Govindan Nair (1906-1974) is ever remembered as the leading light of the
post-independence modern Malayalam poetry. As a poet, playwright and social activist he endeared himself to all
classes of people. Edasseri Memorial Committee was constituted at Ponani (the place where the poet lived and worked for many years) on December 24, 1978, one day after the poet’s 72nd birth anniversary. The Committee was inaugurated at a function held at the Kerala Sahitya
Akademi Hall, Thrissur by late
V.T. Bhattathiripad, renowned social reformer, orator and dramatist. The founder Secretary was the famous poet Shri Kadavanad Kuttikrishnan and the Treasurer Mahakavi Akkitham Achyuthan
Namboothiri. At present the Committee has as its office bearers a group of poets and intellectuals led by Mahakavi Akkitham Achyuthan Namboothiri.
The first Committee Members include
well-known Malayalam writers Uroob (P.C.Kuttikrishnan), Pavanan, P.K.A.
Rahim, K.V. Ramakrishnan, C.P. Sreedharan, N.N. Thalappil, Dr. K.K.
Rahulan, P.T. Narendra Menon, M.R. Bhattathiripad, E. Raman etc.
The Committee owns a small building in Ponani. The Krishna Panikker Library & Reading Room functions in this building. This library & reading room was established in the forties by Shri Edasseri himself together with P. Narayanan
Vydiar, T. Gopala Kurup and Thressia Teacher in memory of Shri P. Krishna
Panikker, a freedom fighter, who died as a result of torture in jail.