PROFESSOR. M.G.S. NARAYANAN

Born at Ponnani, Kerala State, on 20th August 1932, Muttayil Govindamenon Sankara Narayanan had his education at Parpanangadi, Ponnani, Calicut,  Trichur &Madras; took Master’s degree in History from the Madras Christian College, securing Ist Class and Ist Rank in the University of Madras (1953); taught in Guruvayurappan College, Calicut; enjoyed UGC Research Fellowship; and was awarded Ph.D. by the University of Kerala in1973. 

He joined the P.G.Centre of Kerala University at Calicut in 1965.From the inception of the University of Calicut (1968) he served in the Department of History as Lecturer, Reader (1973) and Professor (1976), and was Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. Heading the Department from 1970 till retirement in 1992, he was instrumental in establishing a specialized library and a museum of Kerala History and Culture, conducting workshops and summer institutes, modernizing the syllabus, introducing semester scheme and in starting departmental publications. He was Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellow, SOAS, University of London (1974 –75); Visiting Fellow, Universities of Moscow and Leningrad (1991); First Member Secretary, ICHR, New Delhi (1990-92); Member of UGC Panel in History, UGC National Lecturer, UGC Visiting Professor, School of Social Sciences, MG University, Kottayam (1992-93); Visiting Research Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo (1994-95); Visiting Professor, Mangalore University (1996), Chairman, ICHR, New Delhi (2001-03), and Chairman, Technical Advisory Committee for Kerala State Archives (2004-5)    

Since 1969, he was closely associated with the Indian History Congress, of which he was member of Executive Committee for several years from 1974; Local Secretary (1976); President of Section I-Ancient India (1978); Joint Secretary for many years, and General Secretary (1983-1985). He was President of Indian History and Culture Society (2001).Dr. Narayanan took active part in establishing and promoting South Indian History Congress, Epigraphical Society of India, and Place Name Society of India; and has been Member of Executive Committee and President of  these bodies at different times. He was member of the following academic bodies: Editorial Committee, Journal of Indian History, Indian Historical Review; Editorial Board, History Text Books in the NCERT; and Team Project on Socio-Religious Movements, Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla. He studied ancient scripts like Brahmi, Vattezhuttu and Grantha, and Tamil and Sanskrit languages, and writes and broadcasts in Malayalam and English regularly.Some of Dr. M.G.S.Narayanan’s research papers  have been collected in Cultural Symbiosis in Kerala, 1972; Aspects of Aryanisation in Kerala, 1973; Re-Interpretations in South Indian History, 1977; and Foundations of South Indian Society and Culture, 1994. He co-authored with his student Dr. Kesavan Veluthat the chapter on the history of Nambutiri Community in Agni, the Vedic Ritual of the Fire Altar, Berkeley, 1983; and Kerala Through The Ages, Part I, 1976, published by the Government of Kerala.  

As General Editor of the Calicut University Historical Series, he brought out 3 volumes of sources for Kerala History, including Vanjeri Grandhavari, 1987, which he himself edited. He was Chief Editor of Malabar, 1994, a compilation of extracts from research works in the last hundred years. A few copies of his doctoral dissertation had been printed under the title of Perumals of Kerala, 1996. A revised edition is being prepared under the title of Brahmin Oligarchy and Ritual Sovereignty – Perumals of Kerala. 

In Malayalam, he is the author of India Caritra Paricayam, 1969 ; Sahitya Aparadhangal, 1970; and Kerala Caritrattinte Adisthaana Silakal, 1971 & 2001; Kozhikkodinte Katha , 2001; Secular Jaatiyum Secular Matavum, 2001; and Janaadhipatyavum Communisavum, 2004, besides essays on history and literature published in important journals and magazines.

He has published one hundred and twelve research papers in national and international journals, and participated in several workshops, seminars etc. in India and abroad. He supervised six scholars for Ph.D. and several others for M.Phil degree; participated as observer in Kodungallur excavations in Kerala (1969-70); and has discovered and published a Brahmi inscription of Bindusara from Sanchi and several medieval Vattezhuttu inscriptions of Kerala.