Famous Personalities from TrivandrumJanuary 14, 2021

Famous Personalities from Trivandrum

Known as the ‘Evergreen city of India’, Trivandrum is also the capital of Kerala state and has been voted as the best city to live in, three years in a row. Rich in natural beauty, it’s also a major tourism hub, an IT hub as well as a medical tourism hub.

Aside from this, Trivandrum is also famous for a number of great luminaries in multiple fields. Here’s a look at some of them:

Sree Narayana Guru (1855-1928) – He was a spiritual leader and social reformer born into the lower Ezhava caste. He was responsible for a reform movement in Kerala against the caste system and promoted social equality and spiritual enlightenment.

Annie Mascarene (1902-1963) – She was a freedom fighter, nation builder and Kerala’s first female MP. She was part of the independence movement and imprisoned multiple times.

Shashi Tharoor (1956-till date) – He is an Indian politician, a writer and a current MP from Trivandrum with an earlier career as an international diplomat.

Kattassery Joseph Yesudas (1940- to date) – An outstanding Indian classical musician and playback singer with over 80,000 recorded songs in over a dozen languages, in a career spanning over 5 decades.

Balabhaskar Chandran (1978-2018) – A famous musician, violinist, composer, music director and record producer.

Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) – A part of the royal family of Travancore, he was a celebrated Indian artist and painter who used European techniques and Indian sensibilities to create many masterpieces.

Gopalan Nair Shankar – He is a 3-times national award winning architect who advocates ‘green architecture’ using eco-friendly, sustainable and locally available cost-effective materials for building.

G. Madhavan Nair (1943-to date) – He is the national award-winning ex-Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation and various other top government agencies.

Ayyankali (1863-1941) – He was a social reformer who worked for the improvement and social wellbeing of Dalit people who were also referred to as ‘untouchables’.

Ulloor S. Parameswara Iyer (1877-1949) – He was a great poet of Malayalam literature and a historian who has created many unmatched literary works.

Sanju Viswanath Samson (1994-to date) – An international-level cricket player representing Rajasthan Royals in IPL, he was the youngest cricketing captain for Ranjhi trophy and the youngest batsman to score 1,000 runs in IPL.

M. Krishnan Nair – He is a national award-winning oncologist who is the founding director of RCC, Trivandrum, Director, SUT Institute of Oncology and TCC, SUT Royal Hospital.

Mohammed Illias Sahadulla (1945-to date) – He is a physician and Founder Chairman of KIMS Healthcare Management Limited.

Aside from these, there are numerous other luminaries from Trivandrum including numerous outstanding film stars.



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