Entrepreneur and a Politician from Indian Union Muslim League
Abdul Wahab PV
Mr. P V Abdul Wahab is a person who rose from a humble background and now is a dynamic entrepreneur heading the PEEVEES and Bridgeway Group of companies. Today, Mr. Wahab’s business portfolio includes a conglomerate spread across India and the Middle East.
Besides his business interests, Mr. Wahab is associated with various cultural and social organizations and He Elected unopposed as Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) from Kerala for the period from 2004 to 2010. He is a member of Rajiv Gandhi International Sports Foundation, Malabar Development Board, Malabar Chamber of Commerce and Chairman, Malabar Airport Development Action Committee (MADAC).
Wahab, began his career in Dubai in 1974. Some 25 years later, Wahab now presides over the Bridgeway group, a multi-crore business network with a big presence in almost all major Gulf cities. Wahab's international businesses run the whole gamut from shipping and freight forwarding to oil drilling equipment, global trading, real estate and civil construction, health care and education.
His Indian business empire, the Peevees Group—named after his initials—is into automobile dealerships, real estate and property development, textile and garment manufacturing, education and more. He was also on the board of the public sector Kerala Minerals and Metals Ltd and Travancore Cements Limited, besides the Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences, one of Kerala's largest multi-speciality corporate hospitals.
Indian Political leader
Shri. Aryadan Muhammed, the veteran Congress leader, was born on 15 May 1935 as the son of Shri. Unneen and Smt. Kadiyamunni.
Entering politics as a Congress member in 1952, Shri. Muhammed, a member of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) since 1958, later served as Secretary, Calicut DCC, President, Malappuram DCC and as General Secretary, KPCC.
An active member of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) in the fifties, he has been the President of various labour unions as well.
Shri. Aryadan Muhammed became elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1977. He got elected to the KLA again in 1980 through a bye-election held on 28.5.1980. And since then, from 8th KLA to the 11th KLA he has been representing the same Nilambur Constituency as a Congress member.
From 25.1.1980 to 16.10.1981, Shri. Aryadan was the Minister for Labour and Forests in the Ministry headed by Shri. E.K.Nayanar. Later, from 20.4.1995 to 9.5.1996 he was the Minister for Labour and Tourism in the Ministry headed by Shri. A.K.Antony. In the present Ministry headed by Shri. Oommen Chandy he is holding the portfolio of Electricity since 5.9.2004.
During his long legislative career, he had also served as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee from 1998 to 2001 and Chairman of Public Undertakings Committee from 2001 to 2004.
In addition, he has held important positions in the State Marketing Federation as its President and was the Director of NCDC and NAFED.
During the Xth KLA Shri. Aryadan had also a remarkable stint as the Secretary of the Congress Parliamentary Party.
Smt. Mariam is his wife and they have two sons and two daughters.
Film Producer, Writer, & Politician
“My family upbringing and the values I have imbibed of integrity, Discipline, Compassion, dedication and service to the public has always stood me in my deeds…”
Aryadan Shoukath is a powerful activist of Secularism and a relentless fighter against religious obscurantism.
Aryadan Shoukath is a man with a vision through a spectrum. He discovers opportunities embedded deep to serve the public. For him Politics is an instrument for bringing about all round development. He believes that service and development leads the way for better public Service, Which strengthens the base and values a political party stands for. His clear vision and perfect understanding of the needs of the masses has helped him bring effective changes to benefit the common man.
In an Endeavour to reach critical messages to the public Mr.Aryadan Shoukath has penned many stories and translated them to cinema. All his writings deliver a socio – secularist message which is varied and appropriate to the context. His cinemas have always instilled a thought for people to ponder and q9hence make a change in the mind set and attitude. ‘Padam Onnu Oru Vilapam’ (Lesson one A Wail), ‘Daivanamathil’ (In the Name Of God), ‘Vilapangalkappuram’ (Beyond the Wail) are films he storied and produced. These films received International acclaim.
Asif Saheer is an Indian soccer player born in Mampad, Malappuram, Kerala. He plays as a striker for State Bank of Travancore, Kerala. He is a former captain of the Kerala State soccer team and is India's all-time leading goal scorer in the Santhosh Trophy tournament. Impressive performance in sevens football in Kerala, confirmed his place in the state team for the Santosh Trophy tournament. Saheer scored eight goals in his first Santhosh Trophy tournament and became the second highest goal scorer.
Saheer was born in a middle class Muslim family to Mohamed (Valiya Manukoya), a soccer player, and Fatima, a housewife. Along with his siblings, he grew up in Mampad. He attended pre-degree at M.E.S Mampad College, Mampad. His brother Habeeb, Shafeek and Shabir Ali have represented the Kerala state team on several occasions. His uncle Mampad Rahman was a well-known international soccer player who represented Indian team for many years.
Saheer participated in the Santosh Trophy for the first time in 1999. He scored eight goals in the 2000 tournament.With 6 goals, Saheer was the second highest goal scorer of Santosh trophy 2001 which Kerala won.He captained the Kerala team which was runner-up in the Santosh Trophy in 2002.'
Henry Valentine Connolly
Lt Henry Valentine Connolly was the Malabar Collector roughly between 1840 and1855
Lieutenant Henry Valentine Conolly, ICS (London, 5 December 1806–Calicut (India), 11 September 1855) was a British administrator in southern India. He was murdered by Moplah (Mappila - Muslim) insurgents at Collector's Residence at West Hill Bungalow, Calicut on 11 September 1855.
Henry Conolly was born on 5 December 1806 to Valentine Conolly of 37 Portland Place, London. He was the elder brother ofArthur Conolly, the famous British Captain of the Indian Army and explorer of Central Asia. He was educated at Rugby School, Warwickshire then moved to Madras, India and became a writer in the Madras Civil Service from 19 May 1824. He later served in Bellary in central India.
While District Collector and Magistrate of Malabar Conolly was known for his Conolly Canal, initiated 1848, and Conolly Teak Plot. The teak plantation was a pioneering example of systematic forest management. It contained some of the finest pieces of the tropical hardwood teak. The plantations were constructed by the Madras Government for the supply of teak timber to the port of Bombay. He is also remembered for his planning a coastal waterway in Malabar — what is known today as the Conolly Canal (although the introduction of railways around the time the canal was being completed had eclipsed its importance).
On the evening of 11 September 1855, at around nine o'clock Conolly was attacked at the Collector's Residence at West Hill Bungalow, Calicut by a small group of Mappilas. The murderers, Valassery Emalu, Puliyankunnath Thenu (who had escaped from prison at Calicut a month before) and Haiderman, a hairdresser, were eventually tracked and shot dead by the government forces led by Major Haly and Captain Davis (in an encounter after 6 days at large at Edavannappara inThiruvambadi). The Mappila rebels were using these escaped prisoners to murder Henry Conolly who suggested the idea of exile of religious leader Sayid Fasal Pukkoya Tangal of Mambrum. '
Dr. M. Usman Sahib
Former KNM President
Mr. Gopinath Muthukad, renowned magician from the southern state of India uses ‘magic’ as a medium for the past 37 years to spread virtuous ideals among the populace. Muthukad has a unique motto ‘Magic with a Mission’. Apart from magic, he also step his footprint as a successful Illusionist, mentor, escapologist and stunt performer. In 1990, he began his first mission with the direction of the Government of Kerala, carrying a social message to spread the message of literacy. In 1996, Muthukad established Asia’s first magic academy at Thiruvananthapuram. Upholding the torch of science, his academy not only propagates magical art to entertain public but also spreads moral values to the public.
Due to his creativity, attitude and dedication bestowed in magic Muthukad is awarded with ‘International Merlin Award’ (an award equals to Oscar in Magic) in 2011 by the International Magicians Society. He also become the ‘first magician’ who is credited with ‘Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy award’ in 1995. His passion towards magic not just ends with awards alone. Keeping in mind the unique motto, he follows his ideal mission both in his personal and professional life.
Being inspired by the stories of Vazhakunnam Naboothiri and some of the magic shows he witnessed, Muthukad was very passionate about magic even from age of seven. The chance he got to meet Shri. Radhakrishnan Malayat, fontly known as R K Malayat, the famous magician from Nilambur itself was a turning point in his life. Muthukad has chosen him as his guru that bestowed an opportunity for him to perform at great stages of R.K. Malayat. This provides a strong basement for Muthukad to make his entry in magic. As a magician, his magical debut on stage starts at the age of 10. Muthukad become popular for his unique styles after given a stunning performance by him at his tender age. After this, his magical career began to flourish and he performed magic in many stages organized within the country and in abroad.
Born on April 10th, 1964 in Kavalamukkatta, a small village near Nilambur, Muthukad is the scion of Devaki Amma and Kunjunni Nair. He was instilled the passion for magic by his father who was a farmer by profession. Inspired by the stories from his father about Vazhakunnam Namboothiri who was a great magician of Kerala, Muthukad was eager to learn magic from the age of seven. Completed his primary and secondary formal education in schools nearby to his home, he has done his bachelor degree in Mathematics from NSS College, Manjeri. His magic learning curve and early performances went parallel to his education, but in midst of his bachelor law degree, he decided magic as his profession and gave up the college. Muthukad is married to Mrs. Kavitha and the couple has a son, Vismay Muthukad. He is settled with this family in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala.
Writer & Hypnologist
Born and brought up in a spiritual/faith healing Syrian Christian family. His inborn sceptic mind seeking the truth behind miracle healing led him to hypnotism and later on he became a rationalist. Trained in scientific methodology of clinical hypnosis from Prof. Abraham T Kovoor, atheist, Sri Lanka. Renowned columnist of popular periodicals like 'Kerala Shabdam', 'Kunkumam weekly', 'Mangalam weekly'.
System Expert recognized by the Dept. of Indian Systems of Medicine, Govt. of Kerala.
The first Indian who achieved the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma through National Qualification Framework of British Government, which is the only accredited qualification for Hypnotherapy in the world (http://website.ncfe.org.uk)
Singer , Actor
Krishnachandran (born 16 June 1960) is an Indian actor, singer, and dubbing artist in Malayalam movies .
Krishnachandran is born as the eldest among two children of P. Narayana Raja and Nalini Raja of Nilambur Kovilakam Nilambur, Malappuram district on 16 June 1960. He has a younger sister named Meera. He had his primary education from GMHS, Nilambur. He pursued a Bachelors Degree in Music with first rank from Calicut University from Government College Chittur, Palakkad. He holds an M.A. in Music at Madras University.
He married South Indian actress Vanitha Krishnachandran on 11 May 1986 at Mookambika Temple, Kollur. They have a daughter named Amritavarshini, born on 1990. They lived at Chennai from 1986 till 2005. They are currently settled at Thiruvananthapuram.
His debut movie was Rathinirvedam in 1978. He was the voice for actor Vineeth and Rahman and also for Kunchakko Boban in Aniyathipravu. He won best dubbing artiste Kerala State Award for Kabuliwala (Vineeth)and Aniyathipravu (Kunchakko Boban) He acted in approximately 30 Malayalam movies and sang almost 1000 songs in Malayalam and Tamil movies, including many famous songs for Ilayaraja in Tamil movies. Music director Ilayaraja introduced him to the Tamil film industry in Kozhikoovuthu in 1982.
M Swaraj is an Indian politician of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), and represents Thripunithura constituency in the Kerala Legislative Assembly.
Magician Nilambur Sethumadhavan
Nilambur Ayisha is an Indian actress in Malayalam movies. She was one a supporting actress in late 1960s and 1970s in Malayalam movies. She has acted in more than 50 movies.
She was born at Nilambur and was a theatre artist before becoming a cine artist. She made her film debut with Kandam Becha Kottu, the first colour film in Malayalam, in 1961. She suffered many hardships in her early years of drama acting. It was Nilambur Aysha's move against the opposition of Muslim orthodoxy that paved the way for several other Muslim women to take up acting and singing. Zeenath was one of the actresses she inspired.'
Nilambur Balan was an Indian actor in Malayalam movies. He was one of the prominent supporting actor in late 1960s and 1970s in Malayalam movies. He has acted in more than 50 movies.
He was born at Nilambur. He was a theater artist before becoming a cine artist. Balan acted in many films, including the Sankupushpam. He was married to Vjayalakshmi on 8 December 1957. They have started a drama troupe,Kalithara and acted together in many dramas. His wife is Kerala State Theater Award winning actress. The couple has three children Santhosh, Vijayakumar, Asha. He died on 4 February 1990. An award instituted in memory of actor Nilambur Balan by the Nilambur Balan Anusmarana Samithi, to the personalities, for their contribution to the theater-cinema field.
Zeenath is an Indian film actress. She was a prominent supporting actress during the 1990s in Malayalam.
Zeenath was born to Abu Achippuram and Fathima in Nilambur, Malappuram district. She had her primary education from Navodaya School Nilambur. She is theater artist turned movie actor. She shared Kerala State Film Award for Best Dubbing Artist in 2007 with her sister Hafsath for the movie Paradesi. She was married twice. She married Malayalam Drama director and producer K. T. Muhammed in 10 June 1981 but ended up in divorce. Together they have a son Jithin who is married to Saleena Salim. Then she married Anil Kumar and have a son Nithin Anil. She currently resides in Kochi.
Rahman (born Rashin Rahman on May 23 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) is an Indian film actor in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu films.He was considered as one of the superstars in Malayalam cinema in 1980s. He has acted in more than 150 films.
Rahman's first Malayalam film was Koodevide, which was released in 1983. It became a big hit. He was one of the superstars of Malayalam cinema in the 1980s, alongside Mammootty and Mohanlal. He acted in the films of almost all the major Malayam directors at that time. Rahman acted in several popular films including Koodevide, Kanamarayathu, Uyarangalil, Vaartha, Poomukhapadiyil Ninneyum Kathu, Ee Thanalil Ethiri Neram, Ee Lokam Evide Kure Manushyar, Kandu Kandarinju, and Aparatha. He was absent from the Malayalam film industry in the late 1990s as he concentrated on Tamil and Telugu fims. After a long absence, he acted in Mazhavil Koodaram, King Solomon and Hitlist. After another interval, he came back with the movie Dreams, playing the role of a police officer. Another of his comeback movie was Black, alongside Mammootty. In 2008, he completed his silver jubilee as an actor.
Rahman's first Tamil film was Nileve Malare, which was released in 1986; the director of the film was S. A. Chanderashekhar (Tamil actor Vijay's father). He subsequently appeared in Kanne Kannemuthe, Vasantharagam and Anpulla Appa (with Sivaji Ganeshan). In 1989, after appearing in Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal, Puriyatha Puthir and Nee Pathi Naan Pathi, he shifted completely to Tamil and Telugu. Bharath Band is one of his big hits in Telugu. Rasaleela was the first Telugu movie Rahman acted in; it was released in 1986. In January 1987, Rahman moved from Kozhikode to Bangalore. In 1990, he moved from Bangalore to Chennai.
Rahman's native place is in Nilambur, Malappuram district, Kerala. Rahman attended Baldwin Boys High School in Bangalore, St Joseph's Abudhabi in Abu Dhabi, Rex Higher Secondary School in Ooty, and M.E.S. Mampad College, Nilambur.
Rahman received the State Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in his very first film, Koodevide. He also received the Film Critics Award and Chamber Award for this film. In 1984 he received the Kerala Film Chamber Award for Best Actor for the film Ithiri Poove Chuvanna Poove. Rahman received the Award for Trendsetter in the history of Malayalam cinema's 78 years at the Etisalat Everest Film awards held in Dubai in 2007. The public voted Rahman for this award from the nominations including Kamal Hassan, Sreedevi, Manju Warrier and Nadhiya.
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lyricist, Mesmerist, Singer & Actor
T.N. Bharathan Thampan
Actor, Stage Artist