Pisharody master still going strong at 105
K P Achutha Pisharody's knowledge, gained from 105 years of experience, can be gauged from his gentle smile. Pisharody, fondly called Pisharody 'mash', stays at his house (Pisharath) near the Pallipuram Kodikkunnu temple in Paruthur panchayat in Palakkad.
He has turned his house into a learning centre after officially retiring from teaching. Pisharody mash is ready to impart knowledge not only in Sanskrit, literature and grammar, but has offered his own life as a study book to all those who come to learn from him.
His house at Pallipuram is always crowded. School children to top government officials are his students. Lessons outside the syllabus can be learned from Pisharody mash. He did not show any reluctance to impart knowledge even when social injustice ruled the roost in olden times. That is why thousands come to him seeking knowledge even now.
Achutha Pisharody is the last link of the students of the great scholar Punnasseri Nambi Neelakanta Sharma.
His first teacher was his brother Narayana Pisharody. After learning from his brother, he studied for fours years at Nambi Neelakanta Sharma's 'Saraswathodyothini', a centre for Sanskrit teaching, and passed Sahithya Shiromani examination.
He started his academic life as a Sanskrit teacher at the Triprayar Peringottukara school in 1939. Before that, he had taught at the Kulamukku school near his house after completing eight standard, on directions of Chellu Ezhuthachan.
After Peringottukara, he continued his teaching at Rama Panikar's Sanskrit school at Vadakara, Pavaratty Sanskrit College, Chembra high school, St Joseph's Kozhikode, Kozhikode Ganpath school and Tanur Devadhar.
Achutha Pisharody was born as the son of Puthusseri Manakkal Pashupathy Namboodiri and Thrikkovil Pisharath Narayanikutty Pisharasyar in 1911. He never got married. He received the 'Devi' award from the Zamorin in 2011. He was honoured with 'Panditha Ratnam' title by the Vishva Samskritha Prathishthan in 2012. The Shree Sankaracharya Madham conferred the 'Acharya' title on him. He has also received Olapamanna award and Revathi Pattathanam.