Perunnadassery a prominent Ezhava Channar family of Kadakkavoor, Thiruvananthapuram
By Maliny Madhavan
was a prominent Ezhava Channar family of Kadakkavoor, Thiruvananthapuram.
Around 1850, there
were two brothers named Kali Asan and Chathan Asan. They were traditional
coconut growers and they used to sell dry coconuts in Alappuzha. They had the
so called Kettu vallam, a type of boat. They happened to meet two brahmin
sisters of Chathanoor Mana. They at last married these two brothers.
Antarjanam married Kali Asan and formed Arunassery family.
sister married Chathan Asan and formed Mavila Family.
of Mavila and Arunassery became powerful in Kadakkavoor area. They owned plenty
Antarjanam's name is in legal documents of Arunassery.
traditional occupation was coconut growing. They were helped by Thandar people,
a tree climbing caste of South Kerala. For toddy tapping, Vaduga Ezhavas were
brought from Alappuzha.
At first they
sold dry coconuts in Alappuzha. Later local Chettiar people used to buy them.
Then in later times, they became doctors, engineers and lawyers.
(1930) and MLA R.Prakasam (father of MLA Jameela Prakasam) were SNDP heads.
They hail from Mavila.
Neelandan and Thiru-Kochi minister Kunjiraman hails from Arunassery.
Prakasam was a veteran Communist leader and former MLA. Late Ex-Minister K.
Kunjiraman was a Congress leader.
In the assembly
election held in Thiru-Kochi, the candidates in Attingal constituency were R.
Prakasam vs. K. Kunjiraman. Kunjiraman won the election with a slim majority
and became Minister of Thiru -Kochi (unified state of Travancore and Kochi,
before the formation of Kerala state in 1956).
Antharjanam and Kali Asan had only one daughter. She inherited Arunassery according to
Marumakkathayam. She had five daughters. One of them had no children. Her share
went to the Munduvilakom Devi temple controlled by Arunassery Channars.
sub families named Arunassery itself, Valiyavilakom, Pandaravilakom and
Dr. V. Geetha is from Arunassery. Current Women's Commission Justice D SreeDevi
is related to this family.
Kovalam MLA Jameela Prakasham and Kannur University VC Chandramohan are related
to this family.