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Thunchathu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan was a leading light of Bhakthi
movement in Kerala who enjoyed the status of ‘Acharya’ (Guru) in
Malayalam. He is also honored as the father of the Malayalam language.
Literary historians include him in the category of ancient triumvirate
poets. Ezhuthachan is the originator of ‘Kilipattu’ movement in Kerala.
Even though we do not know his real name, Ezhuthachan himself had
mentioned about an elder brother named Raman. So, some researchers
maintain that as his elder brother was Raman, it was only natural that
the younger one came to be known as Ramanujan.
It is generally considered that the main works of Ezhuthachan are
Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilipattu, Mahabharatham Kilipattu, Irupathinaalu
Vritham, Harinamakeerthanam, Chinta Ratnam and Uthara Ramayanam. Among
his works, only Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilipattu and Mahabharatham Kilipattu
received much acceptance and appreciation. Though Bhagavatham Kilipattu
is in the name of Ezhuthachan, most research scholars dispute it.
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Known as Niranam poets, the Kannassan poets include Madhava
Panikkar, Sankara Panikkar and Rama Panikkar. It is believed that all of
them hailed from Niranam, a hamlet near Thiruvalla Taluk at
Pathanamthitta district. Members of the same family, they lived between
AD 1350 and AD1450. Madhava Panikkar and Sankara Panikkar were uncles of
Rama Panikkar. Kannappa Panikkar, the father of Madhava Panikkar and
Sankara Panikkar, was known as Kannassan. But modern day researchers
dispute that Niranam poets are of the same family. They argue that the
Kannassan poets belonged to different regions.
They contend that
Madhava Panikkar who composed Bhasha Bhagavad Gita belonged to Malayinkeezhu,
Sankara Panikkar, author of Bharatha Mala hailed from Vellangallur and
Rama Panikkar who wrote Ramayanam, Bhagavatham, Bharatham, Sivarathri Mahatmyam was from Niranam.
‘Kannassan Parambu’ near Thiruvalla is supposed to be the birthplace of Rama Panikkar.