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Thunchaththu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan
Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan Malayalam (commonly known as Thunjath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan) is considered as the Father of the Malayalam language. He was born around 450 years ago in Malappuram district of Kerala, south India. His real name is not known; of the many names attributed to him, Ramanujan is the most popular.
It was in Thunjan Parambu that Ezhuthachan modified the Malayalam alphabets and wrote the Harinamakeerthanam to popularize them. Even after centuries people from various parts of the state come to take sand from Thunjan Parambu to initiate their children to the alphabet. Every year, hundreds of people bring their children to write their first alphabets during the Vijayadasami festival, to Thunjan Parambu. "Anpathoraksharavum oronnithenmozhiyil Anpodu cherkka Hari Narayanaya Nama" - Harinamakeerthanam 14th stanza There is no controversy that the great teacher was the strongest sponsor of the 51 letter alphabet for Malayalam instead of the 30 letter Vattezhuthu.