Kunchan Nambiar, inventor of Malayalam art form ‘Ottamthullal’

Kunchan Nambiar was a famous Malayalam poet and a devotional writer. He was a multifaceted personality, who was well versed in all kinds of arts. Similar to Ezhuthachan, Bhattari and Poonthanam Namboothiri, Nambiar was very good in penning devotional poems. He is considered as the king of the poets in his period.

Nambiar is believed to have been born in the year 1705 in a village in Palakkad district of Kerala in a pious Malayali family. He got high spirits in training martial arts and was good at education, and studied the great epic “NARAYANEEYAM” at his younger age itself, and became an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna, and he used to sing melodious songs on Lord Krishna in the Guruvayur Temple, and he was highly appreciated by the kings for his talents.

Kunchan Nambiar worked in the king’s court of Travancore as a court poet. At the later stage of his life, he went to Ambalapuzha and he died in the year 1770. Kunchan Nambiar was also mastered in all forms of dance arts, and introduced new methods in the dancing field. The Government of Kerala founded Kunjan Nambiar Memorial in Ambalappuzha.


1. Syamanthakam

2. Ghoshayathra

3. Kiratham

4. Santhanagopalam

5. Patracharitham

6. Karthaveeryarjunavijayam

7. Bakavadham

8. Hariniswayamvaram


Let us praise the glory of the great poet.


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