Vengayil Kunhiraman Nayanar

Vengayil Kunhiraman Nayanar was a Malayali journalist, essay writer, critic and short story writer.

One of the pioneers in these fields in Kerala, Nayanar was born in an aristocratic Nair family known as Vengayil in Chirackal Thaluk, North Malabar. Nayanar was educated in Calicut and Saidampetta Agricultural College.

In 1907 he became member of Malabar District Board. In 1912 he was elected to Madras Assembly. He came to the literary world through Kerala Pathrika.

Under the pen names Kesari,Vajrasoochi, Vajrabahu, Vengayil Kunhiraman Nayanar's works obtained wide appreciation from all over South India. Kesari was a sharp critic of social reality, criticising social inequalities.

As a barrister, in 1913 he also moved a resolution at the Madras Governor's Council to have the Kasaragod taluk merge with the Malabar District.