Born to Chacko and Mumnayat Eliyamma in 1914, Dominic Chacko Kizhakemuri showed all signs of making it big in life from a very early age. He became a teacher at a young age of 16 and was much loved by his students. Fondly known as Kochusaar, mesubng young teacher, DC was a figure the students looked up to. From founding the NBS, to writing acclaimed political satires for Malayalam dailies to being a recipient of the Padmabhushan on January 26th, 1999 - the day he breathed his last; DC's achievements are many.
A look into his illustrious life that had a striking milestone on every turnů

Year Milestones
1914 Dominic Chacko Kizhakemuri was born to Chacko and
Mumnayat Eliyamma
  • Passed Secondary School Learning Certificate.
  • Became a teacher when he was just 16 years of age at Kanjirappally. He was known as ‘Kochusaar’.
  • Later, passed TTC from Changanassery. Served 12 years as a teacher.
  • Became a part of the INC and conducted many freedom fight meetings.
1937 Active member of the INC who conducted meetings with K.J. Thomas.
1942 Founded the Sahrudaya Granthasala (Library) with K J Thomas as secretary and DC as a committee member..
  • Became the editor of the Annual Publication of Sahrudaya Granthasala
  • Resigned as teacher and became a farmer.
  • Accepted Ponkunnam Varkey’s invite and came to Kottayam to start National Book Stall.
  • Started NBS in Kalarickkal with 5 members. It lasted only for a month. Ponkunnam Varkey then took over the entire partnership and became the owner. That didn’t last long to. Finally, P T Chacko, Mathew Msubangadan, M C Mathew, V T Mammen and DC decided to run the bookstall.

  • April 30
  • Sahitya Pravartaka Sahakarana Sangham was registered and started operation.
  • DC was the fifth partner in SPSS. Their first publication was ‘Thakazhiyude Kathakal’

  • May
  • Became the Manager at NBS.
  • It was after reaching Kottayam that he came to be known as DC.

  • September
  • DC was one of the founding fathers of the Kerala Granthasala Sangham which was started in Ambalappuzha.
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