man of letters, was an eminent social reformer, founder
of Kerala Kaumudi, pioneering journalist
and renaissance leader as well.
as the son of Velayudhan and Kunhichali at Mayyanad
near Kollam, he stopped his schooling at the eighth
standard. He, however, made good by hardwork, learnt
the epics in earnest and became an enlightened scholar
enabling him to fight against superstitions of every
began contributing poems and articles on Sujananandini
published by Paravoor Kesavanasan. Subsequently he served
as its sub editor. C.V., as he was popularly known,
started a school for low caste Hindus at Vellamanal,
Mayyanad, Quilon and became its headmaster.
untiring activist of SNDP Yogam, he was elected its
general secretary in 1928 and 1931. Valmiki Ramayanam,
a prose rendering of the great epic, was his first work
to come out in print, in 1901. It won him wide acclaim
prompting him to write Vyasabharatam and
Panchavadi. Meanwhile, Karthikodayam
brought out his prowess as a poet.
was as the founder-editor of 'Kerala Kaumudi'
that C.V. evinced his insight and farsight as a journalist.
Started in 1911, in Mayyanad, it had grown over the
years as one of the most influential dailies in Malayalam,
that has raised its voice against injustice on all fronts.
had been on the editorial board of Malayala Rajyam,
Navajeevan, Navasakthi, Malayala Manorama, Bhashaposhini,
Kathamalika, Vivekodayam and Yuktivadi. He had
also been a lawyer and a member of Sree Moolam Prajasabha.
has been hailed for his role behind the historic Temple
Entry Proclamation (1936). Credited with an austere
but lucid style, he has enshrined himself into the annals
of Malayalam letters.
passed away in 1949 after a fruitful innings spanning
nearly six decades.