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Malayalam Literature

* 21 Dec 2022
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.

* 21 Dec 2022
Kannassan Poets
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.