Chief Editor & Publisher
P. Sukumaran, a Journalistic, Social, Political and Cultural activist, has dedicated his life for bringing out Malayalam publications from Mumbai, since the last one and a half decades. In this endeavour Sukumaran realised that the Malayali diasporas, a community of around 8 million people residing outside Kerala is the driving force of Kerala’s economic vibrancy but unfortunately their contribution has not been documented or recognized safer until Sukumaran brought out the first Malayali directory in 1996.
After coming to Mumbai in 1985, Sukumaran started his career at Hinduja Hospital’s in their Engineering department. After having spent 13 long years there, Sukumaran quit the job for his love towards Journalism.
Sukumaran decided to bring out Malayali directories from different Indian cities and establish a publication venture ‘Malayalam Media Publishers and Distributors Pvt. Ltd.’ He is now the Chief Editor and Pubilisher of the media house.
Sukumaran undertook the task of bringing out an elaborate Directory of Mumbai malayalis, one of its first kind in India, that too in a city where more than two lakh Malayalis live. The data collection was much tedious, but Sukumaran, succeeded in bringing out the first Mumbai Malayali Directory in 1996, This directory was released by Mr. E.K. Nayanar, the then Chief Minister of Kerala. Followed by this a second edition in 1999, a Pune Malayali Directory in 2003, Bangalore Directory in 2006 and finally the latest one Chennai Malayali Directory in 2008 were published.
Now, after a few successful ventures in India, Sukumaran attained a US visa (B1- B2) and launched the work of US Malayali Directory from New York. The entire GCC will be covered in the Gulf Malayali Directory. Along with that he started his Gulf venture with a residential visa from Dubai under the banner of Excellence International Media and Publishers LLC. Apart from Directories this establishment undertakes the publishing of News Magazines, Corporate films, House journals, Public Relation, Event managements etc. All these directories are available at all book stalls across the world and is a great source of information about the Malayali diasporas.
An avid reader and his passion to the Malayalam literature, Sukumaran started a book club, Malayalam Book Club, in 2007 to promote reading habit of Malayali diasporas. The Book Club, having a membership base of over 1,000, offers delivery across the globe.
In 2007, Sukumaran organized the largest Malayalam Book Fair in the history of Chennai. The 7-day book fair displayed more than one lakh titles from over 400 publishers, which includes Book Mark, DC Books, TBS, Current Books, Mahtrubhumi Books, etc. As part of this event, he organized a 5-day seminar to promote Malayalam art, culture, literature and cinema. The prominent writers and film directors like Perumbadavom Sreedharan, Punathil Kunjabdullah, Kureepuzha Sreekumar, D. Vinayachandran, Akbar Kakkattil, Rose Mary, Lohitha Das, Priya Nandan, R. Sreekandan Nair, Rose Mary, K.S. Sethumadhavan and Dr. M. Rajeev Kumar participated in the seminar.
Sukumaran was the chief project coordinator for award winning documentary on Raja Ravi Varma, the legendary painter from Kerala. He also worked as chief project coordinator for over four documentaries.
He became so popular among the Mumbai Malayalees with his active involvement in Malayalam Theatrical movement, then. This led him to found Natyakshetra, an amateur theatre group, and kept him engaged in theatrical activities and writing for many current mainstream Malayalam publications. Thus began his freelance journalism.
He was a regular contributor to many little magazines that came up in Malayalam with quality literary outputs. He has published more than 800 articles during this period. In 1992, Sukumaran started Malayalam Monthly a news magazine called Malayalikalude Malayala Naadu. From 1997 Sukumaran as the Chief Editor began publishing another magazine called “Pravasikalude Keralam”. The company also published books on biographies, short stories, poetries of prominent non-resident Keralites. The first ever malayalam poetry translation of Narayaneeyam was published by Malayalam Media.
Sukumaran also participated in several Human Rights activities. He is the recipient of “Malayala Shabdam Award” and “Khazzack Award” for his contributions to the Malayalam journalism as a Non-resident Keralite. Many National English and Malayalam Dailies and visual medias including Asianet, Kairali, Amrita, Jeevan interviewed him.
The exposure of the plight of Raja Ravi Varma’s press in Lonavala (The first litho press in India) in Kala Kaumudi Daily by Sukumaran was highly appreciated. Topped with this he has done a memorable interview about Mundoor Ravunni called “Karapuralaatha Manushyasnehi” in Kala Kaumudi and he has won the ‘Best Journalist Award’ for both the reports.
He was also Chief Editor of one of the reference books in Malayalam entitled ‘Malayala Sangeetha Smaranika’ published by Raga Sudha, Mumbai.
Sukumaran had interacted with many stalwarts in the Malayalam literary field and had interviewed many celebrities from the fields of Politics, Literature, Art and Culture. All these interviews were highly notable and threw light on the personalities a closer to the earth angle.
Sukumaran hails from Nangiarkulangara in Allappuzha District, Kerala. He lives with his wife Mrs. Jaya Sukumaran and two children, Anand and Ammu.
|World renowed musician and playback singer Padmabhushan Dr. K. J. Yesudas honouring Mr.P.Sukumaran, Chief Editor, Malayalam Sangeetha Samaranika by presenting a Momento in 2002, in the presence of well-know Malayalam poet & lyricist Prof.O.N.V. Kurup and playback singer P.Jayachandran at Mumbai.||Well-Known thinker & writer Prof. M.N. Vijayan presenting the "Best Journalist Award" instituted by Malayala sabdam to Mr. Sukumaran a 27th may 2003|
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