Malappuram district has a good tradition in the field of art and culture. Many of the renowned writers and poets hail from this part if the land. It is a long chain, starting with Thunjath Ezhuthachan, honored as the father of modern Malayalam literature. He was born in Trikkandiyur near Tirur, 400 years ago. He wrote his poems in Malayalam, when the Kerala literary field was crushed under Sanskrit, the language of the upper class. Ramayanam, and Maha Bharatham   are widely read in Malayali houses, as sacred books.
Melpathur Melpathur Narayana Bhattatiri, a Sanskrit Scholar, the author of Naryaaneeyam lived in Ezhuthachan’s period. His birth place is Chandanakkavu, near Tirunavaya. He was a great Sanskrit grammarian.
Poonthanam Poonthanam Namboodiri was a great poet of the 16th Century. He wrote devotional poems aiming at social reforms. He exhorted the people to have moral and secular values in a period when Chaturvarnya was in its top status. His birthplace is Keezattur, near Perinthalmanna.
Achutha Pisharodi Trikadndiyur Achutha Pisharodi, an authority in Astronomy, Sanskrit Grammar and Ayurveda, lived in the period of Thunjath Ezhuthachan. He was the Guru of Melpathur Bhattathiri.
Vallathol Vallathol Narayanan Menon, the great modern Malayalam Poet, who was instrumental in reviving Kathakali, hailed from Chennara, near Tirur. Vallathol later settled in Cheruthuruthi in Thrissur district.
Kuttikrishna Marar A great literary critic, writer and grammarian in Malayalam, Kuttikrishna Marar was a native of Ponnani.
Moyin Kutty Vaidyar The finest exponent of Mappila Pattu, Moyin Kutty Vaidyar (1891) was born in Ottupara, near Kondotty. His Badr-ul-Muneer-Husnul-Jamal, the earliest romantic Piece in Mappilappattu, is praised for its craft.
V.C.Balakrishna Panicker Poet and writer, V.C. Balakrishna Panicker (1889-1912) was born at Oorakam in Vengara. His poem Oru Vilapam is famous.
Edasseri Edasseri Govindan Nair, poet and Social reformer, was a native of Mallur near Kuttippuram, who settled in Ponnani. He was prominent among progressive writers of Kerala.
Uroob P.C. Kuttikrishnan, known as Uroob, was from Kadavanadu in Ponnani. His novels and short stories played a great role in the development of Malayalam literature.
Cherukat Cherukat Govinda Pisharodi, known as Cherukad was a great playwrite and novelist, associated with the Communist movement. His birth place is at Chelakkara, near Perinthalmanna.
K. Damodaran The Communist theoretician and author of the famous play Pattabakki, which helped the growth of the agrarian movement in Kerala, was born in Tirur.
Kuttipurath Kesavan Nair This poet was from Kuttippuram. The Agrarian beauty and the innocence of country sides, were his themes.
P.V.Krishna Warrier Kavikulaguru P.V. Krishna Warrier, was born in Kottakkal.
Vachaspathi Famous for the interpretation of Amarakosam named Parameswari Vachaspathi Parameswaran Moosad, was a native of Ponmala near Malappuram.
Vazhemkada Famous Kathakali actor and Guru, Vazhemkada Kunju Nair, was from Malappuram District.

Pulikkottil Hyder

Writing mappila songs in  simple style and in colloquial Malayalam of Ernad, Pulikkottil Hyder attacked social evils. He was born in Wandoor.

Chakkiri Chakkiri Moideen Kutty, Mappila poet and writer, born in Cherur near Vengara, used simple Malayalam. He composed an Arabian-Malayalam dictionary.
Nandanar Nandanar (P.C. Gopalan) born in Angadipuram, is famous for his stories based on military life.
Sudhakaran Sudhakaran Thelakkad was a promising poet of the district. Born in Elamkulam he died in his 27th year
Madhavanar The translator of Gandhiji’s autobiography into Malayalam, Madhavanar (K.Madhavan Nair) was born in Pallikkunnu.
The founder of Drig Ganitha in astronomy, Vadasseri Parameswaran Namboodiri of Thirunavaya, the writer of interpretation for the Arya Bateeyam, Neelakandha Somayaji of Trikkandiyur, poets and writers like K.C. Komu Kutty Moulavi, M.Govindan, Vallathol Gopala Menon, Kuttippurath Kittunni Nair, Kadavanad Kuttikrishnan etc. ,  the lists is lengthy.
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