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The Founder of the DC Group of Institutions - DC Kizhakemuri’s contributions to the Malayalam publishing industry has been enormous. His dedication in this field could perhaps be one of the reasons for the improved interest in Malayalam books among Keralites.

Popularly known as DC, Dominic Chacko Kizhakemuri was born in a middle class family at Kanjirapally, Kottayam on 12th January 1914. After completing his education, he took up teaching as his career. He was an efficient teacher and very popular among students.

In 1945, he established the ‘National Book Stall’ and in 1949, Sahitya Pravarthaka Cooperative Society (SPCS), both of which started a new era in the Malayalam publication industry.

After retiring in 1974, DC started his own publishing firm named DC Books. When the pre-publication offer of English-English-Malayalam Dictionary was announced, it received about eleven thousand requests through mail! After that the firm never had to look back. Manuscripts from several authors started pouring in since DC had an eye for good writing talents. In 1977, DC took over Current Books, a small chain of bookstores. With the expansion of the network, DC books became readily available throughout Kerala.

DC founded the Kairali Children’s Book Trust in 1982 in order to deal with the lack of books for children. He also established Kairali Mudralayam in commemoration of the 400th year of Malayalam printing. DC also proved his acumen in writing, with 15 titles to his credit.

Apart from being the recipient of the Padmabhushan (1999), DC bagged several awards and recognitions including:

  • Thamrapatra by the Government of India for his contribution to the freedom movement
  • The Distinguished Publishers Award by the Federation of Indian Publishers (1996)
  • Veteran Publisher Award by the Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India and Publishers Hall of Fame
  • Swadeshabhimani Puraskaram

DC Kizhakemuri passed away on 26th January, 1999. His spirit and guidance still lives through his life-long work and his services to the world of books.

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