2004)
- P. Chacko MLA – Member, Kerala Legislatve Assembly. (1960–1964).
- Dr. George Thomas, Kerala Legislatve Assembly. (1967–1970).
- M. T. Jacob – Mayor of Aluva (2010-incumbent).
- Vakkom Bharathan – CPI(M)Leader,Trade Union Leader.
- Shri V.K. Krishna Menon – Public Affairs. (1954).
- Dr. John Matthai – Literature & Education. (1959)
- Dr. Kalpathi Ramakrishna Ramanathan (K. R. Ramanathan) – Science & Engineering. (1976).
- Prof. Mambillikalathil Kumar Menon (M. G. K. Menon) – Civil Service. (1985).
- Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer – Public Affairs. (1999).
- Prof. Kakkadan Nandanath Raj (K. N. Raj)- Literature & Education. (2000).
- Shri Adoor Gopalakrishnan – Arts. (2006).
- Shri George Sudarshan - Science & Engineering. (2007)
- (This is not a complete list)
- Vallathol Narayana Menon – Literature & Education, (1954). Poet (Mahakavi).
- Lakshmi Nandan Menon (Lakshmi N. Menon) – Public Affairs (1957).
- Shri Kumar Padma Siva Shankara Menon (K. P. S. Menon (senior)) – Civil Service (1958)
- Shri Mannathu Padmanabhan, (Mannathu Padmanabha Pillai) – Social Work (1966).
- Shri K.P. Kesava Menon – Public Affairs. (1966).
- Shri Govinda Shankara Kurup (G. Sankara Kurup) – Literature & Education. (1968). Poet.
- Shri Poyipilli Kunju Kurup, (Guru Kunchu Kurup) – Arts. (1971).
- Shri Kandathil Mammen Cherian, (K. C. Mammen Mappillai) – Literature & Education. (1971).
- Shri Pothan Joseph – Literature & Education. (1973).
- Shri George Sudarshan - Literature & Education (1976)
- Shri Prem Nazir – Arts. (1983).Actor.
- Shri Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai – Literature & Education. (1985). Novelist and short story writer.
- Smt. Nalapat Balamani Amma – Literature & Education. (1987). Poet.
- Dr. Marathanda Verma Sankaran Valiathan, (M. S. Valiathan) – Medicine. (1990).
- Shri Thomas Kailath – Science & Engineering. (2009).
- Shri Thyil Jacob Sony George (T. J. S. George) – Literature & Education. (2011).
- Shri K.J. Yesudas – Arts. (2002). Classical singer and musician.
- Shri. N Vittal - Civil Service- 2012
- (This is not a complete list)
- Dr. Prakash Verghese Benjamin (Dr. P.V. Benjamin) – Medicine. (1955).
- Shri Guru Kunchu Kurup – Arts. (1965).
- Shri Kandathil Mammon Cherian – Literature & Education. (1965)
- Shri C.K. Nair Alias V. Kunchu Nair – Arts. (1971).
- Shri Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair – Arts. (1973). Poet and Actor.
- Shri Mani Madhava Chakyar – Arts. (1974). Koodiyattam and Chakyar Koothu
- Shri K.J. Yesudas – Arts. (1975). Classical singer and musician.
- Shri Vaikom Muhammad Basheer – Literature & Education. (1982).
- Ms. Manathoor Devasia Valsamma, M. D. Valsamma – Sports. (1983).
- Shri Adoor Gopalakrishnan – Arts. 1984. Director, Screenwriter, Producer.
- Ms. P. T. Usha – Sports. (1985).
- Shri Bharath Gopi – Arts. (1991). Actor.
- Shri P.I. Mohammed Kutty (Mammootty) – Arts. (1998). Actor.
- Shri Viswanathan Mohanlal – Arts (2001). Actor.
- Ms. Shobana Chandrakumar – Arts. (2006). Actress and Bharatanatyam dancer.
- Smt. Sugathakumari – Literature & Education. (2006).
- Shri T. K. Alex - Science and Technology ( 2007)
- Shri Thilakan – Art. (2009). Actor.
- Shri K. Viswanathan - Social service (2009)
- Prof. (Dr). Palpu Pushpangadan – Science and Engineering. (2010).
- Resul Pokutty| Art 2010
- Smt. K. S. Chithra- Arts Singer - 2005
- Mr. Shaji N.Karun- Arts Director Cinematographer- 2011
- Dr Jose Chacko Periappuram Medicine. First Heart transplant Kerala.(2011)
- Gopalan Nair Shankar Science and Engineering-Architecture -2011
- Shri Kalamandalm Sivan Nambootiri - Art - Indian Classical Dance- Kutiyattam-2012
- Shri Soman Nair Priyadarsan - Art - Cinema- Direction- 2012
- Dr. J. Hareendran Nair - Medicine - Ayurveda -2012
- Smt. Pepita Seth - Literature and Education- 2012
- Madhu - Art- 2013
- Dipika Rebecca Pallikal Sports - Squash-2014
Government and world organisations
- K P S Menon Sr. – 1st Foreign Secretary of India and the 1st Ambassador of India to China.
- V. P. Menon – Political Reforms Commissioner to the Viceroy of India Lord Louis Mountbatten.
- N. R. Pillai – 1st Cabinet Secretary. (1950–1953)
- M. K. Vellodi – 3rd. Cabinet Secretary. (1957–1958)
- T.N.Seshan – 18th Cabinet Secretary. (1989–1989)
- K. M. Chandrasekhar – 29th Cabinet Secretary. (2007–2011)
- T. K. A. Nair – Current Adviser and Former Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India.
- P.M. Nair – Former Secretary to the President of India.
- Anna (George) Malhotra - First Woman IAS Officer of India
- Christy Fernandes - Former Secretary to the President of India.
- Shivshankar Menon – National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India.
- Jyotindra Dixit – Former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India.
- Nirupama Rao – Ambassador of India to United States of America.
- Ranjan Mathai – 28th Foreign Secretary of India.
- Gopal Pillai – Former Home Secretary of India.
- Kavalam Panikkar – Former Home Secretary of India.
- Hormis Tharakan – Former Chief of the Research and Analysis Wing.
- S. S. N. Moorthy - Former CBDT Chairman.
- P. J. Thomas – 14th Central Vigilance Commissioner of India.
- R.B. Sreekumar – Former Director General of Police of Gujarat.
- Letika Saran – Former Director General of Police of Tamil Nadu.
- K. Koshy - Former Director General, Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) & Civil Defence
- Reeta Menon - Chairman of India Trade Promotion Organization.
- Moorkoth Ramunni – 4th Administrator of Lakshadweep.
- Shashi Tharoor – Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, (2001-2007)
- Vijay K. Nambiar – Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.(2007-2012).
- Chandran Nair – Civil servant with UNESCO (1981-2004).
- Abraham Mathai - Chief Security Advisor, United Nations Human Rights Organisation, Geneva (1997-).
- General Sundararajan Padmanabhan – 22nd General of the Indian Army and Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army.(2000–2002)
- Lieutenant General Philip Campose - Vice Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army.
- Lieutenant General Bobby Cherian Matthews – General officer commanding of Konark Corps.
- Lieutenant General G.M. Nair – Military Secretary of India.(2010 - ?)
- Lieutenant General K.P. Candeth – Deputy Chief of Army Staff.(1965–1971?)
- Lieutenant General Satish Nambiar – Head of Mission of the United Nations Protection Force.(1992–1993).
- Lieutenant General Yohannan Chacko Tharakan - Director General Army Headquarters.
- Havildar Thomas Philipose - medal winner in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
- [Param Vishist Seva Medal holders]
- Air Marshal E.P.R. Nair – Commanding-in Chief of the Training Command, Indian Air Force – (1981-1985).
- Air Marshal E.N. Nair – Commanding-in Chief of the Eastern Air Command, Indian Air Force.
- Air Marshal Narayan Menon – Air Officer-in-Charge (Personnel), Air Headquarters – (1999-2004) 
- Air Marshal patathil Venugopal.
Ati Vishist Seva Medal Holders
- Air Commodore George Verghis, AVSM - Command Signals Officer, Western Air Command, Indian Air Force (1973-1976)
- Vice-Admiral K. N. Sushil - Former Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command.
- Vice Admiral EC Kuruvila, Western Fleet Commander during India-Pakistan War (1971), Chairman & Managing Director, Mazagon Dock, Mumbai (1972-1976)
- Vice-Admiral P. J. Jacob - Former Vice Chief of Naval Staff.
Chief Justice of India
Judges of the Supreme Court of India
- P. Govinda Menon – (1956–1957) 
- K. K. Mathew – (1971–1976).
- V.R. Krishna Iyer – (1973–1980).
- V. Balakrishna Eradi – (1981–1987)
- T.K. Thommen – (1988– )
- M. Fathima Beevi – (1989–1992). 1st woman Judge of the Supreme Court of India.
- K. S. Paripoornan – (1994–1997).
- K.T. Thomas – (1996–2002)
- Cyriac Joseph – (2008–2012).
Women Judges of the High Court
- Smt. Justice Anna Chandy – Judge of the High Court of Kerala (1959–1967) and the first woman in India to be a judge of a High Court.
- Kumari Justice P. Janaki Amma – Second woman Judge of the High Court of Kerala (1974–1982).
- Madhava of Sangamagrama – (c.1350-c.1425) – astronomer-mathematician
- Jyeshtadeva – (c. 1500 – c. 1610) – astronomer-mathematician of the Kerala school of astronomy and mathematics and author of, a treatise on calculus.
- George Sudarsan – Padma Vibhushan Emeritus professor.
- Thomas Kailath – Padma Bhushan. Professor of Engineering.
- Faisal Kutty – Professor of Law.
- George Varghese – Professor of Computer Science.
- K. Mani Chandy –Professor of Computer Science.
- Mathai Varghese – Professor of Mathematics.
- Pulickel Ajayan – Professor of Engineering.
- Thomas Zacharia – Computer Scientist.
- T. Pradeep – Professor of Chemistry.
- Father V.C. Samuel – Theologian, historian, author and multilinguist.
- P. N. Vinayachandran – Associate Professor of Oceanography.
- Thanu Padmanabhan – Professor.
- G. Balakrish Nair – Director.
Head of Institutions
- Eluvathingal Devassy Jemmis - Director of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram.
- G. Mohan Gopal - Director of Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Contemporary Studies.
- M. G. K. Menon – Former President of the Indian Statistical Institute.
- V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai – 6th Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University.
- Abraham Verghese – Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Chair of Department of Internal Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.
- Mani Menon – Director of the Vattikuti Urology Institute at the Henry Ford Hospital.
- Thomas Thomas – First Indian to become Cardio-Thoracic surgeon.
- M. Krishnan Nair – Leading oncologist
- M. S. Valiathan, Cardiac surgeon, Former Vice Chancellor, Manipal University.
- R. Kesavan Nair – Renowned surgeon
- Vaidyaratnam P. S. Warrier – Ayurvedic physician and founder of the Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala.
Scientists and technocrats
Business and commerce
- Thomas Kurian - Executive Vice President of Product Development at Oracle Corporation.
- Reji Abraham – Managing Director of ABAN Group of Companies.
- Kris Gopalakrishnan – Co-Chairman and former CEO of Infosys Technologies.
- S. D. Shibulal – CEO and Managing Director of Infosys Technologies.
- T K Kurien – CEO of Wipro.
- R Gopalakrishnan – Executive Director of Tata Sons.
- R K Krishna Kumar - Executive Director of Tata Sons.
- Mavila Nair – Former Chairman and Managing Director of Union Bank of India.
- Gokulam Gopalan – Chairman of Gokulam Group of Companies.
- Padmasree Warrior – CTO of Cisco Systems.
- George Alexander Muthoot – Managing Director of Muthoot Finance and Muthoot Group.
- Verghese Kurien – Founder Chairman of Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd.
- Thakiyudeen Wahid – Owner of East West Airlines.
- K.M. Mammen Mappilai – Founder of MRF Tyres & Manorama publications.
- C. P. Krishnan Nair – Founder of the Leela Group of Hotels.
- Rajmohan Pillai – Chairman of Beta Group.
- Kochouseph Chittilappilly – Managing Director of V Guard Industries Ltd.
- M. A. Yousuf Ali – Founder of EMKE Group, Lulu Hypermarkets and Supermarkets in United Arab Emirates.
- Beena Kannan – Managing Director and Lead Designer of Seematti
- Nadakkal Parameswaran Pillai or "Coffee House Pillai"- Cofounder of Indian Coffee Houses in Kerala.
- Ajit Balakrishnan – Founder and Chairman of Rediff.
- PNC Menon - Founder of Sobha Developers Limited
- Unni Warrier - Co-Founder and Former President, chairman, CEO of CyberMedia.
- Subash Menon - Founder Chairman, Subex & currently Chairman of Kivar Group
- Sir Chettur Sankaran Nair – KCIE, President of the Indian National Congress (1897–1898).
- Variyan Kunnathu Kunjahammed Haji - The great warrior fought against British in Kerala.
- Lakshmi Sehgal – As Captain Lakshmi, she commanded the Jhansi Rani Regiment of the INA under Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
- Veliyankode Umar Khasi - the mystic leader and Muslim scholar, was a freedom fighter and poet.
- N.P. Nayar – Administrator of Azad Hind Dal.
- Ammu Swaminathan
- Accamma Cherian - Jhansi Rani of Travancore
- Mohammed Rahiman – Freedom fighter and former KPCC President.
- Vakkom Majeed – former Member of Travancore-Cochin State Assembly.
- T. M. Varghese – Minister of Travancore-Cochin.
- C. Kesavan – Chief Minister of Travancore-Cochin.
- K. Kelappan – Leader of the Payyannur Salt Satyagraha and the Guruvayur Satyagraha.
- Vaikom Muhammad Basheer - a Malayalam fiction writer,a humanist, freedom fighter, novelist and short story writer.
- K. P. Kesava Menon – Founder-Editor of the Mathrubhumi newspaper.
- A. K. Gopalan – Founder leader of the Communist Party of India.
- Velu Thampi Dalava –
- Ammu Swaminathan –
- A. J. John, Anaparambil
- Nettur. P. Damodaran- social worker.
- K. Kunhambu - He was an active participant in India's Freedom Struggle
- Moidu Moulavi – leader of the Indian National Congress.
- Adi Sankara (788–820) – Saint, poet, philosopher and reviver of Hinduism in India.
- Ayyankali- Leader of Dalits.
- K. M. Seethi - Saheb Bahadur usually referred to as Seethi Saheb
- Chattampi Swamikal (1853–1925) – Social reformer.
- C. Kesavan – Chief Minister of erstwhile state of Travancore-Cochin from 1951–52.
- K. M. Moulavi – Leader of the Khilafat movement and the first president of Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (1950).
- Lalithambika Antharjanam – Social reformer and writer.
- K. P. Kesava Menon – Founder of Mathrubhumi daily.
- Mathai Manjooran (1912–1970) – Socialist revolutionary, member of the Indian Parliament, Labor Minister in the 2nd EMS communist ministry.
- Mannathu Padmanabhan – Founder of Nair Service Society.
- M. C. Joseph – Rationalist, founding editor of Yukthivadi.
- Nawab Rajendran – Social activist.
- Sree Narayana Guru (1856–1928) – Social reformer, scholar, teacher, saint and Vedantin.
- Sahodaran Ayyappan – Social reformer, follower of Sri Narayana Guru.
- Nataraja Guru – Disciple of Narayana Guru.
- Vakkom Moulavi (1877–1933) – Social reformer, educationist, writer and journalist.
Religion and Spirituality
- Sree Narayana Guru – Founder of Sivagiri Mutt and social reformer of India.
- Chattampi Swamikal- Hindu sage and social reformer.
- Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi (1935–2006) – Founder Chairman of Hindu Aikya Vedi.
- Tapovan Maharaj – Teacher of Swami Chinmayananda and Swami Sundaranand.
- Swami Ranganathananda – 13th president of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission.
- Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha – Spiritual Leader and the Founder of Narayanashrama Tapovanam.
- Karunakara Guru- Spiritual Leader and the Founder of Santhigiri Ashram.
- Nitya Chaitanya Yati – exponents of Advaita Vedanta.
- Chinmayananda – Founder of Chinmaya Mission.
- Mata Amritanandamayi - Spiritual Leader and Founder of Mata Amritanandamayi Math popularly known as Amma
- Panakkad Thangal
- Kanthapuram A. P. Musalyar
- Ahmad Kutty - An Islamic scholar.
- E.K. Aboobacker Musliar
- Cherussery Musliyar
- KT Manu Musliar
- Kalambadi Muhammad Musliyar
- Ullal Thangal
- Hyderali Shihab Thangal
- Chekannur Maulavi – A progressive Islamic cleric.
Literature and writing
- A. R. Raja Raja Varma – Linguist and grammarian
- Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri – Malayalam poet. winner of the Kendra Sahithya Academy Award for Malayalam in 1973.
- Appu Nedungadi – Author of Kundalatha, first Malayalam Novel.
- Anita Nair – Writer.
- Arundhati Roy – Writer, awarded the Booker Prize in 1997 for 'The God of Small Things', which is set in Kerala.
- Ayyampuzha Harikumar – Poet, Lyricist,[Malyalam – Sanskrit]
- Balachandran Chullikkadu – Poet
- Balamani Amma – Poet; won the literary medal in India, the Saraswathi Samman.
- Chandiroor Divakaran - poet, folk song writer and 2011 Ambedkar Award winner
- Changampuzha Krishna Pillai (1911–1948) – Poet, author of the pastoral elegy 'Ramanan' (1936)
- Cherusseri Namboothiri – poet, Author of 'Krishnagaadha (The Song of Krishna)'.
- D. Vinayachandran – Poet.
- Edasseri Govindan Nair – Poet and Playwright.
- G. Sankara Kurup – Poet.
- G. S. Unnikrishnan Nair – Science Writer, children's Writer, winner of national science communication award, Bhima Balasahithya Award and State Science Literature Award. Author of 'Ottakangal Paranja Katha'
- Gayatri – Wrter, Painter, art and literary critic
- George Menachery – Historian, Editor of The St. Thomas Christian Encyclopaedia of India, Ed., The Indian Church History Classics (The Nazranies).
- Hameed Chennamangaloor – writer, progressive Muslim intellectual, critic of religious fundamentalism.
- E. Harikumar Novelist and Short Story Writer.
- Kadammanitta Ramakrishnan – Noted Malayalam Poet.
- Kalakkaththu Kunchan Nambiar – poet
- Kamala Das – English poet and novelist, also wrote in Malayalam under the pen-name Madhavikkutty. First Indian woman to openly write about woman's sexuality. Embraced Islam under the name Kamala Suraiyya in 1999. Asian Poetry Prize, 1964, Kent Award, 1965.
- Kandathil Varughese Mappillai – Writer and poet
- Kesari Balakrishna Pillai – Social thinker, Literary critic
- Kumaran Asan - Poet - Also called Mahakavi Kumaran Asan - Died at age 51 in a boat (named Redeemer) accident enroute Alapuzha to Kollam in January 1924.
- Kunjunni – Malayalam Poet.
- N. S. Madhavan – Writer and civil servant.
- M. Krishnan Nair – Literary critic,
- M. Mukundan – Novelist,
- Moothiringode Bhavathrāthan Namboothiripad – author and social
- Moyinkutty Vaidyar – poet
- M. P. Parameswaran – Scientist turned social activist,
- M. P. Paul – Literary critic.
- M. T. Vasudevan Nair – Writer and cinema personality. Jnanpith Award, 1995.
- Niranam Poets – Three Malayali poets Madhava Panikkar, Sankara Panikkar and Rama Panikkar of the Kannassa family. They lived between AD 1350 and 1450 in the Niranam village of Tiruvalla
- Nitya Chaitanya Yati – Scholar, monk.
- O. Chandumenon – novelist
- O. V. Vijayan – Novelist, cartoonist.
- O. N. V. Kurup
- P. C. Devassia (1906–2006) :Sanskrit scholar and poet who won the Sahitya Akademi Award (1980) for Sanskrit for his poem Kristubhagavatam.
- P. Parameswaran – Director of Bharatiya Vichara Kendram and former President of Vivekanand Kendra, Kanyakumari. Also known as Parameswarji.
- P. F. Mathews - Novelist, Short story writer and Screenwriter
- P. K. Gopi – Poet.
- P. M. Taj – Writer
- Paul Zacharia – Writer.
- Poonthanam – Poet belonging to the Bhakti school,
- Sara Joseph – Writer, Novelist, Sahitya Academy winner.
- Shashi Tharoor – Novelist, Commonwealth Writers Prize, 1991; previous Under-Secretary-General (Communication and Public Information) of the United Nations, Deputy Minister of External affairs.
- S. K. Pottekkatt – author winner of the Jnanpith award of 1980.
- Shreekumar Varma - novelist, award-winning playwright, poet, children's author.
- Sukumar Azhikode – teacher, critic and orator.
- Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai – Novelist and short story writer. Jnanpith Award in 1984.
- Thirunalloor Karunakaran – poet, scholar, teacher and leftist intellectual
- Thunchaththu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan – Architect of modern Malayalam. poet p
- Ulloor S Parameswara Iyer – Poet,
- Uroob – Writer, Novelist, Sahitya Academy winner, winner of president of India's silver medal.
- Vaikom Muhammad Basheer – Writer, philosopher.
- Vakkom Abdul Khader Moulavi – Publisher social reformer, and a leader of the progressive Islahi Movement in Kerala.
- Vallathol Narayana Menon – Mahaakavi. Founder of Kerala Kalamandalam,
- Vayalar Ramavarma – lyricist
- Vayalar Sarath Chandra varma – Malayalam film
- Vijayan, M. N – writer, literary critic, social activist.
- Vrindavanam Venugopalan – Writer, Journalist and Educationalist.
- Vyloppilli Sreedhara Menon – Malayalam poet
- Yusuf Ali Kechery – Poet,Lyricist.
- Rohit Viswanath- CNN Young Journalist of the Year 2006. Editorial Page writer with The Times of India.
- T. N. Gopakumar Editor-in-Chief, Asianet News
- Nisha Pillai -BBC newsreader
- Sunnykutty Abraham- COO and Chief News Editor of Jaihind TV and noted political analyst
- Sebastian Paul- Media critic.
- K. C. Mammen Mappillai- Founder of Malayala Manorama.
- K. M. Mathew- Chief Editor of Malayala Manorama.
- K. M. Roy- Journalist.
- V. K. Madhavan Kutty – Former Editor of the Malayalam daily, Mathrubhumi, and a founder director of satellite channel Asianet
- Binoy Job – Former Group Deputy Editor of NDTV- New Delhi Television, and a founder Editor of Development Channel, currently Director Media and Communication to Indian Prime Minister
- O. Abdurahman-Editor-in-charge of Madhyamam
- Kummanam Rajasekharan – Managing Director Malayalam Daily Janmabhumi, General Secretary Hindu Aikya Vedi
Film and media
- Nafisa Joseph
- Lisa Haydon
- Surelee Joseph
- Rima Kallingal
- Nina Manuel
- Sana Khan
- Kalpana Iyer
- Sheetal Menon
- Lakshmi Menon (model)
- Parvathy Omanakuttan
- Swetha Menon
- Shobana – Padma Shri recipient, two time National Award winner.
- Sukumari – Padma Shri recipient.
- Urvashi – National award recipient.
- Monisha Unni – National award winner
- Meera Jasmine – National award winner.
- K. P. A. C. Lalitha – National award winner
- Priyamani – National award winner.
- Revathi Menon
- Manju Warrier –
- Kavya Madhavan-
- Asin –
- Bhavana (actress)-
- Samvrutha Sunil –
- Navya Nair-
- Kaviyoor Ponnamma –
- Nayantara –
- Vidya Balan-
- Malaika Arora
- Sana Khan
- Amrita Arora
- Shweta Menon
- Nithya Menen
- Parvathi Menon
- Sindhu Menon
- Remya Nambeesan
- Ann Augustine
- Mammootty – Padma Shri recipient & National award winner for three times
- Mohanlal – Padma Shri recipient and National award winner for three times
- Sathyan – Actor.
- Prem Nazir – Padma Bhushan recipient. Holds four Guinness records.
- Thikkurussi Sukumaran Nair – Padma Shri recipient. Actor; winner of the national award for Best Supporting Actor in 1959.
- Madhu – Actor
- Jayan – Actor
- M.N. Nambiar
- Suresh Gopi – Actor and winner of the national award for Best Actor in 1998.
- Dileep – Actor
- Surendranatha Thilakan – Actor, Padma Shri recipient; winner of the national award for Best Supporting Actor in 1988.
- Nedumudi Venu – Actor.
- Jagathy Sreekumar – Actor and comedian.
- Bharath Gopi – Actor, Padma Shri recipient and winner of the national award for Best Actor in 1977.
- Jayaram – Actor, Padma Shri recipient.
- Murali – Actor and winner of the national award for Best Actor in 2002.
- Prithviraj Sukumaran – Actor. kerala state award winner 2006.
- Premji – Stage and film actor.
- M. G. Ramachandran – Tamil Actor.
- Salim Kumar – Actor, comedian and winner of the national award for Best Actor in 2010.
- Krishnakumar Kunnath, also known as KK – Singer.
- Benny Dayal – Singer.
- Ajith Kumar – Tamil film actor.
- John Abraham
- Kay-Kay-Menon (Krishna Kumar Menon) – Bollywood actor originally from Kerala.
- Naveen Andrews – Actor.
- Shishir Kurup- Hollywood actor.
- Suresh Menon – Bollywood comedian/actor.
Film Producer and Directors
- Bejoy Nambiar-Film Director
- M. Night Shyamalan- Hollywood Film Director
- M. T. Vasudevan Nair – Writer and cinema personality. Jnanpith Award, 1995.
- I.V. Sasi- Film Director.
- Priyadarshan- Film Director.
- Joshiy-Film Director.
- Sreenivasan-Writer, Director and Actor.
- Shaji N. Karun – Film Director.
- Bharathan- Film Maker.
- Siddique- Film Maker.
- Santosh Sivan – Director and Cinematogrpher.
- Resul Pookutty – Sound Engineer, first Oscar winning Indian (for film Slumdog Millionaire).
- Lohithadas – Film Director / Writer.
- G. Aravindan – Film director and cartoonist.
- P. Padmarajan (1945–1991)- Film director.
- Rosshan Andrrews – Director.
- Jayaraj – Director.
- Appachan Maliampurackal Chacko Punnoose – Film Director / Producer.
- Ranjith – Film Director / Writer.
- K P Kumaran – Film Maker
- G. Devarajan – music director.
- P.T.Kunju Muhammed – Film Director / Writer.
- Alberrt Antoni – Film Director
- Blessy – Film Maker.
- Madhu Muttam – Script writer.
- Fazil – Film Director / Writer.
- Shaji Kylas – Action film director
- Sibi Malayil – Malayalam Film Director.
- Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma – lyricist.
- KunchackoMaliampurackal Kunchacko – Film Producer.
- Bharath Gopi – Film, Drama Producer, Director and Actor.
- Sathyan Anthikkad – Malayalam Film Director.
- V.R.Sankar film director and writer.
- P.F. Mathews Script writer, recipient of National Award
- Sabu Cyril- Art director
- Sangeeth Sivan- Director
- John Matthew Matthan- Hindi film director.
- Benny Mathews – Hollywood director
- Rupesh Paul – Hollywood director
- Gowtham Menon – Tamil film director.
- Shajith Koyeri - National Film Awards winning sound designer 
- K. J. Yesudas – Classical singer and musician.
- V. Dakshinamoorthy – Carnatic Musician and Malayalam Music Director.
- Vayalar Ramavarma – Lyricist
- M. G. Sreekumar – Playback singer/ Music Director.
- Srinivas – Play back Singer / Music Director.
- P. Jayachandran – Playback Singer.
- K. S. Chithra – Playback singer.
- Kozhikode Abdul Kader – Playback singer
- Manjari Babu- Playback singer.
- Pradip Somasundaran- Playback singer.
- Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri – Lyricist.
- Sujatha Mohan- Playback singer.
- Vidhu Prathap – Play back singer
- Madhu Balakrishnan – Play back singer.
- KK-(Krishnakumar Kunnath)- Playback singer.
- M. Jayachandran - Music Director / Playback Singer
- Raveendran – Music director.
- G. Venugopal-Play back singer.
- Unni Menon – Playback singer and multiple Tamil State Award winner.
- Berny-Ignatius – Music Director duo
- Kannur Rajan – Music composer
- Ouseppachan – Music director.
- Gireesh Puthenchery – Lyricist / Writer.
- Sharreth - Music Director / Playback Singer
- Alex Paul – Music Director
- Sudeep Kumar - Playback Singer
- Sabrina Setlur -German rapper/singer.
- Soji Varghese -Playback Singer
- Nikhil Mathew -Playback Singer
- Unni Menon -Playback Singer
- Unnikrishnan -Playback Singer
- Vijay Yesudas -Playback Singer
- Swetha Mohan -Playback Singer
- Benny Dayal - Playback Singer
- Raja Ravi Varma – Painter.
- K. C. S. Paniker – Painter, founder of Cholamandal Artists' Village.
- Namboothiri (artist) - Painter and Sculptor
- T. K. Padmini – Painter
- A. Ramachandran – Painter.
- C. N. Karunakaran – Painter, Chairman of Kerala Lalitakala Academi
- Akkitham Narayanan – Painter, settled in Paris
- Balan Nair – Painter
- Sekar Ayyanthole – Painter, art teacher, former president of Kerala Chithrakala Parishath
- M. V. Devan- Artist, Writer.
- Bose Krishnamachari- Painter
- Paris Viswanathan – Painter, settled in Paris
- Yusuf Arakkal – Bangalore based painter.
- Kavitha Balakrishnan – Artist and Art historian
- V. S. Valiathan – Artist, Raja Ravivarma award winner.
- C.L Porinchukutty – the Raja Ravi Varma Awardee for the year 2011
- Gayatri- Painter, Art critic.
- Gopakumar R. P., Indian contemporary artist and Contemporary art collector Sedition art
- Kanayi Kunhiraman – Sculptor, Former Chairman of Kerala Lalitakala Academy
- Balan Nambiar - Sculptor, painter and research scholar
- Abu Abraham – Cartoonist.
- Cartoonist Shankar (1902–1989) - Political Cartoonist
- K. S. Pillai (1919–1978) – Political cartoonist.
- O. V. Vijayan Cartoonist, writer.
- Unni – Cartoonist,
- P. K. Manthri- Artist, Cartoonist.
- Gopikrishnan- Cartoonist.
- S. Jithesh – Performing Cartoonist.
- Toms – Creator of the cartoon characters Boban and Molly.
- Yesudasan – Cartoonist, Former Chairman of Kerala Lalitakala Academy.
|C. K. Lakshmanan||110 m Hurdles||1924||Paris|
|Thomas Varghese (Thiruvalla Pappan)||Football||1948||London|
|P.B. Mohammed Sali (Kottayam Sali)||Football||1952||Helsinki|
|Ivan Jacob ||400m||1952||Helsinki|
|S. S. Narayanan||Football||1956||Melbourne|
|S. S. Narayanan||Football||1960||Rome|
|T. Abdul Rahman||Football||1956||Melbourne|
|Manuel Frederick||Hockey||1972||Munich||The only person from Kerala to win a medal in the olympics|
|Suresh Babu||Long Jump||1972||Munich|
|T. C. Yohannan||Long Jump||1976||Montreal|
|P. T. Usha||100m & 200m||1980||Moscow|
|P. T. Usha||400m Hurdles||1984||Los Angeles||Placed fourth|
|P. T. Usha||400m Hurdles||1988||Seoul|
|P. T. Usha||4x400m||1996||Atlanta||Reserve|
|Shiny Wilson||800m||1984||Los Angeles|
|M. D. Valsamma||4x400m||1984||Los Angeles|
|Mercy Mathew Kuttan||400m||1988||Seoul|
|U. Vimal Kumar||Badminton||1992||Barcelona|
|K. M. Beenamol||4x400m||1996||Atlanta|
|K. M. Beenamol||4x400m||2004||Athens|
|K. M. Beenamol||400m||2000||Sydney|
|K. M. Binu||400m||2004||Athens|
|Anju Bobby George||Long Jump||2004||Athens|
|Anju Bobby George||Long Jump||2008||Beijing|
|Chitra K. Soman||4x400m||2004||Athens|
|Chitra K. Soman||4x400m||2008||Beijing|
|Renjith Maheswary||Triple Jump||2008||Beijing|
|Renjith Maheswary||Triple Jump||2012||London|
|Mayookha Johny||Triple jump||2012||London|
|Irfan Kolothum Thodi||20 km walk||2012||London|
|P. R. Sreejesh||Field hockey||2012||London|
- See Arjuna Award
|T. C. Yohannan||Athletics||1974|
|M. D. Valsamma||Athletics||1982|
|P. T. Usha||Athletics||1983|
|Cyril C. Valloor||Volleyball||1986|
|Anju Bobby George||Athletics||2002|
|I. M. Vijayan||Football||2003.|
|K. M. Binu||Athletics||2006|
|Chitra K. Soman||Athletics||2007|
- V. P. Sathyan – Former Captain of the India national football team.
- Tinu Yohannan – Former Indian cricket team player.
- C. V. Pappachan - Former Captain of India national football team
- Abey Kuruvilla – Indian cricket player.
- Pappachen Pradeep Naduparambil Pappachen Pradeep – Footballer and captain of India's U23 team.
- S Sreesanth Shanthakumaran Sreesanth - Indian cricket player.
- K. V. Rabiya – literacy campaigner, social worker.
- Padma Shri Mani Madhava Chakyar (1989–1991) - Koodiyattam and Chakyar Koothu artist, Natya Shastra scholar.
- Gopinath Muthukad – Magician.
- KalamandalamTirur Nambissan- Kathakali singer
- Kalamandalam Hyderali – Kathakali singer.
- Kalamandalam Gopi- Kathakali Artist.
- Kottakkal Sivaraman- Kathakali Artist.
- Guru Gopinath (1908–1987) – Classical Dancer, Master and Author
- Guru Chandrasekharan (1916–1998 )- Dancer and Choreographer.
- Mrinalini Sarabhai – Dancer.
- Oachira P. R. Sankarankutty (1926–2013), dancer and writer
- Athira – Violin Prodigy /Guinness World Record Holder.
- Kim Thayil Guitarist.
- Haripad Murukadas (b. 1971), Nadaswaram player, music educator 
- Paul Varghese - Comedian.
- Dan Nainan – Comedian. (Father is a Malayalee and mother a Japanese).
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- Padma Shri Awards (1954–1959)
- Padma Shri Awards (1960–1969)
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