M.P.Raghava Pisharody (also known as MPR Pisharody / Pisharody ) was born in Kerala and was a stage and film actor. He acted in several famous plays during the post-independence era and was awarded the Best Actorâ€ state award from Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Akademy in the year 1961-62. He made his debut with the Malayalam film â€œ Chemmeenâ€ and is best known for his role in â€œasuravithuâ€ and has acted in over 25 Malayalam movies during his career in the films. == Early Life == MP Raghava Pisharody ( MPR pisharody / pisharody )was born to a Malayalee pisharody family in April 1928, in Madupully ( Madupully Pisharam ), Peringode PO, Pallakad district. He was the youngest son born to Nanikkutti pisharasyar and Kunjikrishna Pisharody. His mother was a classical ( Carnatic ) music teacher and has trained members of the Poomully Mana, peringode, Palghat district. Raghavan initiated schooling at the Cheruthuruthy government School but was later dismissed for his participation in the Indian freedom movement. He continued schooling at the Akkikkavu School. On completing his education, he worked with the Press Trust of India, due to his close association with K.P.K Pisharody, then Chief Editor of Manorama Daily and a Sarvodaya Leader. On completing Technical Training , he joined with the Public Health Engineering Department ( PHED), Government of Kerala.
==== Theater ==== All along, he continued to be a stage actor and started this in association with Janakeeya Kala Samiti, Palghat. Along with acting, he also directed several dramas. In the year 1961 - 62 he was awarded the â€œ Best Actor Award â€œ state award by the Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Akademy. Winning this State Award opened doors to the film world. He was associated with several drama institutions such as Janakiya Kala Samathi, Palakkad, and the Bharat Arts Club, peringode. In the year 1990, his close ties with Late Sri. Vaikom Chandrasekharan Nair ( ex. Chairman of KSNA) along with Late Sri.Premji and Sri. Mullanezhi led him to act on stage for the play â€œAdukkalayil Ninnum Arangatheckuâ€ to commemorate the Jubilee celebration of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi. This was staged in the Regional Theatre, Trichur as well as several stages across Kerala. ==== Film ==== Example.jpgCaption1 Example.jpgCaption2 While working at the Public Health Engineering Department, in the year 1962, he received the Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy state award as the â€œ Best Actorâ€. During the award ceremony, he received an invitation from the legendary director Ramu Kariat to act in â€œchemmeenâ€ that was produced by Babu Ismail Sait under the banner Kanmani Films. This film received several awards namely National Film Award for Best Feature Film9 Certificate of Merit at the Chicago International Film Festival Gold Medal at the Cannes Film Festival for Best Cinematography â€“ Marcus Bartley His passion for acting led him to take a sabbatical from the Public health engineering department and move to Madras, in search of more opportunities. He acted in over 25 Malayalam films. Cochin express, Ammu, Kalyana photo, Asuravithu, golanthara varthakal, and Adiverugal were some among them.
Socio - political involvement
Much later, he returned to Kerala and joined PHED as the Superintendent while continuing to be a stage and film actor. During the emergency period, he was an active participant in the Kerala state politics where he worked on the state election campaign against the emergency and much later continued to stay deeply involved in several social activities promoting development and thereby creating impact. Being a well accepted impartial person among all sections of the people he spearheaded (along with social activists- T.P.Rama Pisharody, Nilayamcode Sathisan,Manipra Sivan Nair, Mathukutty, Vadakkekkara Radhakrishnan, Kunjimoideen), in forming a community mediation mechanism in Thichoor Village, Varavoor Panchayat, Trichur district, to settle disputes among villagers.This ensured, that practically no dispute is escalated to the court resulted in shortlisting the village to develop as the first Litigation free village- Vyavahara Rahitha Gramam by the State Legal Services Authority on a later date