Guru Chemancheri Kunhiraman Nair:
Guru Chemancheri Kunhiraman Nair, a recipient of Padma Shri, died at the age of 104.
- Chemancheri Kunhiraman Nair, also known as Guru Chemancheri (1916 – 2021) was a noted Indian Kathakali actor.
- Kathakali is a major form of classical Indian dance from Kerala.
- He also played a significant role in making Bharatanatyam popular in north Kerala.
- He established an institution named Bharateeya Natya Kalalayam at Kannur in 1945. Later, he established another school, Cheliya Kathakali Vidyalayam, in 1983, in Cheliya.
- 1999 Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Akademi Fellowship of the Academy
- 2017 Padma Shri awarded by the Government of India
- Sangeet Natak Academi Tagore Award for contributions to Kathakali