T.H.P. Chentharasseri
T.H.P. Chentharasseri. Image: Wikipedia

Thiruvananthapuram: Noted historian and Dalit writer T. H. P. Chentharasseri passed away on Friday. He was under treatment for age-related ailments. He is known as the biographer of Ayyankali. His real name is T. Heera Prasad.

T. H. P. Chentharasseri was born on July 29, 1928 at Othera in Thiruvalla. He completed pre degree from Changanassery SB College and BA and BCom degrees from Thiruvananthapuram Mar Ivanios College and MG College. After this he joined in the accountant general office and retired in 1986.

It was T. H. P. Chentharasseri who wrote the first biography of Mahathma Ayyankali in Malayalam. He has also penned biographies of renaissance leaders like Dr. Ambedkar, Poykayil Appachan, Pampady John Joseph and Swami Ananda Theerthan. One of his major contributions is the book ‘Kerala Navothana Nayakanmar’ published in 2014.

He has written books about Ayyankali and Ambedkar in English. His contributions include novels, travelogues and plays. T. H. P. Chentharasseri has won many honours like Kerala Sahithya Academy Award, National Dalit Literature Award and Ambedkar International Award.