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M. Subramanian Namboodiri (1 March 1929 – 1 February 2019), commonly known by his pen name Thuppettan, was a Malayalam-language playwright from Kerala, India.[1][2] Hailing from Panjal, a village in Thrissur district of Kerala, Thuppettan had been a drawing teacher at a local school. His father Ittiravi Namboodiri was a Vedic scholar who tried to reform the conservative practices of the Namboodiri community.

M. Subrahmanyan Namboothiri
Born(1929-03-01)March 1, 1929
DiedFebruary 1, 2019(2019-02-01) (aged 89)
OccupationPlay Writer, Drawing Teacher,Painter, Vedic Scholar
Ajitha, Ravi

Some of the most famous works of Thuppettan include Thanathu Lavanam, Marumarunnu, Vettakkarappayal, Swaapaharanam Athava Ellarum Argentinayilekku, Bhadrayanam, Kalavastha, Mohanasundarapaalam, Double Act and Chakka.[3] He won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 2003 for Vannanthye Kaanam, a collection of 10 short and hilarious plays.[4]


  1. ^ "Playwright, painter Thuppetten passes away". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  2. ^ "Theatre artiste Thuppettan passes away". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 2019-02-01. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2019-02-01.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ K. C. Subi (February 1, 2015). "നാടെഴുതിച്ച നാടകങ്ങള്‍ [Nadezhuthicha Natakangal]". Mathrubhumi Illustrated Weekly (in Malayalam). 92 (46): 20–31.
  4. ^ "Akbar Kakkattil wins best novelist award". The Hindu. February 8, 2004. Retrieved July 8, 2013.